I really enjoyed listening to the story. I ended up seeing the movie before I listened to the book. As usual the book was better, but having seen the movie it was easier to visualize the characters.
Divergent is a romping action-adventure loving teenage fantasyland, complete with ziplines and capture the flag. I kept thinking of the lost boys' lair in Hook, except of course that Divergent takes on much more complicated issues, including assault, trauma, and child abuse, to name a few. Roth may fail at outlining a plausible society but she doesn't shy away from difficult moral dilemmas, which I found to be the most interesting aspects this book. If I decide to go on with the series (probably not), it would be to see how Roth follows through with how those who survived trauma and those who perpetrated it deal with the aftermath.
This book was a overall fast fun read that I would recommend for a plane ride or anyone really jonesing for YA action and romance.
Emma Galvin was very easy to listen to. I had seen the movie and wasn't sure what to expect from the book, but this was so much more complex and layered than Hunger Games and I am happily impressed. The story was wonderful and Emma's reading and inflections kept the story's tension and enlivened the characters. I highly recommend this audiobook.