Another YA Dystopian story. Each one we read has the same premise, collapse of current government, cut of from the rest world and other cities within the current country, some people live outside these strict and standard rules, ridiculous concepts and notions, and some super young individual taking on everyone for the sake of humanity.
Now, as far as this story goes. I really enjoyed it. Tris was strong, but not unbelievably strong. She had to push herself to survive her circumstances, and (most of the time) when she was feeling like a typical 16 year old, she would swallow down what she thought was weakness. She also had uncontrolled outbursts which were to be expected. I'm glad she was unsure of Four/Tobias in the beginning, and questioned his motives throughout, because if she was a giddy boy-crazy teenager, she wouldn't last two minutes in Dauntless and therefore there would be no story. I'm glad they came together fully in the end.
I enjoyed that Veronica Roth wrapped up the story enough that us readers don't have to read the next in the series for closure, but left enough mystery to drive us super fans further in. I'm super excited for the film production of this now that I've completed the book.
I find myself running into a lot of "remakes" of popluar themes. This is not the case with Divergent. I've read the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, and Twilight and can safely say this book stands on its own and I am not sure how people make those comparisons. I am starting the second this afternoon and urge everyone out there looking for a great read to pick this one up!!! *Hats off to Emma Galvin, I LOVE LISTENING TO HER*
I did laugh out loud a few times!
I’m going to start this review by saying I’m a 26 year old guy, so if you’re not in my demographic you can take this review with a grain of salt.
This was my first, and probably my last, venture into the dystopian/science fiction genre that is geared towards young adults. I had never really considered reading/listening to this type of book until I was dragged to the Hunger Games movies and enjoyed them more than I thought I would. I also saw the trailer for Divergent at the movie theater and thought it looked like something worth seeing.
The 5 Faction concept that the book is centered around was interesting to me at first, and the fact that it takes place in Chicago (where I currently live) made it easier to picture some of things that happened in the book (e.g. climbing the ferris wheel on Navy Pier). As the book progressed, however, the story started to seem a little silly to me. The personalities of the main characters are pretty well developed but aside from the beginning and the end, the story seems to meander a bit and lacks depth in the plot line. It almost feels like the author just started writing with a general concept in her head and never stopped to put thought into where things were going until she quickly connected everything to a predetermined conclusion at the end.
Usually when I start a trilogy or a series of books, I feel like I have to finish it so I can find out what happens at the end. This time I think I’ll set this one down for good after book one. Maybe it's just not the genre or writing style for me.
Becoming invested in the different characters and feeling like I know them and could see what I was hearing.
How Tris becomes who she is meant to be.
The different voices and cadences and enunciations were awesome.
I don't want to give it away!
I would recommend Divergent to a friend. At first I thought it would be like The Hunger Games but at no time did I ever notice any similarities, and that's good since I wanted a fresh story. I'm not a big reader and I still found myself wanting to continue to listen to know what comes next. I think the author provided just the right amount of character development and description without getting all Stephen King on me.
My wife read all three books and with the movie coming out I decided to try listening to this book on my new tablet, party because I just wanted to try the experience of an audio book.
My favorite character would have to be Beatrice, the main character, for the simple fact that she had the most development, so I felt like I knew her better. Plus her personality was likable. She wasn't too timid or too aggressive and reacted to many things in a believable and interesting way. Just for fun the worst character was Four, or Tobias. I did not like how he was written, although after a revelation at the end I can understand what the author was going for. I just couldn't relate to several characters from the various factions as they did not react in a "human" manner so it took me out of the story.
Monotone, slow, soothing.
Divergent was definitely worth the listening time. it's a great listen and easy to get involved in.
Honestly, Emma Galvin didn't do a bad job. I think she was just a bit too monotone and paused just a hair too long between sentences. I tried to read along with the immersion experience but gave up after one page as I am just a natually faster reader and it was throwing me off.
I love this book series. It's easy to read and follow. I love the strength of the main characters and their strive to overcome all obstacles that the government throws at them.
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It was well performed and really immerses you in the story. That said there are a few lines from time to time that pull you out and remind you the book is being read to you. Whether that's the performance of the reader or the writing I can't say.
Being my first Audible story I don't know if I can attribute my liking of this novel more because of the fact that I listened to it or if it's solely because of the writing. I do feel that you can feel for the characters. In two sad parts I actually just about cried and could feel tears trying to escape my face. That doesn't happen often at all. In fact I've never had tears while reading but you feel apart of the story quickly when listening to it.
Both Tris and Four. They seem like great characters. Tris brother, although only a part of the story for short periods of time, was also interesting.
I wish I could have listened to it all in one sitting. I breezed through it in four days or so and couldn't wait to get to the end because I was enjoying the story so much. In fact I used my other credit this month for Insurgent and will begin it as soon as I finish this review. Speaking of...
I enjoyed Ender Game, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. I didn't enjoy Twilight, Hunger Games, or this book if that gives you any idea.
Ending was fine.
This was the first book I've listened to with a total female narrator, but she did a good job.
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This wasn't a bad book, nor was it great. I might read the next one, haven't decided yet. If you enjoyed Hunger Games or Twilight, this book might be for you. Regardless, I would recommend you read it, then decide whether or not you want to finish the series.
This book is a fun and interesting enough book. Definitely intended for young adults, but if you like Hunger Games, for the story, then you should like this book.