Did not read the print version.
Matched or Hunger Games, All are dystopian stories about teenagers.
She does a good job.
I'm a little confused how to explain my review as when I originally listened to this book I thought it was OK and would have given it 3 stars. I delayed getting to book 2 but kept with it since the reviews on Insurgent were much better and they were right. I deeply enjoyed book 2 and after finishing book 2 I had a new appreciation for Divergent and had to go back and listen to it again. I'm glad I did because after being more familiar with the story and characters I picked up on a lot more than I did for my first listen.
I originally had a hard time following this book due to trying to keep the various factions separate being some have similar names but each one represents something specific which I was stumbling through trying to associate each faction to each character. This also lead to problems keeping the many characters in check that started out in one faction and changed to another followed by changing their name etc. Maybe I have a simple mind but I enjoyed the book more the second read after I was more familiar with the characters & factions.
I would recommend this book but warn anyone that may feel unexcited with it to continue with Insurgent to smooth out the edges and give you new insights into the original book.
I was a little hesitant about this book, however once I started listening I just couldn't stop. If you were a fan of the type of tale that the Hunger Games is, then you will like this also. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to each of the characters and how the story would continue to develop. As soon as I finished listening to this book I immediately bought the second, "Insurgent", and now am just sitting and waiting for the third to come out and answer all my questions. Don't hesitate like I did, just listen to this book.
This is a pretty solid YA dystopian novel. Of course, we've got the required love triangle. But other than that, it is fairly original in its premise. The main character is very compelling. The story is exciting and pretty fast paced. Decent character development.
Haven't read the print version, but can say i loved the audio version. The narration was perfect and every character felt separate and well developed by the voice artist.
This story was very much in the vein of the Hunger Games trilogy and I enjoyed the unfolding of another dystopian future with harsh choices to be made and strong, intelligent teen characters having such an impact on this future world.
Have also listened to the sequel to Divergent and found Emma's performance just as captivating. Am certainly hoping she does number three!
The storyline held my interest across two books in a planned Trilogy and I felt disappointed when I got to the end of number two and realized that number three has not yet been published! I did laugh and cry (kind of embarrassing when you mainly listen to audio books on your daily work commute!). Thought provoking story, interesting, well-written characters, and wonderful voice performance.
Purchased on a whim, mostly due to our family's liking of Hunger Games, Divergent isn't necessarily better, but it certainly is a well written, engaging, and though provoking book. Playing with ideas of class conflict, political power, and group thinking, it explores a future world gone wrong through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl who doesn't quite fit anyone's mold. While it is more clich?? than the aforementioned, including more teen love focus, it is, nevertheless, worth adding to one's library. As is the case with a good series, it has forced the prompt purchase of book two.
On a performance note, Emma Galvin's narration is first rate, matching the book extremely well. Voicing for a sixteen year old, I was left wondering just how old Emma herself is. She is able to bring excellent emotional, tonal and pitch range to her voice, and to set off other characters in a way which makes the story easy to listen to.
There is a strong incentive to compare Veronica Roth's yet to be completed "Divergent" trilogy to "The Hunger Games". Both are part of a trilogy; both are marketed as young adult books; both revolve around a strong female character plucked from their familiar environment and thrust because of government intervention into circumstances of a dystopian future. I could make more comparisons, but you get the point.
Despite that, they are very different books both in tone and structure. While in "The Hunger Games" adult characters rarely drive the story forward (at least until "Mockingjay"), the Divergent series puts these young adults on par with their adult counterparts.
The driving conceit of the books are that upon a person's sixteenth birthday, they have the opportunity to decide into which of the the "factions" of society they belong, and must partake in an initiation ritual to become full members. Successful initiates join the ranks of their new comrades, while the unsuccessful can end up "factionless" or worse; impoverished at the edges of society.
Emma Galvin does an excellent job at interpreting the voice and tone of the many, many characters. She truly makes Triss and the other characters come alive.
The only thing I can fault is that Roth has yet to complete the promised Trilogy and has, at time of this writing, even announced a name for the volume.
I wouldn't listen to Divergent again, although I did enjoy it and it kept my interest. I enjoy this genre, and I liked the concept in this book. I was excited to come back to it and I blew through it pretty quickly.
The ending of this book made me want to dive right into the second book. I downloaded it right away.
In my mind, Emma Galvin was the protagonist, Tris. Tris is tough but still vulnerable, and she is constantly evaluating her instincts and changing her behavior to fit each situation.
I enjoyed the moment at the choosing ceremony where Tris chooses a new faction. Even though you kind of see it coming, the tension leading up to it kept me interested.
This was my first download on audible, and I really enjoyed it.
Yess...Excellant story, it that grabs you and pulls you in to find out what is going to happen next. It was so good I went out and bought a copy and mailed it to my daughter who is away in college , and I know she read all three of the Hunger Games trilogy, and loved them.
I could see parallels and paths that cross to that of Hunger Games. So let people compare. It is set in a dystopian environment. Hunger Games was so good, I don't care, I wanted more, and enjoyed Divergent just as much but never compared or was looking for that similarity. I can see this being made into a movie, and being just as popular or could be as big as the fanfare around HG.
Yes, in fact, I found myself making time to hook up ext. speakers to the kindle, and played it while I painted my son's bedroom on the weekend. Emma Galvin's voice draws you into the story and makes you feel like your with the people looking on as one of them.