Seeing all the flowing reviews I decide to give this a try. While the story was interesting enough to keep my attention most of the way, I felt that Tris and her relationship with Four was a bit juvenile. And the dialogue being laughable at times. But I will probably keep reading on to the next book hoping that it will get better, because there is potential here.
I thought this book was very interesting, slow at first, but had to keep listening at the end.
after it got started then yes.
One of the reviews of this story said it was a cross between Enders Game and The Hunger Games. That is so true. This is the tale of a teenage girl in a world where all people try to become accepted by a "faction" (or end out as the dreaded factionless). It is well written with a good main character trying to make the cut as "Dauntless" in the elaborate initiation rites. As a middle aged adult, this felt a little too familiar to me. I also felt that very few of the characters came alive outside of Tris, the heroine of the story. Still, the world and story were interesting enough for me to stay with it, and I did enjoy much of the novel. I think this might be better received by younger readers, as my 20 year-old son and many of my high school students loved this. I liked the mystery of trying to figure out what was behind the political system and intrigue. The reader was great.
The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series
Her voice personifies Tris to perfection.
I just loved listening .
An exciting narrative, a great premise and an excellent narration. Highly recommend it!
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
I'll admit, I wouldn't have even thought about picking this book a year ago before I read The Hunger Games, but I enjoyed that series so much I decided to give myself a little more latitude in my selections and be open to other genres. So in reading this book I had a pretty high bar to compare it to, rating the Hunger Games as a solid 5/5. And while I've heard a movie deal is in the works, I won't be completing the trilogy and I'll be waiting for the movie to see how the story ends.
The strengths--Interesting story line, develops fairly logically, easy to get into the idea (a dystopian Chicago of the future), and lead character is likable.
The weaknesses--I really wanted a lot more from this story than the author could deliver. While some characters are richly developed, others shut me down as their multi-dimensionality is unrealistic and hard to believe. The author's scene descriptions aren't vivid enough for me and don't have the depth and texture I need to be drawn in to the setting. The descriptions of pain and challenge by the lead character didn't work for me. I wish I could do a better job pulling up examples, but I can't; I can just say that I was disappointed in the writing around how she described the sensations and it kept me from really getting sucked in. I need more texture.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
Yes, it was an interesting listen that left you wanting to know more.
I would put it in the same category as Hunger Games because it is a futuristic take on what happens after society has been re-envisioned after some disaster or another.
Her voice was not distracting and kept me easily in the story.
Yes it was but obviously I did not.
I enjoyed the story just as much as I liked Hunger Games.
Dystopian, teenage angst
Yes. Ordered the next in the series as I like to read an entire series.
Good for teens that have more worldly experiences and mature mindset.
Divergent is in the top 25 of my audio reads.
Four was my favorite character. I liked his take-charge attitude.
Voice was not strong enough for this story.
My three words will be, OMG!
All the scenes with the mind control simulations. They were so intense, I could not tell if what they were seeing was real or not. How much can the "divergent" control the simulations.
All of it. I can tell who was talking before they were mentioned.
What's your faction?
The reader was wonderful.
The story was interesting and kept me hooked.
She brings the character alive. She had the perfect voice for the story.