I blame myself for not reading reviews (I prefer not to be biased by them and go in blind) as I didn't know this was a hunger games knock off YA love story about a girl in a dystopian society. I enjoy dystopian stories as it is fun to imagine society very differently but there were problems with how the premise was written out, I found myself frequently asking questions of the author in my head and not getting any information. The story needed more fleshing out as far as the society goes to be more believable.
I blame the author for not editing better. The terminology for weapons is totally wrong and it would have taken a tiny bit of effort to get it right. Every time the protagonist "clicks a bullet in the gun" I cringe, it's so bad. With some better editing this would have been much better. The word generic firearm term "gun" is frequently used where pistol or rifle would have helped the action and painted a picture better. Again I blame the editor not the author.
The book was voiced well, I enjoyed listening to Emma Galvin.
The basic story needed more fleshing out. How could children not be more curious about their parents choosing and initiation? I find the premise hard to follow. I enjoyed the Hunger Games so it's not the genre that I find fault with. Bad bad editing.
This was my first audiobook and it was a good experience.
Her voice and the way she reads the story just brings it to light. She makes me imagine the story as a vivid movie.
I must admit though, I gave the other 2 books a try and I'm struggling. I bought the audiobook for Insurgent but I kinda just finished it because I had started. I really enjoyed this book because it gave the background to the story. I guess it's where the story actually goes is what I don't like. I know most people who intend to read this book will be expecting to read the others, but I don't think this trilogy isn't worth the hype.
The actual storyline in Divergent is very creative, and worth the read. Roth introduces you to a future world in which at the age of 16, children must choose their place in the world based off of their values. These places, or factions as they're called, consist of Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, and Candor. However, some people do not fit in just one category. These people are known as Divergents, and must be eliminated from the system in order for the structure which holds their society together to remain intact. Our main character, Tris, must learn to fit in with the faction she chooses even though she never quite feels that she truly belongs while trying to figure out how to stop another faction from overthrowing the government.
The narration was my main problem with the story. It was difficult to remain in touch with the story with Galvin's reading of it for the majority of the time. During the beginning, I found her pronunciation and elongation of words to be both annoying and distracting. However as the book went on, I noticed it less and less. Some parts, such as when two characters are conversing are quite well done, especially towards the end. Overall, the narration was decent even if a bit distracting at the beginning.
I wasn't particularly moved by anything specific in this book other than the overall idea of having to choose a place in the world at such a young age. It seems like something very realistic that many young readers can relate to. I do quite enjoy the way that Roth fleshes out her background characters, but think that it's still lacking in that something that makes a book truly great. However, I would definitely recommend this book to young readers out there.
It is a fast paced, very exciting and fun listen :-)
The Fear Landscape
No. 1st one and I liked it.
How many fears do you have?
Yes. Harkens back to all things I loved about hunger games.
Hunger games. Duh.
Look all the best voice actors do the same thing. They create a world with distinct voices for each of the characters.
Spoiler******when the mom died.
Nope just if your going to buy this one you knight as we'll buy all three now.
For all the hype, I expected more. I understand why young folks are so captivated by these books, its because they are written for elementary students. I have read better much better. The book was not bad just not worth all the hype. In short very predictable.
The best word for this book is forced. It's well written but style if only part of a book. It is not internally consistent and the societies are too unbelievable and the populations described in the acceptance trials are not consistent with the overall population numbers of each clan. I liked the book enough to finish it but I'm not wasting my money buying the next in the series.
I didn't look at the print version but the audio is very convenient.
The author's explanations of what was going on inside the thoughts of the main characters.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
Descriptive details help to visually imagine the scenery.
Mother being shot.
An unexpected villain.
It made me think of how judgmental society has become and how it is perceived or can be perceived.
I listened to this story on a drive from SF to LA during the holidays. Right off the bat I knew it wasn't going to be a literary masterpiece and once I just accepted the fact that this is a teen book, I really enjoyed the story line! Yeah, all of the butterflies and googley eyes that were described as the love story made me roll my eyes, but overall it was an interesting and mindless listen.
I will say I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator. I guess she embodied what the character sounded like but man did she sound naive!