Among my favorites
When Trish is the first initiate to jump down into the Dauntless building w/o knowing what is below her.
I am not sure
When she took the place of the boy who was about to get knives thrown at him. Also when she aided the boy who got a knife in his eye. Both would have been difficult being from her background.
Very original - loved this series.
The first installment in this trilogy is also the strongest of the three books. The storyline is interesting and fast-paced. The characters are diverse and exhibit great potential for depth, and "hook" you early on and make you want to learn more about them and their world. I watched the movie first and loved it, so I turned to the books. I was surprised to find that the movie is nearly identical to the book. To me, that was a great sign, because it meant that there was not too much that was superfluous or dispensable. On the other hand, I did find the screenplay more clear and more logical. For example, (no spoilers) the criteria for what makes an individual "divergent" based on their behavior in the fear landscape was a lot more coherent and logical in the screenplay than in the book. To me, this highlighted the weakness of the author. She clearly had a great idea, but is not as skilled a writer as I had hoped. I think the same idea in the hands of a more skilled writer would have turned out much better. This is further evidenced by the decline in the quality of the next two books.
It is difficult to recommend the first book in a series when you cannot in good conscience recommend the last. That said, I really enjoyed this book, this story and these characters and if I had to do it all over again, even knowing what I know about the last book, I'd still read this book for sure, notwithstanding my disappointment with the author and the last book.
The book was ok until the ending. That was such a disappointment.
Not sure yet
The story was ok, but the ending was really dumb and I want a little more intelligent approach.
Spoiler***** if the divergent can be found by giving them the tracking device and see if they are turning into mindless mutants why then the whole hide and seek play of having to find the divergent that are hiding to begin with?They can not hide if you give them the tracking device.... if they do not turn into mindless mutants then you can just kill them...Super stupid!!!!!
Overall, yes, I think it was time well-spent and--to be honest--the time investment wasn't that large to begin with. The narrators did a great job! I would give it more stars overall except first-person present-tense writing just drives me nutty. Also, I knew it was labeled as youth fiction so I don't dock it for the youth content, but if you are an adult looking at reading this, beware. Much of the content is around emotional issue, maturity problems, and common issues kids come across in jr. high and high school (clicks and such). Take that for what it's worth. This goes for the whole series.
Well, I and everyone else probably immediately compare this book to Hunger Games. This book gets a little more into personality-based classism and trying to figure out why people behave like they do. Hunger games is more flagrant oppression and overthrowing of a dictatorship. Both have their good moments, but I'd have to say I prefer Hunger Games at the end of the day.
Personally, in the first novel I most enjoyed the reveal at the end of the novel. It's not often that a novel can really make me want to find out what the big twist is, but this one did. And when they reveal it, it's a doozy.
Yes, I think so. It wasn't terribly long so even if you didn't absolutely love it, it's not like the time was wasted.
stolen plot lines from hunger games, as the underdog style fight for survival type odd romance plot line DRUG ON AND ON AND ON... didnt help that the girl who read this had an excruciatingly dry reading style with no emotion or voice during tantamount moments. dull dull DULL... did i mention DULL?!
nothing from this author... this was tedious and painful to sit through!
dry as dust. she read this book as if she were reading the local phone book!
all of them... this never should have been published
Great story combined with great narration = could not stop listening!
This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down; I was losing sleep because I would take it to bed and listen until I just couldn't keep my eyes open.
Yes, because it's suspenseful throughout the whole series.
A sense of reality.
What Makes You Different, Makes You Divergent
Highly recommend this book.
I wasn't very entertained with the narration however, the concept of the overall story is interesting and I probably would have enjoyed it more if the characters hadn't been so petty and juvenile.
Did not read the print.
Tobias - has more of a consistent character
No I have not, but she does a good job with different voice inflictions.
Yes, I enjoyed this book.
Read from January 01 to 13, 2014
Story: 3 stars
Narrator: 3.5 stars
This book starts with a bang but, unfortunately, ends with a whimper. At first, I was captivated by this newish image of a future dystopia where castes are determined not by social standing but by personality type. Tris's journey from Abnegation (the ruling Amish-lite caste) into Dauntless (the daredevil/militaristic caste) was fascinating at first as she learned about life outside of the small world in which she'd been raised. The idea of a drug that could be injected and create hallucinations (simulations) that another person could observe---and that a computer could record---had the potential for great plot development.
And then . . . training started. And it went on and on and on and on ad nauseam until I got to the point about 2/3 of the way in that I wondered aloud if any of what had happened so far was going anywhere, or if the whole series would be one contrived "action" (a.k.a., training) scene after another.
This book didn't work for me as an action/adventure/suspense story the way The Hunger Games did, because the whole book was focused on the training exercises that got very repetitive very fast. And then there are Tris's Mary-Sue like tendencies. She's special. She's better than everyone else. But of course that means that the baddies must be out to get her. There were also aspects to her personality that emerge after she's in Dauntless that I didn't like: the thrill seeking, the self-centeredness, the way she lays blame on everyone else when her relationships get strained because of her own actions but she never reflects on how she might need to change or what she needs to do, beyond "pretending to be vulnerable" to fix those relationships. Up until the very end, after the initiation ceremony, everything that happens to her is contrived not to move a plot forward but merely to create conflict between Tris and the other initiates. And that got very old and annoying.
This book also did not work for me as a romance. There was no relationship building that happened between Tris and Four. Sure, he was described as enigmatic and HOT, but he has almost nothing redeeming to his characterization, especially with the way he treats her occasionally (bordering on abusive) and very little, if any, actual personality. The sexy-time scenes were awkward---but not in the way they were meant to be. There's no intellectual connection between them to lead me to believe there is long-term potential. It comes across as a very self-centered teen crush that will fizzle and die quickly.
The movie was just as bad as, if not worse than, the book. So at least now I can skip the rest of the series without worrying that I'm missing out. I'm just not that interested or invested in this world or the characters that inhabit it.