This was not time well spent - even though I was multi-tasking. The book dragged out horribly - especially in scenes where the action should have been fast and cutting - the author moved at a snails pace. The editors should have addressed this.
No, and I won't be buying or reading any more.
The narrator was not my favorite female narrator (Kate Reading)- but I think she did a good job with what she had to work with.
I was inspired to complain vocally, something I reserve for only the worst books I make the mistake of buying.
It would be nice if there were a clear indicator (warning) that a book was for the teenage market.
I am an adult who loves a good YA read---but really I just love an engrossing story. If it pulls me in and I can't stop reading-I'm happy!
I've just recently joined Audible when I got my Kindle Fire---and I'm telling you I'm a complete addict... I love listening to books---really helps make my work day fly by.
I loved Emma Galvin's narration on this one--and thought her voice completely stepped this up. She did a great job with all the voices but best of all her really connects as Tris. I have listened to this many times now... and probably will go back again. And again.
I keep wavering on how many stars I should give this story though... I felt like it was well paced and I was completely invested in it... until the end.
** MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**
I am quite willing to suspend disbelief on a lot of things---like for instance I don't actually think believe this society could ever happen in the future... this is a world Veronica Roth created and I can respect that.
But I thought the "war" portion felt rushed... and a little contrived maybe?? I felt the sacrifice by Tris' mother could have been a little clearer----I mean, is there a reason why she couldn't have tried to escape with Tris? I think the intention was self sacrifice and bravery. That Tris's mother was actually Divergent---and maybe that's something we'll get into in the next book. But I just wish there was a little more clarity on her death.Also Tris shoots one of my favorite characters---killing him---and I felt like she had no remorse for that...and barely acknowledged it. Then they make it into Dauntless headquarters---and Four's father, who specifically came to help with the computers doesn't go with her in the elevator toward the computer lab? Really? He stays out front? And did she really have to lose both her parents in one day? I felt like there was a lot that could have been explored in Tris's relationship with her Dad---how he would have reacted to Tobias---and I also felt like it lessened the impact of her mom's death. But, I am sure there must be a reason.
But, overall---I really enjoy it. I keep recommending it to all my peeps who love YA. Why? Adventure, Stakes that keep getting higher, strong female character---and romance. I have read that some people felt like their relationship was a "hot for teacher" romance---I felt like it was more like "hot for camp counselor"---Four/Tobias is only two years older than her, and was only really showing the recruits how to do things during the initiation period. But, I can see where if I were a parent that might be something might not translate well. Especially since she's 16 and he's 18.
If you, like me, are an adult who digs dystopia's---I really think this one is worth a listen. I will probably listen to it again tomorrow.
I don't get what the excitement was about with this book. Given that I'm a guy in my 40s I'm not what the author had in mind for her target audience. There's just way too many holes in the world that she tries to create and you REALLY have to suspend belief just to get through it. There's virtually no discussion about how Chicago became the center of the society and it's hard to believe there's no influence from others who live outside the area. And while the faction concept is interesting, anyone with a basic understanding of human nature will see that this societal design wouldn't exist in the "real" world.
Perhaps the author is expecting all of the young adults to just be naive and not ask too many questions but for me this book was uneventful and even absurd.
If you've already listened to the Hunger Games trilogy, then you should be warned that this book, while similar in concept, is not as good. If you have yet to listen to the HG, I suggest you use a credit for this book, listen to it, then do yourself a favor and buy the HG trilogy.
While the story is entertaining and imaginative, it does not have the depth and broadness of characters found in HG. I feel that, sadly, after listening to this book, any book in this genre will not compare to the Hunger Games trilogy.
Pick up the pace. The book was so slow! But the end got interesting.
This book is NOT like The Hunger Games!!!
I had higher hopes after reading such positive reviews. The book was inconsistent at best. The conflict was very low hanging and seemed to resolve itself in the most predictable way.
I might have enjoyed it more if I was 12.
I enjoyed the first-person perspective. The alleged 16 y.o. girl should not have been retarded.. She had the physical, emotional and mental prowess of approximately 11-12 y.o. which I think is common for books of this genre (where readers are girls younger than the protagonist) Secondly, she didn't have to be such a whiner. It was partly the prose and partly the reader but most everything seemed a complaint or a lament thru at least the first half.
The ending was not a surprise, quite formulaic but still satisfying.
I don't think I can stand another Emma Galvin read. Did she do one or more Twilight books? I couldn't get thru the audible version of that due to constant whininess and did better on the written version.
Beyond the whining of the retarded protagonist and perhaps the formulaic aspects, it was "pretty good". The concept of the futuristic society with adolescents having to irrevocably pick a clique, the "Survivor"-ish relationships and especially the coming-of-age transformation of the initially unlikeable protagonist were all well plotted and paced.
Again, the author targetted a very narrow and select young audience. If the protagonist acted her age -- with the intelligence, wit, observational skills of a mid-teenager -- this could have entertained a grown-up.
Divergent paints the picture of a dystopian future where society is divided into 5 factions. Upon reaching the age of 16 each person must undergo an aptitude test to reveal which faction best suits them. On the following day, Choosing Day, a public ceremony takes place where each teenager makes the choice that will define them for the rest of their lives.
The story begins as 16 year old Beatrice Prior undergoes her aptitude test and makes her life altering choice. Upon joining a faction, she must pass through the rigors of Initiation to become a full member, and if she fails, she will wind up factionless, which means a dreary life of servitude. Initiation is different for each faction, but can involve psychological tests that are administered after being injected with a serum that allows an artificial landscape to be formed inside your mind.
Although this book is targeted at young adults it does have an appeal that transcends that classification. Of course it is full of teenage angst and the blossoming of first love but there is also an interesting backstory of the struggle between the factions themselves. Beatrice finds herself at the center of the struggle between the factions and she must take a lot of risks to find out the truth of what is going on. Emma Galvin does a fine job as the narrator and her voice seemed an excellent fit for the material especially Beatrice.
This is the first book of a trilogy and thus is not complete. The story arc gets off to a good start here and I definitely enjoyed this book; however, in the vein of full disclosure I recommend that you take a peek at the reviews for book 3, Allegiant, before you decide if you want to start this series.
Seemed like an interesting premise at first, and I always like my dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. Not this time. Started out interesting, then it seemed like the author was running out of steam about 2/3 through the book, and so was I. There seemed to be a lot of action, it was very fast-paced, but not a whole lot of substance. More like an adolescent stream of consciousness. I wasn't even interested enough to finish it, having listened most of the way through it.
I also very quickly got tired of the one-dimensional characters, and all the abnegation nonsense. Actually, none of it made much sense. This book is nothing like The Hunger Games, even if it's trying very hard to be. It is much, much worse.
Having said that, I thought the performance was excellent, the narrator kept it more interesting than it would have been otherwise.
I enjoyed the listen, overall. much of what I didn't care for was accounted for when I heard "thank you for listeniing... Harper Childrens Books" after listening. Once i realized it was intended for the young adult audience it made sense. There is quite a bit of the angsty introspection that goes on when yo are a teen or young adult, but it is not too overwhelming. An enjoyable listen, especially once you get a third of the way in. There were several parts where I was completely engrossed, and others that my mind wandered. The author is young, and has a ton of potential. I will be very interested to see what she is putting out in 10 years, when she has a bit more life experience under her belt.
My biggest issue is the narrator. Really didn't care for her. I feel her interpretation of how the words should be delivered was off in many instances. Dialogue that was teasing was delivered in a serious tone, commas were delivered as full-stop periods, and it was very difficult to differentiate between spoken dialogue and thoughts when the text goes back and forth. The majority of Tris's mental dialogue is delivered in a strange monotone half-lisp. I would be extremely reluctant to listen to another book narrated by this person. on the plus side, she did a good job with different voices for the different characters.
I will listen to the following book, because I am curious about what happens next. I hope there will be more exploration of the other Factions, and some sort of explanation of how society arrived at this solution. And and answer as to what Dauntless is in fact supposed to be protecting everyone else from.