I'm a wife, mother to 4 wonderful boys and a total bookaholic :) I read mainly anything Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopian and Post Apocalyptic.
Both are equal but I do think that the audio book gives a little extra something to the story.
I love Four. He is such a strong character but yet he has a soft part.
Tris because Emma portrayed her really well.
Not really but I did get goose bumps when Tris and Four met and at a certain other part!!
Divergent is an amazing book. I've read the book loads of times and know I will listen to the audio book more because it's one of those books that never get old.
The story was weak. I understood the basic premise, but I think the dystopian society created in this book was a little too far-fetched. The romance was lame. The suspense leading up to the reason "Four" was called "Four" was a big letdown. By the end of the book, I had no desire to read the next of the series.
Aside from my disapointment in the book, I thought Emma Galvin's performance was very good. She may be the reason I stuck with the story! She has a pleasing tone to her voice.
My teenage self probably would have LOVED it. The adult me craved more substance.
It's not fair to compare this book to The Hunger Games because there is no comparison. The Hunger Games is in a whole other league.
I never got in touch with this story which probably is because of me lacking understanding af this future language. So I cannot recommend it to anyone and have no more to say about it.
The Action and Suspense is ok if you can suspend your disbelief
I just couldn't suspend reality enough to believe in a "world" where everyone is classified into factions based on one trait.
Main concetpt: Some people are Divergent. Unfortunately the main character is really one-dimensional and self-absorbed.
A better story
She was great!
No not really!
I thought the book was going to be different. I did not like it.
I love Audible!
I rarely write reviews but I feel compelled to share a few thoughts on this one. Perhaps one of the more erudite (pun intended) readers can enlighten me.
I found this book very reminiscent of The Hunger Games book1. There are several parallels between the two dystopic societies with faction/districts fighting the evil government/opposing faction. Really felt like a knock off to me.
Hate to be a downer in the shadow of so many positive reviews but some one may find this opposing point of view helpful.
I bought this because I have a long commute with my teenagers and thought they would enjoy it. They did. I did not. My teenagers enjoyed it so much that I've bought the other two books in the series. We just finished the second and I don't think I can force myself to listen to the third, so it's going on the iPad for them to listen to on their own.
The book's premise is silly. It's based in a walled off Chicago where society is set up into 5 factions. All the people in each faction are supposed to have one dimensional lives. They all live in a world lacking any sort of happiness. The food is bad, they live in institutional settings, even the relationships are marked by anger and very little love. Getting a tattoo is really cool. Having passionate arguments with your boyfriend so you can kiss and make up is really cool. Being tortured and living through it is really cool. Sigh…
Apparently the reason for this societal division will be more thoroughly explained in the last book but I've now lost interest. Of course the 5 factions hate each other and the war that eventually erupts makes you hope they'll all kill each other off. The protagonist Tris is alternately cooing in love over her boyfriend and being physically assaulted in her quest to be the hero, save everyone, save herself and get back to groping her boyfriend. She is constantly having her head smacked against a concrete wall, her shoulder wrenched, her arm half torn off, shot, stabbed - you name it. You end up thinking that you wish someone would just kill her with an axe and get it over with already.
Throughout the book, I found myself being unable to control the "You are an IDIOT" or "Oh how RIDICULOUS!" remarks that just came flying out of my mouth - to the great irritation of my daughter. If your kids would like it, buy it and let them listen to it. Don't torture yourself with it.
We are going to listen to audio versions of some of the lit they've read this year at school as a refresher for up coming exams. They need it and I'll enjoy it. On our beach trip I'm going to look for something we can both enjoy. Something light.
Oh good Lord no. I think I might have been able to tolerate this book if it hadn't been for the narration. All of the dialogue - I mean all of it - is spoken with either anger, sarcasm or truculence. You feel like you're listening to several hours of an angry whiney child berate her friends. Even my children thought the narrator was terrible. I really might have actually liked Tris if it hadn't been for the narrator. UGH!
Well, it has two follow up books but it shouldn't have. They should have killed everyone off in the first book.
Meh. There is better teen lit out there. Fault in our Stars, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, etc.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
I loved The Hunger Games, and would put this in the same genre (there's a genre of novels about brave heroic young women facing down the evils of a dystopian society now? wow, yay!) Divergent stands on it's own though, not a pale copy in any way despite the similar DNA. Loved it, loved the concept and characters, listened to it in one day. Will start the next in the series right away.
I surprised myself by loving The Hunger Games (I don't usually read YA fiction) and I always like a good dystopian story but this book is terrible. Veronica Roth's writing is cliched and lazy - the only physical description of emotion comes in the form of Tris' "hot cheeks" or bitten lips, both of which are referenced at least once a chapter. Listening to this audiobook made me groan out loud and it was a struggle to finish the whole thing. The teen romance was also cringe-inducing in a way that The Hunger Games was not.
The story itself is imaginative and has a lot of potential - I'm curious to see if I like the move better.
Again, maybe its because this is a YA story and I am older, but I found the narrator annoying. Her melodramatic tone combined with the writing made me feel like I was watching a bad junior high play.
Maybe I would have loved this if I was 10-15 years younger!
Thought I would give this series a try since it sounded a bit in the area of Hunger Games. Its not on the same planet... So much time was spent on tris's emotions and feelings I wanted to puke. If your looking for more than maybe 2 min of action...skip this book.