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 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.
I think teenagers and immature adults would like this.
Performance enhanced the whiney quality of the story. She moans her way through the book - which is all in Tris' thoughts. Probably suits the character perfectly, I found it grating.
The premise of the story and this futuristic world is actually quite interesting. The main female lead however overrides this intrigue. It would be like experiencing the Matrix through the eyes of Snookie. Maybe I'm guilty of expecting too much. Reading so many good reviews on here had me waiting for a total different experience xx
Brit in Exile
I don't really know how anyone over the age of 13 can really enjoy this book. It is poorly written, regurgitated YA Hunger Games/Twilight fair. If you are a young teen or even younger I think you may well enjoy this, but the writing is mediocre, the characters are not believable and the narrator is irritating, it is a reasonable job of reading, but there are certain phrases that gradually begin to grate and eventually drove me to want to stop listening ("I Say" - which is repeated hundreds of times is one of the worst).
It just feels like Veronica Roth saw the success of The Hunger Games and Twilight and so created a book with the same dystopian young adult themes with the intention of making a lot of money. As the book is now being released as a film, I can only take my hat off to her for achieving her goal, but it is done at the expense of what could have been much better written literature. Our young adults deserve better. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy by the way, though the first film was a disappointment, so I am not prejudiced against this genre. I just don't think this a good example.
Mediocre writing and plagiarism aplenty.
Less irritating repeated phrases
I have put my comments in the review
The writing is atrocious. Sad to think that this hyperbolic crap is being fed to kids. The story is shamelessly derivative. It reads like a 7th grade creative writing assignment that should have gotten a C. Words are consistently misused. Hard to believe that a major publisher was involved with this book - was there no budget for an editor or a proofreader? It could have been passable story in the hands of a competent writer. Everyone involved with the publishing of this book ought to be ashamed of themselves - alas they are all contentedly sitting atop a huge pile of money. Please don't buy a copy - you'll just encouraging them.
No, if anything it reaffirms how good the genre can be.
I admired her ability to soldier through this garbage
the author, the publisher