This was a great story somewhat like "The Hunger Games;" female protagonist, sci-fi dystopia. Although it is probably geared more toward my young adult daughters, it was something we all enjoyed. We need more books with courageous young heroines.
If you liked "The Hunger Games" trilogy, you might like this. However, I thought this was a little deeper in meaning and therefore more intriguing.
The narrator was well cast in terms of gender and age. However, her delivery was choppy and a little hard to get used to.
Emma had the perfect voice for this, in my opinion. I listened to this about three days before I saw the movie so I already knew the casting. In my head, Tris was Shailene Woodley and I felt the voice matcher her pretty well. It also helped set the mood throughout the whole book.
I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this serious. I expected it to be another YA fad. But I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
The supporting characters and backstory are totally unbelievable. Young children might believe the setting, but if this book is for kids, why put in so much sexual tension?
Give me a reason to believe why the coming of age training of children is conducted by children. Is this fictional society so messed up that nobody with any maturity or common sense is involved in the childrearing?
The narrator was fantastic at portraying the protagonist.
It's got a follow-up book, whether I think it needs one or not.
The author has a laughably juvenile concept of how people - at any time, in any society - learn combat, strategy, and life skills. The beginning of the end for me was when the 16-year-old kids got hand-to-hand combat training that was essentially "OK novices, go beat the crap out of each other until one of you is unconscious". Come on! I just could not believe that Eric would ever be put in a position of power directing the training of children.
It was worth to hear because the movie is out. The story/basic plot line and sub plots are really interesting. Fresh take on social diversity/segregation. I hated the conversations between the characters and the narrator made me not want to finish it. Her voice and inflection were horribly annoying. I want to get the second book because the story is so interesting but I just really do not want to her voice! The only way I can enjoy books these days are to listen to them in the car because I just don't have time to sit down and read.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
While listening to this book it was obvious that it was written with a young adult audience in mind, but it was still an enjoyable story for an older person. It is hard for me to believe that super intelligent people would not have a backup their computer programs, but I guess if I were not out in the workforce yet I could believe things like that.
30-something engineer and audiobook addict.
I read this because the movie was coming out and my girlfriends were all excited as each of them read the story. The premise pulled me in instantly and Tris becomes a character that is easy to love. I really enjoyed the audiobook but don't expect to read just the first book of the series and part ways if you're not impressed. They leave off on both of the first two books at a place that doesn't wrap up the story so you can't just stop, you have to keep going. This is a three-book commitment or nothing. If you're the type that enjoyed The Hunger Games, you'll enjoy this series. I liked the characters and the premise better than the Hunger Games but I found the ending disappointing (and I didn't like the third book of the Hunger Games either).
I realized this was sort of a YA book, and that it tread over well worn ground, but the reviews were good so I gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the book. I quickly bonded to the main character, and enjoyed seeing her grow over the course of the book. There was nothing particularly ground-breaking in the book, but it wasn't trite drivel and was well written.
At least until the last hour. Did the author get tired and decide to take the easiest way out? Did a different author take over? Did the editor force the author to change a good ending into something stolen from a zombie book, concluding with a well-worn Disney fairy tale? I don't know, but I gave the story a 3-Star because the ending was so awful - with a decent ending it would have been a 4 or a 5..
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is a wonderful coming of age story. The main character develops from unsure and out of place to confident in a compelling, relatable, and believable fashion. Though not novel, this story is still an interesting take on dystopia.
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I expected some kind of Matrix like story, but it turns out much better. It’s a good, growing up story regarding decisions and consequences. I like the plot twists.