The concept of the 5 factions is rich and fascinating, if perhaps not fully developed in the first book. The first half of the book absolutely grabbed my attention, but then it started to turn into a sorry excuse of a teen romance novel, and it seemed that all attention to story line outside of the love interest took a backseat. The climactic events toward the end were completely unbelievable given the prior development and seemed to come from no where in particular.
I really wanted to like it, and I did at first, but ended up being sorely disappointed. Even so, I have to give at least 3 stars because the beginning was indeed very good.
Yes. This story grabs you and has you constantly wondering what's next. It gets sappy in spots as the teen girl's internal romantic monologues last about 4 times too long. It would have been five stars without those. Even with those I enjoyed the book tremendously.
Reminded me a bit of Hunger Games with a dash of Ender's Game. Sprinkled in was some silly romance, like I imagine would be in those Twilight books. So, if you like those you'll probably love this.
Reading a story about a way of life I know nothing about could be difficult to understand or relate to. However this story unfolds in a way that both visual and comprehending.
The character naturally coming into her own.
I'm always sad when I end an amazing series and I was looking for something new after finishing The Hunger Games. This series has totally brouight me out of my "I have no more Hunger Games books to read" slum. I liked both series equally, and I'm sure when I finish the last book I will be in a "I have no more Divergent books to read" slum as well.
No, but only because I very rarely listen/read the same book twice.
The flavor of Divergent reminds be a bit of the Dune series - full of life lessons and moral/ethical commentary, but in a futuristic setting.
Tris - the star - is of course quite good. But I also liked Tris' mother, Evelyn.
No extreme reaction - but a very thought-provoking book.
Excellent book - slightly sic-fi, but not as futuristic as we might think. I am currently listening to Insurgent, the second book in the series; so far, just as good as Divergent.
I found that Hunger Games and Divergent have a lot in common except that Hunger games can transcend generational interest much better. This story was meant for a more immature audience and devoted a lot of time to interactions particularly exchanges of insults and physical assault.
I grew weary of the teenage perspective and I lost interest.
narrator has a lot of bitchy sarcastic inflection - that grew tiresome too.
I would listen to it again. Great story.
I like how real the relationships between the characters are. I liked how even Tris' friends got jealous of her.
I did enjoy her performance. I can't think of anything I would change.
Not Hunger Games!
When looking at reviews of this book all I wanted to read was I hated Hunger Games but love this. Well that is how I feel.
This was a very engaging book. Emma Galvin did an excellent job reading it, and I felt I could connect with the characters. I enjoyed the book very much and can recommend it without hesitation.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
Compelling. Engaging. Enjoyable.
I loved Tris the protagonist. She brought this story to life and I saw everything so clearly through her eyes.
Tris and Four/Tobias. Coming from Abnegation to Dauntless must be like going from Amish to Sparta.
When she jumped first. Feel the fear, but do it anyway. I love that.
The plot is pretty weak. Book 1 was fine, but book 2 was so terrible I couldn't finish.
I didn't buy why the erudite or the people that love learning are inherently so evil.
I liked the main character discovering the Dauntless liar for the first time.
Nope- wait for the movie- it will probably be more interesting.