It was very exciting and fast-paced, which I really love in Audiobooks. I never wanted to unplug.
My extreme reaction was never unplugging from it! It never slows down, so I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
I just wish the other books in the series were as good in terms of story as this first book - they keep up the excitement but I felt like I was being lead through a maze if the person leading me kept changing their mind and suddenly switching to a different direction. Dizzying and not so great in terms of narrative.
This book is geared to young adults. If you liked the Hunger Games series, you will probably like this also. This is about a world where there are 4 factions, basically intellectuals, empathetic, protectors and workers bees. At the age of 16 the children decide which faction they will join and spend their lives with. Each group has it's own initiation and agenda. The one thing you don't want to be is divergent, if you're not careful, it will cost you your life.
The story we well performed.
Overall I enjoyed this book but only moderately. If you've read Hunger Games and didn't like it, you may want to save your money. Change a few names, adjust the districts 1-12 of HG to districts divided by personality types and it's almost the same story, at least in book 1. There was a little Ender's Game like training and hazing, there was some back story but not enough, there was the obvious teen-love story with the brain washing of HG book 3 hitting book 1 of Divergent. There was the good girl wanting to be bad. There was the person that was secretly smarter than everyone else (in this case just because she is the only character in the book that is supposed to have any personality depth). Really, not kidding she's the hero because she can be war like, sympathetic, thoughtful, fair. The whole dividing society by a Myers Briggs like model thing just felt contrived at times. There is some Orwell in the theme and if you take it like a parable, it's easier to enjoy. I suppose I enjoyed it, because I do enjoy Orwell and Card and Hunger Games, but I would have enjoyed a bit more originality with the series.
I love these kind of books. It kept me completely hooked! I was listening to it in the car even if it was a few minutes drive just so I could get more in!
I hate to say this because they are entirely different stories, but if you are a fan of the Hunger Games you will be a fan of these books too. I actually like these books better than the HG. It is an exciting story also with a bit of a love story as well. I think that is what
Her struggles she has with leaving her family and becoming her own person I can really relate to. She is a powerful young women and that is what I love to see scene after scene.
I would and have recommended to my friends! Can't wait to listen to the next book, but I also hate for them to end already!
As an adult, perhaps I am not exactly the target audience for this book, but that has not stopped me from enjoying any number of young adult fiction novels.
This book is great from the standpoint of entertainment, but I feel as though it may be lacking in some of the deeper thought and meaning that I have come to expect of such a high publicity piece. The characters can be one dimensional, and their development often leaving much to be desired.
I found myself speeding up the narration because the plot was more important than the words.
This story had some really good bones. But between the poor writing and the reader, I could barely stand it.
I enjoy books from this genre, just not this one.
She's the overactor. The one in the movie that you hope isn't in the next scene because they go overboard with emotion, gestures, etc. She's that one. She drove me bananas.
I don't really care.
This book is young adult fiction. I got this book only because a couple of years ago I read the Hunger Games series (also young adult fiction) when I had a lot of busy-ness in my life and it was a nice reprieve. Here I am again with lots going on, and I thought it would be a fun trilogy. This book (unfortunately I bought the first two at the same time, never do that again) is young adult fiction, but for a younger age group than Hunger Games. I didn't find the emotional themes, the writing, dialogue, even the insights to be much over an 11 year old's maturity level. Couple this with the overacting reader, and you've got yourself a waste of a good credit. Thumbs down.
I was looking for a new science fiction series to listen to, and came across Divergent. The story is an engaging story set in a dystopian future Chicago, and peers into the social conventions of future society. The story captures your attention, entertains your senses, and leads you through a maze of thought. The end is a bit disappointing, but the Journey is worthwhile.
The development of the characters is excellent - though some move in and out of the story in ways that make it a little difficult to follow. The development of the factions is also quite engaging, though I hungered for more description and storytelling about them.
Emma does a great job of bringing life to the story - her voice has many levels and nuances, and I found her quite easy to listen to.
I am not sure that books should naturally be turned into film. This book could have been longer and in more depth for my tastes, and that would not be very film ready.
As a 53 year old male (scientist and executive) I was concerned that this would be a book for a juvenile audience. I found it quite engaging and interesting, and though I would have liked some deeper development of the story - it was a great listen.
I usually like YA fiction, and it's understandable that the writing style and subjects targeting YA readers aren't really intended for an older reader. That said, a lot of the writing in Divergent was just bad, bad, bad... the 'romantic' scenes were especially cliche-packed and awkward - and not in the way that conveys the awkwardness of young emotion, but the awkwardness of poor writing.
I doubt it.
The performance was fine - it was the material that wasn't to my liking.
An assertive editor would have cut about 40% of the book. It makes me think the material was intentionally 'stretched' to fill (and sell) additional books.
No - - this will be a return for me.
Don't think I will use my credits to get the next in the series despite wondering where the story will go.
No. Loved "Hunger Games", "Harry Potter", and many others my kids introduced me to.
Sometimes difficult to tell if lead character is talking out loud or in her head.
Definitely made the time pass more quickly as I paint my house.
Bought this book having seen the movie trailer, despite trailer seeming VERY similar to "Hunger Games". I just thought it would be fun to read before seeing the movie. 'Might' still go and see the movie...