This book was a nice way to pass the time. The story line was pretty interesting. The author did a very good job on character development. However, the story line is pretty juvenile. There are several plot holes that could have been better. The author also tends to overuse certain words and phrases so that they become annoying (for example - "collarbone").
This was not a bad book at all, but did not leave me wanting to read another. Perhaps this was just written for a younger audience.
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Divergent launched me into the world of audio books with it's exciting, fast-paced narration, imaginatively likable characters and subtle humor. If you like themes of dystopian futures, action packed plots, and a hint of romance, this book will be right up your alley.
While Divergent is similar to that of the Hunger Games (and The Giver, as well) in its overall themes, it doesn't ever feel like a copycat or knockoff. The characters have their own personalities, each that stick with you even when you aren't reading the book. I didn't ever want to stop listening, as Emma Galvin did a phenomenal job bringing a voice to the novel that I could never have done.
I seriously enjoyed this book--and plan on following this series to its completion!
Remaining true to the dystopian theme; Chicago is no longer the thriving, windy city we have come to know and love. Instead, it is divided into five separate "factions," each with a completely different characteristic that defines them.
Abnegation: The Selfless
Amity: The Peaceful
Candor: The Honest
Dauntless: The Brave
Erudite: The Intelligent
Divergent takes flight as the leading character Beatrice (aka Tris) faces the prospect of initiation, in which she must choose whether to remain in her faction, Abnegation, or transfer to one of the other four factions.
Abnegation has never felt truly like her home, as she feels that she cannot honestly consider herself a selfless person. Yet, if she leaves, she must leave her family behind for good and risk unhappiness in a new faction--or worse, be named factionless.
Amid the process of initiation, she, among the other initiates, takes a placement test that is meant to help guide her to the faction that fits her personality best.The test is meant for one, and only one, result. When Tris is informed her results are inconclusive and she is therefore "Divergent," she finds herself in a dangerous situation. To be Divergent in this world is unspeakable and would result in her extermination. Tris realizes she must do whatever she can to keep people from knowing the truth about her.
When she chooses a faction that is not Abnigation, she is thrust into an unknown world where her only objective is to survive. Little does she know how truly hard that will be...
I have chosen a few books that had gained rave reviews and I was disappointed and left wondering if I had read the same books they were cheering about...this one however did live up to the Hype for me. It did remind me somewhat of Hunger Games, another of my favorites, in tone and it involved teenagers living in a desparate world and making extreme choices with maturity and courage.
My own children are older than the ones here and this ole lady still liked it. I was entertainted and drawn into the story very easily. I look forward to reading this entire trilogy and would suggest it for others, teen to adult.
While I generally prefer to read, my busy life doesn't often afford me the time to sit and read a book. With this audio book, I can listen on my iPhone and do my laundry.
I was completely shocked during the choosing ceremony.
I've never listened to Emma Galvin before. I enjoyed her performance, however.
I did not have any extreme reactions to this book.
A great read/listen no matter your age.
This was an exciting story that kept me wanting more. I was so bummed when the story ended.
Typically I am a big fan of dystopia books, so I thought I would try this one.
As a 21 year old, I may just be older than the target market, but generally I enjoy young adult titles. The first half of the book was very slow going for me, and I had to really push myself to finish it.
About sometime midpoint through the story I did start getting more into it, but I dont think Roth does that good of a job of character development. The main character is very predictable and you don't really get a true feel for any of the other ones.
While I would like to know what ends up happening in the next book, unfortunately I don't think I will be continuing the series.
While this particular dystopia story was unique.. it was almost too reminiscent of Hunger Games (which are similar, but better books) and The Giver-- kind of mixed together.
Personally I like to read books that intrigue me on a deep level, make me question my surroundings, help me grow or see a new perspective. I can't really say this book did any of those for me.
However, as I said before, it could just be that this book is too juvenile for my age, and that given the correct reader it would be a hit!
I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I love books. Tall books, short books, skinny books and fat books....as long as it's a captivating story with interesting characters I'm in. And whenever I hear the Audible guy go "This is Audible" I get excited for my next adventure! See? Total nerd. :)
I'm always very tentative when it comes to purchasing new audiobooks or starting a new series, but good lord I'm glad I downloaded this one! After reading The Hunger Games I thought that Divergent would be "just ok" and "a good copy" and that I'd listen to it and that would be it, but I've listened to it multiple times....and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great audiobook!
I've been an audiobook listener for years, I won't say how many but let's just say they were on cassette tapes when I started. Divergent is one of the best books I've listened to in years.
Beatrice is a strong interesting character who I found myself rooting for. The supporting characters are just as good and keep the sub plot moving along.
Emma Galvin brings all the excitement and emotion to the story that is necessary to drag you into and never let you up for air.
This is an amazing trilogy and I can't wait for the third and final Divergent book to come out this fall.
Divergent is compared to Hungar Games because both story lines involve a changed universe, both have a teen heroine and a love story. And if you enjoyed Hungar Games, you will probably also enjoy Divergent.
It's an enjoyable story line that certainly captures one's attention but it is also fast writing. The fast writing leaves details missing and causes some jumping from one part to another part of the story without a complete resolution.
I'm a senior, not a YA, but still enjoyed the story and thought process behind it. I would prefer a more clean version that tied up loose ends, didn't hop about so much and provided more depth.