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This book took me by surprise. Before I knew it 11 hours had whipped by, and I was buying the next book. I wont give spoilers, but this audio is well worth your time and credit. It is well written and keeps you wanting to know more, it pulls you in and makes you feel like you are part of the characters lives. Thank You Veronica Roth for a great beginning to a wonderful series.
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." - Ernest Hemingway
DIVERGENT is my first audiobook, and I'm pleasantly surprised. Veronica Roth made the images so vivid that I gripped onto every word. That, combined with the unpredictability of which direction the book would go, made a book that I simply couldn't stop listening to.
Toward the end of the book, DIVERGENT takes an unexpected turn: Just when you think that the book is almost over, an entirely new plot takes effect. This makes the book very fast-paced, and I love that. Roth doesn't dwindle on minor points; she focuses on the big events.
Since this is my first audiobook, I've never listened to other narrators, but I thought that Emma Galvin did remarkably well. She worked to develop different voices for each character, and her emotions matched the book's exactly. She had that weak voice that Beatrice has, but she has the power to harden her voice to match the newly-Dauntless Tris.
I don't understand why DIVERGENT is compared to THE HUNGER GAMES. There is a female lead in a post-apocalyptic world in both books, but that's where the similarites end. DIVERGENT includes a less fearful but more emotional lead (Tris) with less focus on romance: she has one love in the book. Katniss in THE HUNGER GAMES is caught up in a long love-triangle that's ends up not going anywhere. If you like THE HUNGER GAMES, you'll like this book too, but they can't be compared to each other.
Overall, DIVERGENT is one of my favorite books. I just bought book two, INSURGENT, and I'm sure that I'll like that too. It is totally my favorite book of 2013. I'm also looking forward to the movie!
I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.
The performance and some aspects of the writing has stopped me from continuing on in the series. The narrator barely changed her tone or voice among different characters and situations. While I'm used to narrators such as Jim Dale, Daniel Weyman, Roy Dotrice, and Ray Porter, who have totally different tones, accents, and actually 'act' out the 'scenes' in books, it was hard to complete this listen. Which was sad, as this story had such great potential. She missed many great opportunities to really show emotion.
The author apparently has a thing against contractions, and can be extremely bland sometimes.
Other than those things, which many people can look past, the idea behind the story is great, and it is worth a read/listen.
At first, I was put off by the narrator's continually mispronouncing Erudite Every time I got into the story, I'd hear Air-ee-oh-dite and get jerked out again . And the simplistic writing - mostly present tense. "I look here," "I do this," "He sees that," etc. was off-putting at first. But I was won over after a while by the characters and the suspenseful plot and found myself wanting to continue to listen. I think the author was influenced by the Hunger Games. A dystopian society that uses its young for dark purposes, and a high level of violence. I wonder where we are going with so much violence for the young people. Or for anyone for that matter - it just keeps getting more intense.
Divergent is a decent, trashy read, but I feel it aspires to be something more. To be fair, some of the ideas are lovely - the personality caste system is interesting - but Roth hasn't built the idea or the world into anything that delivers on this promise at all. The worldbuilding and imagined social systems are so unrobust in their creation that they don;' stand up to the tiniest prod of critical thought. The twists and turns of the novel rely on the reader not finding it immediately obvious how fundamentally stupid the system described is from the first page. The caste idea is interesting but it needed a lot more thought behind it before it was ready to convince in a novel. For contrast Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games dytopia is perhaps no more plausible a world than this, but she fills it with enough convincing detail that it feels solid and real. Roth would need to spend a lot more time fleshing out her world with texture and particularity before it became anything like as compelling.
Adrift in this poorly constructed environment, the central character of Tris fails to really engage as her struggles are as stupid as the world they result from. It would be easier to care about her dilemma between becoming Abnegation or Dauntless or whatever if there was a feeling that the system this was part of made any kind of sense to begin with and wasn't merely being set up to be torn down over the course of the book(s). She also suffers first-person-Katniss-angst, where - because we are in her head - we get to hear endlessly about her anguished feelings on every subject. First-person angst is a big turn-off, and Tris doesn't have Katniss's compensating dry humour or practical competence. Her personality is vaguely defined, Roth making a very common mistake amongst young writers that angst is the same thing as character. Tris' exploits were often interesting, but without a firm grasp on what kind of person she was, what came naturally to her and what she had to work at etc, it was impossible to really feel moved by anything she did. She seemed to act at random. That I didn't completely hate her is about the highest compliment I can muster. Divergent is a perfectly good listen - it's pacey enough to keep you going through (though I'd advise an abridged version, with any luck a lot of the fat is trimmed). If you're on a post-apocalyptic dystopia kick, and don't feel like anything remotely challenging, this is fine. I always enjoy a story with a bit of a warrior training narrative (but if you want a series where that is done well, check out Tamora Pierce's Alanna or Kel books).
The performance is fine - not monotonous, and the reader actually sounds young (unlike the narrator of the Hunger Games audio books). My one point of confusion was her pronunciation of Erudite, which she pronounces eh-ee-ah-dite. But perhaps this is some valid variant pronunciation of which I was not previously aware.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
Someone post a review stating "If you like The Hunger Games you'll like these books." I was unsure but he was right. It's not simply a regurgitated verson of the same story, it's a completely different story w/NO love triangle! Thank you. I still rate the Hunger Games as my favorite book triligoy, as well as book made to movie. We'll see what happens once Divergent is out in Nov. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm not a YA even though this book is in the YA catagory. Both of my teenage boys have read the first 2 books because I enjoyed it so much. I also have my sister and niece reading it as well. You won't be disappointed.
Four! why because he reminds me of me lol?
Well the preformed perfectly as Tris the main character
Divergent when you will wake up?
This book was so good I only got the the audible version because it was that good
I prefer audio book because I don't have time to read.
I'm going to try the second book
I was in the middle of the road the whole time. I think Beatrice / Trice was too. Horrible things happen in front of her but does not show much emotion, even when she is shot.
One thing I don't understand is why being Divergent has a bad stigma in the book. Everyone who finds out shes Divergent tell her not to let anyone know because its dangerous and other Divergent people have disappeared. Why? It's never explained why Divergent people are so special. They can tell when they are in a simulation but that's only dangerous to the secret bad guys. No one should care but them.
Love, love, love Emma Galvin! She could make a cereal box interesting, but this time she has had great material written by Veronica Roth. Witty, interesting, and fun, I couldn't stop listening.
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No, only because I'm a one-read kind of gal.
The main character is realistically complex and flawed.