My wife and I listen to this on a trip. We enjoyed it so much we almost didn't want to get out of the car. We started listening to it again on the way home and finish the book before we got there. We ended up having to purchase the next book in the series since we were so loving the story.
I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.
the whole divergent piece in conjunction with fear landscapes
the quote “Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up”
that is wasn't distracting to the story
Faction before blood? or blood before faction, if given a choice what would you choose?
Amazing start to an original and captivating story. Much better than the movie. Worth a credit. Good job by reader.
Look at this book! It's like a world I've always imagined and tris is the person I've always been in that world. That world is my dreams. This book is miraculously similar to my dreams. It feels like the author read my mind.
Four is my favorite character as he helps you to realize that you need all aspects of a personality to be the best and that bravery and selflessness are often the same thing.
Emma read the characters a little snippier than I pictured them but a second listening really helped me to listed to the story line.
Yes, but that's just how I read.
I'm very picky about my narrators and Emma was easy and pleasant to listen to.
Rather than compare this book and trilogy to the Hunger Games, like so many have done, I want to start by comparing this to a trilogy that truly sets the bar for trilogies: The Lord of the Rings. See, when Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, he wrote one huge story and then had to break his big story into three volumes to get it published. While, I am not sure if that is how either the Hunger Games or Divergent trilogy were conceived, what I see in the Divergent trilogy mirrors something I see in The Lord of the Rings.
If you were to sit down and read The Fellowship of the Rings and not continue on to read The Two Towers and Return of the King, you would think it were rubbish. Think about how incomplete Fellowship is, the story is far from complete, there has been little to no character development, the themes are incomplete, some aren't even fleshed out enough to be recognized as themes.
I see Divergent to be quite similar. It is not a complete, self-contained story. It is Act One of what is constructed as a three act play. Unlike LOTR many of the plot lines do get wrapped up by the end, but there is so much more to this story that only has meaning when combined with the story of Insurgent and Allegiant.
After reading just this volume, I found myself thinking the story was not very good. There were many things that made no sense. It lacked depth or believability. The characters weren't very interesting or engaging. I wasn't sure I really wanted to read Insurgent, but a family member told me that I would be doing myself and the book a disservice if I did not read Insurgent. Boy am I glad I took their advice.
Prior to reading Insurgent, I probably would have given Divergent 2 stars. But, after reading Insurgent (and then Allegiant) I have to rate this book based on the whole of the trilogy. Because it does set the stage, it is wonderfully written to tell the story the author set out to tell in the manner she wanted to tell the story. Taken as a whole, this is a very good work of dystopian science fiction that challenges the reader to ask big questions, think big thoughts, examine where we are today as a society, as a species, and as individuals.
And, just to join everyone else in comparing this to Hunger Games, while book one vs. book one of these trilogies, I would rank Hunger Games as more entertaining, fun, and enjoyable than Divergent. Without hesitation I must say that the Divergent trilogy is far and away a better trilogy. Hunger Games was never much more than an action adventure story, with a sci-fi background. The dystopian framework is there, but the attempt to engage the reader's mind in wrestling with ideas, asking questions, thinking about the world around never materialized. It just tells a fun story. Maybe that is the type of fiction you prefer, which is fine.
But, I am a huge fan of classic science fiction and fiction that makes one think. That challenges one to explore big ideas. The Divergent trilogy engages your mind. It becomes better as you read it, not just a continuation of more of the same. With one exception, my biggest criticism...
I could have done without all the teen angst, teen love, teen relationship stuff. I know, I am not the audience for this book and the young adult audience really enjoys that part of the books as well as gets drawn into the science fiction elements. I don't mind a love story, romance, or human story in science fiction, but the silly teenage stories... Meh. Not the sort of thing I have ever liked...
Bottom line: If you enjoy classic science fiction, I would recommend this trilogy. But don't mistakenly read this book the way you read Hunger Games. Read it with the understanding that it is just the first act of a complete story and that story truly fits within the science fiction genre, exploring big ideas and themes over the length of the entire story.