Squee the final saga in the Dustlands trilogy! I absolutely fell in love with Blood Red Road when I first read it four years ago – Saba was such a strong, flawed heroine and the writing style Young employed was inspired. I was in Saba’s mind every step of the way – and yeah, I will admit, I have a total thing for Jack. And Nero. Yeah, that crow does things for me.
Allegiant took me pleasantly by surprise. I picked it up, wanting a nice, breezy read after one of the ponderous tomes that makes up the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and it was a lot better than I thought it would be.
The world: Presumably in a post-apocalyptic future, Dwellers live in Pods – interconnected domes which make up their cities among vast wastelands. Each Dweller has a Smarteye, a device which allows people to “fraction” and visit virtual-reality worlds known as Realms where they can do whatever they want with just a thought. The Pods are to protect citizens from the Aether – a mysterious thing, presumably natural weather element that is constantly in the sky and can bring storms. What is the Aether and how did it get there? Who knows.