I bought this book for my 12yr old son, but found myself anticipating the next chapter. Great book for tweens, teens and even adults!
Amimated reader - never was dull
Loss of main character's parents
Looking forward to listening to next book. We've already downloaded it
When you wake up wondering what will happen next in the book you are listening too, you know it is a good one.
This one is a great listen.
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
This is a teen novel- that being said, I was fine with the gentle kisses and non-specific references and went with the flow.
I found the entire premise of society being divided into almost personality types intriguing. Indeed, I found myself asking the same questions the lead character does about how/why this happened in the first place.
The story does read a bit like a Boot Camp novel, with friendships kindled, enemies made and a hero finding her way.
I still found good twists in the storyline and I listened to the entire book in one day.
The reader is excellent; I have followed her through other series. She pulls the reader in, making the teen voice believable and a good listen.
Similar to THG in that it's a dystopian novel, but a totally different story.
Love an interesting plot with a strong female protagonist who yes, may have a love interest, but isn't defined by him.
(and it's YA fiction, but don't let that stop you!)
As soon as I finished the second, I came to audible to download the third... and learned it isn't out yet. Please hurry, Ms. Roth !
The story line is reminiscent of Hunger Games but still stays true to it's own story line and characters. It was a very easy read and listen. This was actually my first audio type book ever and even though I had previously read this book as well as Insurgent (book 2) I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it as well.
Having the ability to get through this book in 3 days by listening on and off as apposed to a week and a half just reading made this experience that much more enjoyable.
I am now hooked on audible and can't wait for book three to come out for this series.
Another teenage dystopia saga...and I still liked it. Hunger Games had more intensity, but Divergent has enough to hold my interest. Beatrice decides she is not good selfless enough to remain a member of the faction that values selflessness so she chooses to leave her family and join the faction of society which values bravery above all else. The story is clearly building and I like the underlying premise of genetic influencing value systems vs. cultural development of values. It is a different approach to the nature vs. nurture discussion.
former nuclear scientist
This quick and diverting novel is best enjoyed after the reader suspends all logic and decides not to ask questions. The protagonist is a self-unaware 16-year-old in a world that is an unlikely combination of callous brutality, strict order, and SAT words.
Written in an urgent present tense, we follow Beatrice, renamed a naughty "Trix" to symbolize her rebirth from confused, repressed Abnegate to confused, oppressed Dauntless. As she frets whether the hot guy likes her and is maybe too old for her at a ripe 18, she successfully navigates a deadly, take-no-prisoners initiation process because she has some weird brain wiring that she has to hide because, um, well let the author fumble around for awhile to justify why it's so extremely important and life-and-death that she can't really be herself.
As far as young adult fantasy goes, this is a decent, but not great, example; complete with self-doubt, quick moving and sometimes contradictory events (if the new faction doesn't accept all of its recruits, and it only recruits a couple dozen per year, and they like to do stupid things where a lot of them die, how can its halls be filled with hundreds of people?), the romantic teaming up with the guy who secretly liked her all along, and a new parallel universe to provide distracting morsels of interesting scenes, the book is interesting enough to pass time with, but for me not compelling enough to necessitate buying the sequels evident from the ending.
It seems like all young adult novelists nowadays are aiming for that cash cow: a popular series that can lead to riches and Kristen Stewart playing your gawky lead. Some storylines just aren't strong enough to sustain across more than one novel, and this is one of the weaker ones.
Yes, listening to this book was time well spent. It was a good and interesting story
Probably, even though I was not overly impressed with this one.
Emma Galvin provided a very credible voice to the characters in this story
Yes, since I feel that it was time well spent.
I feel that this book would appeal to younger, even beginning reader. I am a little awed by the rave reviews this book received, especially from older listeners. The foundation of the book was unique and very sound, but the story built on this foundation was mildly enjoyable, but not very impressive. The idea that at some age we are segregated by our dominate personal traits which are then cultivated and directed to the greater good of society is a unique and interesting idea. It would seem that a society built around this advance thinking would itself be advanced and complex. However, the small glimpse we get of this society indicates that it is rife with petty jealousy and primitive competition. The disenfranchisement of the masses not suited to one of the five dominant groups is unworthy of even the most basic and ancient civilizations. The story precedes along the common line of good guys and bad guys, villains and heroes. And no surprise, the good guys win. Again, for a younger mind I can see the value and appeal of this story. I can also see why so many listeners who liked "The Hunger Games" also like this story. And though I found them both mildly entertaining, I am was not overly impressed by either.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
the story of factions and choice. growing up and the decisions we make. all relevant stuff.
not sure, maybe huckleberry finn?.
trist. she was great.
not really. it actually kind of fell apart at the end for me but i thought it was worth the time.
In the pursuit of great entertainment!
Yes, I would recommend Divergent to my friends. I found it very entertaining even as an adult listener.