I put this book in my wish list a while back, but never seemed to get around to downloading it. It is listed as a YA or teen book, and I thought the book sounded interesting, I expected the book to be more about teen love than the futuristic fantasy book the description gives. There is some of the teen love in the book, but it wasn't too overdone, and I found myself really liking this book.
You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this book. I found it very entertaining. It seemed as if I went through the book very quickly, never getting bored. My only complaint would probably be that the book could have been longer.
I also really liked the reading of Emma Galvan. Her voice was perfect for this book. I love it when a good story and a good narrator come together. It really makes for a awesome experience.
If Emma is in for the next book in the series, I will be too.
It has been many years since I fell asleep listening to an audio book that I couldn't stop listening to and this was a complete surprise. Roths characters were amazingly real and Galvins voice bringing them to life was incredible. Though 15 years out of being 16, I could feel, no, Live, the fear, bravery and excitement of the characters journey every step of the way. After nearly 11 solid hours of listening, I find myself wishing for May 1 and hoping that Insurgent (the second book) will be in audio form then too.
Not for a while - when you know how everything plays out, it takes a lot of the suspense away.
The Government and Society - Formed with good intentions but corrupt. Despite corrupt leaders, the individuals have value and an innate sense of right vs. wrong. Choosing the right, goes against society, and requires true bravery (the real dauntless.) You have plenty of time to connect with the characters' experiences, but the book is not all about a teenage girl and her emotional whining - bottom line, It keeps the BIG picture in view.
Amazing writing, plot, and development. Can't wait to get a hold of the Sequel!!!
I liked Divergent a lot. It was fast paced, well-written, and interesting. The action was nonstop, so the book kept me engaged throughout. I am eager for the next book in the series.
I could have given the book five stars, and I'll tell you why I didn't. First, there were the odd words that didn't ring right when reading (or in this case, listening to). Slacks. Who says "slacks"? The word popped up frequently in the beginning and it was distracting. "Slacks" is an old person word. It sounded strange, especially when later Beatrice started saying "pants" instead. Other words like "abnigation" and "erodite" also sounded awkward. Tobias....Beatrice. Was there a sale on syllables? And speaking of which, that was another annoyance. We are introduced to Beatrice in the beginning. Horrid name, but then she shortens it to Triss. Okay, that's good. We meet Four. Unusual name but good for a character. Then, halfway through the book, they are no longer Triss and Four. They are Beatrice and Tobias. Can we just pick a name and stick with it?
These things are minor nitpicks and not enough reason to knock off a star. But add those annoyances to the fact that I wasn't quite a believer. I wasn't buying it, the whole post apocolyptic world of factions. I love dystopian fiction, but there are usually more convincing reasons for dystopian survivors to create quirky societies. In City of Ember, for example, the community was organized in a way that rationed resources. In Hunger Games, people went along with the barbaric rules because of tyrant leaders. In Divergent, Beatrice's explanation was simply that "it works." That reasoning was weak to me. The factions sounded like church denominations, which leads me to conclude that many people would choose not to be factioned. I didn't see the advantage of factions at all. Again, the weak explanation is that it would be horrible not to have a faction. Why? Was there a reason factionless people couldn't build their own houses or grow their own food? They couldn't find valuable commodities to trade?
I also didn't understand how there were so few resources and yet there seemed to be raw materials everywhere. How did a 100-story building survive the destruction of the world? How did a ferris wheel and carousel survive? Even if they did survive, that is a lot of metal, wood, and glass that can be converted into cars and houses. Another thing I struggled with was the initiation, for several reasons. For one, the initiation seemed to be run by a couple of 18-year-olds. Where were the real adults and why did the initiation involve beating each other up? What was the point of jumping off trains? I had a lot of trouble swallowing the physical aspects of Triss' endeavor. She never exerted physical effort in her life and suddenly she's running, jumping off of trains, and fighting. Even if we called her ambitious, it's not likely that anyone could endure so much physical abuse in so short a time.
It's not obvious from my rants, but I really did like this book. I just wanted it to be a bit more polished. I am hoping that before the next book in the series, the author will patch up a few of the holes.
It was smart, inventive, thoughtful, beautiful and at times horrific. I haven't read something I loved so instantaneously since the Hunger Games.
If you are a 16 year old girl you will love this book. I'm not, so I thought all of the character's ideas of what love should be like were silly.
The narrator was quite good. Pleasant to listen to. As far as the book goes, not so much. Ms. Roth leads you to believe that there was an inherent danger to being a divergent, but then never really went anywhere with it. The story leads you to the big event it hinted at. Which turns out to be a take over and ultimately war. However the fighting was over as quickly as it started. It left you feeling like you just lost the school football game, rather than a war against the different factions. The different char. were so poorly developed, that when any of them was killed, you never really felt a sense of loss. The violence was there more for the shock value than adding to the story. I probably would not read another Veronica Roth story.
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I was recommended this book by a teenage boy, and I was more than skeptical. I wasn't sure about the concept, and frankly, after The Hunger Games, I didn't really want to get involved in another YA series. I'm 29, and I like meat in my stories.
I had some extra credits and was going on a road trip so I downloaded it.
It's compared too much to The Hunger Games (which is why I was so reluctant to read it at first tbh) but it's really nothing like. The only similarities really are the fact that a girl is the main character, it's a dystopian society, and I guess the 5 factions COULD be compared to the 12 districts. But other than that, it's completely different.
I fell right in and found the character of Triss to be quite believable. Four also became a favorite character. Sometimes Triss seemed incredibly naive, especially for someone who was supposed to be Divergent, but it's ok. I didn't mind so much. It was fun, sad, sweet, infuriating, mysterious and full of action. I highly recommend it.
warning: there is some lovey dovey stuff that got a bit tiresome. Other than that, great. :)
It's difficult to listen to a YA novel about dystopian society without comparing it to the Hunger Games, but it's not a bad thing-- and in this case, The Divergent series is just as good. Like HG, there is a 16 year old heroine, a young love interest, society separated into groups with different specialties and a underlying discontent with the way they are governed.
Tris Prior is a strong character and while here motivations were not always clear to me, I feel like that spoke to the unsure, 16 year old person she is. She knows that she is different, but not sure why that is a bad thing and how this can be helpful to her as she struggles through initiation into her new faction, the Dauntless. What we learn is that she has a previously unheard of aptitude for 3 of the 4 factions, and is therefore more perceptive, well rounded, empathetic, etc... It's what makes her a strong candidate for any group that she decides to join. As civil unrest comes to a head and her fellow Dauntless members are manipulated, it's Tris that has the courage to fight, even when her aggressors are bigger and more powerful.
The story moves at a brisk pace and the relationship/friends that are introduced really support Tris' character development. It was a great listen! Veronica Roth really brings readers/listeners on her side and feel for this character.
Emma Galvin was excellent as Tris! She brought each male and female character to life and knew how to emote and "act" just the right amount and at the appropriate time.
There are many similarities to the Hunger Games, but this story really stands on it's own. I was drawn into the story very quickly. There was great narration. I'm definitely looking forward to the 3rd installment and the future movie(s).