While I would never limit what a teenager wants to read, I certainly would not suggest this book. Some of the themes were awful. At first the anti-intelligence mentality was pretty mild and I could get past it. By the end of the book, the message about hatred and distrust for the intellectual elite was too much. This seems like a fundamentalist prepper's wet dream. The 'meek' religious are victims of the nasty smart people that take reason too far..better make sure you are part of the special group within the meek that are prepared for action with guns.
Also, on the guns..the author clearly does not know much about guns and did a very poor job on the do diligence to make sure she didn't sound ignorant. I'm not a huge gun guy, but details can make or ruin a story and some of the things just made me roll my eyes.
The romance part of the book was awful, but that's not why I gave it a low rating. I expected that in a book for a younger audience.
There were some definite plot holes and some serious cowardice in terms of unwillingness to follow a good story arch regardless of who dies. I like an author that will kill off any character if it makes sense to the story. Saving deaths for later so you can keep characters you want is lazy. If you have to, create new characters!
Unique story, all based in post-apocalyptic Chicago. The city is everything to the characters, and sometimes it's easy to forget that the factions are split in one city instead of a much larger geographic area. The outside world is never mentioned, so there's no way to know why they are only in Chicago.
My favorite character is probably Four. He seems pretty level-headed and even though he's a born leader, he has no desire to take that role.
Emma's story-telling ability is excellent and she makes it very easy to know when different people are talking. I'd definitely consider listening to another book that she reads, just for her abilities.
No, it's pretty long, listening to it in one sitting isn't really feasible, although I did get through it faster than I expected.
The only complaint that I have about this story is that the main character is a 16 year old girl and has a tendency to act like it. While I realize that she is portrayed realistically, it also makes a lot of her actions and dialogue somewhat annoying due to her immaturity.
The storyline was interesting. I tend to enjoy these dystopian-type stories. I'm not sure if it's one I would listen to repeatedly, but definitely great for at least one time through. The writing style took a little getting used to. Having just come from a Rupert Degas narration of Metro 2033 (he is excellent), I did not enjoy the narrator of this story as well as other narrators. Looking past some of the teenage angst that reminds me somewhat of Twilight or Hunger Games, the story is intriguing and makes me want to read more to find out what led to the current world situation and what is going to happen in the story.
I think part of the narrator performance seemed a little off-putting because of the unique writing style of the author. However, voice inflection, emotions, etc. often seemed wrong. Words would sometimes be read as if someone was angry and then immediately sound friendly. It was a little jarring and unnatural. Better than an electronic text-to-speech robot but far from some other stellar narrators I have listened to.
I enjoy everything from mysteries, to suspense novels, something based on history or myth and magic its all Good :)
The Narration was good, She did a good job of helping distinguish between characters. Also the story drags you along at a very good pace.
The character development was excellent and Roth did a great job on making you feel like you (or at least myself) were Abnigation trying to make the shift into Dauntless.
Her variation between characters.
I am a working mom and wife and don't have much time to read books, so listening to them in the car is my new hobby!
It's a little far-fetched, but a good story. I did listen to this and ended up listening to all three of the books so I could see how it all ended. The books are geared to young people so they are easy to keep up with. If you want to listen to a book that is entertaining, not much thinking required- listen to these. The romance is teen romance, but not too silly. Some of it might be a little annoying, but aren't all teenagers?! I would recommend it.
Among my favorites
When Trish is the first initiate to jump down into the Dauntless building w/o knowing what is below her.
I am not sure
When she took the place of the boy who was about to get knives thrown at him. Also when she aided the boy who got a knife in his eye. Both would have been difficult being from her background.
Very original - loved this series.
The first installment in this trilogy is also the strongest of the three books. The storyline is interesting and fast-paced. The characters are diverse and exhibit great potential for depth, and "hook" you early on and make you want to learn more about them and their world. I watched the movie first and loved it, so I turned to the books. I was surprised to find that the movie is nearly identical to the book. To me, that was a great sign, because it meant that there was not too much that was superfluous or dispensable. On the other hand, I did find the screenplay more clear and more logical. For example, (no spoilers) the criteria for what makes an individual "divergent" based on their behavior in the fear landscape was a lot more coherent and logical in the screenplay than in the book. To me, this highlighted the weakness of the author. She clearly had a great idea, but is not as skilled a writer as I had hoped. I think the same idea in the hands of a more skilled writer would have turned out much better. This is further evidenced by the decline in the quality of the next two books.
It is difficult to recommend the first book in a series when you cannot in good conscience recommend the last. That said, I really enjoyed this book, this story and these characters and if I had to do it all over again, even knowing what I know about the last book, I'd still read this book for sure, notwithstanding my disappointment with the author and the last book.
The book was ok until the ending. That was such a disappointment.
Not sure yet
The story was ok, but the ending was really dumb and I want a little more intelligent approach.
Spoiler***** if the divergent can be found by giving them the tracking device and see if they are turning into mindless mutants why then the whole hide and seek play of having to find the divergent that are hiding to begin with?They can not hide if you give them the tracking device.... if they do not turn into mindless mutants then you can just kill them...Super stupid!!!!!
Overall, yes, I think it was time well-spent and--to be honest--the time investment wasn't that large to begin with. The narrators did a great job! I would give it more stars overall except first-person present-tense writing just drives me nutty. Also, I knew it was labeled as youth fiction so I don't dock it for the youth content, but if you are an adult looking at reading this, beware. Much of the content is around emotional issue, maturity problems, and common issues kids come across in jr. high and high school (clicks and such). Take that for what it's worth. This goes for the whole series.
Well, I and everyone else probably immediately compare this book to Hunger Games. This book gets a little more into personality-based classism and trying to figure out why people behave like they do. Hunger games is more flagrant oppression and overthrowing of a dictatorship. Both have their good moments, but I'd have to say I prefer Hunger Games at the end of the day.
Personally, in the first novel I most enjoyed the reveal at the end of the novel. It's not often that a novel can really make me want to find out what the big twist is, but this one did. And when they reveal it, it's a doozy.
Yes, I think so. It wasn't terribly long so even if you didn't absolutely love it, it's not like the time was wasted.
stolen plot lines from hunger games, as the underdog style fight for survival type odd romance plot line DRUG ON AND ON AND ON... didnt help that the girl who read this had an excruciatingly dry reading style with no emotion or voice during tantamount moments. dull dull DULL... did i mention DULL?!
nothing from this author... this was tedious and painful to sit through!
dry as dust. she read this book as if she were reading the local phone book!
all of them... this never should have been published