If you liked Hunger Games you'll probably like this one.
The main character isn't as annoying as much as I found the main character in Hunger Games to be, but her naivete in the romance department was a little childish. Overall though following her through her discovery of her new faction was fun and I was definitely rooting her on.
I really liked the premise of the governments and their factions and how the revolution is unfolding, looking forward to the next book.
Nothing mindblowing, a little predictable but definitely grabs your attention and keeps you entertained and wondering where the ride goes next.
As a 30 something female, I read a variety of genres. I usually shy away from YA, but I have enjoyed Twilight and Hunger Games. This was a very good book. I read it several times and then decided to buy the audio version so I could listen and get stuff done around the house. I enjoyed the world the author created. It seems fairly plausible and I love the entire story. Following Tris through her journey was fascinating. The narrator did a very nice job. I felt like she really represented the characters and spoke the way I'd imaged Tris speaking when I first read the book. If you are looking for something similar to The Hunger Games but with it's own flair and no love triangles, this book is for you!
Yes! I loved the narrator and her pacing was very suspenseful. It was a great listen on my way too and from work- I couldn't wait for the commute and hoped for traffic!
I couldn't pick one with out too many spoilers. I will say that Triss's mother becomes my favorite character.
YES! This book is exciting, entertaining, terrifying, and emotional all at the same time. It is the perfect dystopian novel. There are many others out there, but this is the perfect balance of reality and fantasy. It has just enough emotion, with out being a sappy teenaged love story.
I finally went ahead and read this book because a 40-something man recommended it. Overall, I really enjoyed it and sped through the last half. My only complaint as an adult is the love scenes were annoying, but I can see that they might appeal to teenage girls. Without any spoilers, I'll just say that the very end was a little bit of a let down. It's almost as if the author was rushed to pull everything together, but there was a bit too much self sacrifice and not enough cool powers put to work. Oh well. Otherwise, the book was great, and I've add the sequel to my wish list.
Like many reviews have already stated, the narrator does an excellent job.
I'm a foreigner on Earth just visiting for a lifetime. I may as well escape through books while I'm here.
On the top shelf! One of the best I've listened to or read in a long while!
Four...love the variations and draw of him.
The carousel climb.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Divergent kept me entertained until the end, but probably could have used a better editing job. Divergent is about a society with five main classes of workers. At age 16, people are allowed to pick their area of craft that they want to be in for the rest of their life. "Faction before blood" becomes the motto that drive citizens to act and be a certain way. Often families and their generations stick to one trade and can not associate with other factions. Therefore, people who transfer to different factions can have it rough because they must face a different way of life that tends to be foreign to their own. Those of the warrior class (Dauntless) are brave and fearless, and act accordingly by jumping off buildings and onto trains for sport. Those of the Abnegation class are selfless. They live by the philosophy that they should give away what is in excess, and not fall for temptations. Those of Abnegation don't even look in the mirror because they do not wish to be vain. Now, if you do not pass the initiations tests to get into one of these factions you could end up faction less. This essentially forces one into poverty doing all the unwanted jobs for food. The principles behind the idea of a class system were originally meant to keep peace, but as we go along in this story we learn many of these ideals have been warped and there is corruption.
This story is told through the eyes of a 16 year girl named Beatrice. She has been tested and found to be divergent. We don't fully know what that means right away, but we come to understand that Beatrice may have an aptitude for several different classes. Children are forced into a tough decision at age sixteen that marks the course of the rest of their life. Beatrice comes from a Abnegation faction background, but never quite feels like she has fit that role. She must grow up and adapt quickly in her life if she is to survive and help solve a crisis that may plunge her city into a revolution.
Some issues I found with this book were from the female protagonist. She came off weak, irrational, and emotionally unstable at times. There was some teenage romance that made the story a little sappy at parts. From a males perspective it was hard to resonate with the character. I did appreciate that this wasn't one of those happily ever after fairy tales. There is viciousness, injustice, death and some room for character development. Life can be hard in this society and the corruption of moral values has made it so Beatrice must be extremely vigilant and smart about what she says and does if she expects to survive. The story could have progressed a little faster. Because of the pace I felt the ending was a little abrupt. The story shifts gears fast in the last hour, and we get a conclusion that, while solves the current dilemma, beckons for more.
Divergent is reminiscent of other dystopian literature. Hunger games showcases children who have to go through a selection process and fight to survive in harsh realities that are brought about by use of different caste systems. Aldus Huxley has the best dystopian world in his novel Brave New World. Divergent also incorporates technology as a method to control citizens. Although we don't have the drug Soma to help control the populous, there are other mind invasive attempts used to facilitate transfers of individuals into factions which they may be best suited. Some technology can even control the mind and bring out ones greatest fears.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
You can just see the execs at Harper Collins who gathered in search of the next Hunger Games crafting this one. Kids in peril, broken into sects (ala Harry Potter's Sorting Hat), pitted against each other (Hunger Games). This is very derived, by the book and predictable. Don't bother
Fresh, evocative, fun
It's probably a tie between Tris' mom and Four. Both have interesting backgrounds and add richness to the plot.
Emma Galvin is Tris in my mind now. I was going to give the audiobook a chance before I got a paper copy, but now I just want to hear the next book in her voice! She brings a lot to the narration.
The scene with Al and the chasm really affected me. I wasn't sure how "adult" the book was going to be but Roth addresses serious, darker topics with ease.
While painfully reading through The Hunger Games series I felt like I was being forced through a school reading assignment. Utopian society books with constantly depressing undertones like 1984 or Hunger Games just don't do it for me. Thankfully, this book is fun and the main character is strong and seems to be enjoying her journey most of the time. As far as Utopian society books go, this is by far the best I've ever read.
Utopia not perfect
The Hunder Games as it is similar teen novel with a fight to survive and find one self
Trish - the main character, good solid realistic person, far better than the irritating hunger games lead Katniss who could never make up her mind, Trish on the other hand may struggle in life but doesnt have the yoyo character of Katnis.
Life not as you know it - Phycological thriller.