I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
Why, yes, it is! Somewhat similar to The Hunger Games in that young people are trained to be superior physical beings and often must fight each other for supremacy, the first book in this trilogy spends much of its time on the training regimen facing Tris, an "initiate" into the "Dauntless" faction. In Roth's world, humans are split into five different factions, according to aptitude tests they take when they're sixteen. At the "Choosing" ceremony, they may select whatever faction they want. Tris' tests show her to be "divergent," meaning she has several different factions to her personality. Born into "Abnegation," the selfless faction that now runs the government, she opts to leave them and become a Dauntless.
The Dauntless are just that and training is not the easiest for the initiates. Tris finds comfort in friendships with some other initiates and finds herself bullied by others. She also experiences love for the first time in the person of Four, the training master of Dauntless.
But, what is all this training for? Tris soon finds out when she happens upon a plot betwen the "Erudite" faction and the Dauntless. Will she be able to stop it?
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
HASTE WILL NOT HELP
I don't need to review this as so many already have, but for those who care what I think, this is a very good book. It of course is a teen book and it reads like one. As a 54 year old man I liked it, but believe teens would like it even more. Unlike some authors who believe writing for a younger audience means writing with less skill, Roth writes a very intelligent novel. I liked Ness's Chaos series better and Hunger Games a little better, but this is still a five star read. I liked the main character a lot. She is not a beautiful girl, but she does not sit around and cry about it. In most situations, she may doubt herself at first, but she most always, gets her sh#t together and faces down the fear. In this way it is an upbeat story. I believe it teaches teens and even us old people, that you have to face your fears, it is not one of those good things happen to those who wait for it to happen. This is one of the most important lessons, especially for our young, in my opinion. The books is predictable in spots, but there is plenty that happens that I did not see coming, especially toward the end. There is also stuff here on brainwashing, another important subject.
POLITENESS IS DECEPTION IN PRETTY PACKAGING
The only thing that bothered me a little and only a little, was the premiss that a population would purposely divide into factions. They claim they did it to help prevent war. I believe that most intelligent people would do exactly the opposite. Dividing into factions would naturally lead to war. That aside this is a really good book and I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
This was a good story and the world that she created is very unique. It's a little too "teenie bopper" for my taste, but now that I am bought in, I have to finish the series.
Don't get me wrong. The story is great and the narrator is outstanding.
Love reading . My interests are : Russian classic literature 19 century , clever sci-fiction , dytopian novels
Secondary to “The Hunger Games" , almost the same plot. But still a good story and holds you till the end. Good narration.
I thought that the narrator was perfect, for me she was Beatrice, she really bought the story alive.
The control room scene with Tobias near the end.
Probably the above.
The deaths of the brave.
This is a great story, gripping and thrilling, enough like The Hunger Games to say that those who enjoyed that trilogy will enjoy this, but different enough to maintain interest.
Has some resemblance to Hunger Games but has a very exciting plot and was suspenseful as well. I can't wait to read the next one.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Wow, I don't listen to many young adults books but I glad I stumbled over this series. It was completely awesome and just addicting as Hunger Games. Divergent is a future society where the population is divided up into five groups of factions based on societal virtue. Abnegation ( the selfless ), Candor ( the honest ), Dauntless ( the brave ), Amity ( the peaceful ), Erudite ( the intelligent ). Beatrice Prior is an Abnegation born faction member, at the age of 16 one gets to pick which virtue they value most and can change factions. Both Beatrice and her brother Caleb surprise everyone by leaving they native factions and we journey through Beatrice training in her new faction and watch become the famous Tris. While training Tris comes to realize there is something wrong with the society's set up of the five factions.
Beyond Credit worthy!
This book... I don't even know where to start! I loved everything about this book! The characters(most of them), the plot, the narrator. I could go on and on! There are so many highs and lows and twists and turns! I didn't want to talk to anyone, I just wanted my ear buds in my ears with Emma reading in my ear!! LOVED IT!!!
I am an Accountant and an MBA Candidate. I like to listen to audio books when I am in traffic, at the gym or doing repetitive work.
This audio book moves really quickly. The story is well written. It is descriptive, but it does not bore the reader with mundane details. I found myself wishing for a longer commute just to see what would happen next. The combination of action, suspense and romance mixed with a message that rings true here in the present makes for an excellent listen. Hopefully, the next book in the series will be just as good.
Everything! I'm jealous of people that haven't read it yet because I'd love to experience the story again for the first time. Can't wait for the movie!
She wasn't overly dramatic. She changed her voice and inflections a bit for each character but it wasn't too extreme.
My eyes teared up multiple times both in happiness and sadness. The book is so well written that you truly feel as though you know the characters.