I realized this was sort of a YA book, and that it tread over well worn ground, but the reviews were good so I gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the book. I quickly bonded to the main character, and enjoyed seeing her grow over the course of the book. There was nothing particularly ground-breaking in the book, but it wasn't trite drivel and was well written.
At least until the last hour. Did the author get tired and decide to take the easiest way out? Did a different author take over? Did the editor force the author to change a good ending into something stolen from a zombie book, concluding with a well-worn Disney fairy tale? I don't know, but I gave the story a 3-Star because the ending was so awful - with a decent ending it would have been a 4 or a 5..
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is a wonderful coming of age story. The main character develops from unsure and out of place to confident in a compelling, relatable, and believable fashion. Though not novel, this story is still an interesting take on dystopia.
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I expected some kind of Matrix like story, but it turns out much better. It’s a good, growing up story regarding decisions and consequences. I like the plot twists.
I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.
Like many others, I was a little skeptical about Divergent being another version of the Hunger Games. To my relief Divergent is an original story with plenty of characters to both love and hate.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This book was on my radar because everyone and their mama read it, reviewed it and completed the series. So it was kind of on my TBR list, but not really since I am trying to stay away from the YA hype books. But since the book club selected it as the January Book of the Month my reason for reading it changed.
The story of 16 year old Beatrice Prior takes place in a post-war Chicago were society has been divided into 5 groups based on individual characteristics. The characteristic based groups determine what they eat, wear, where they sleep, how they should or should not think as well as careers. Now it's Beatrice's time to be tested to see where she fits in and to pick which group she will be with for the rest of her life. With or without her family?
I know the YA formula and I don't understand it. The formula is a young girl, two boy interest, zero parents, all equal life threatening situations and love. When I was 16 years old I had one boyfriend, two parents involved and zero life threatening situation and love. Hmmm... Where do they get this from?
With that being said I really liked this book. I thought the idea of factions and how they came to be was well though tout and written. I would have liked the author the give more detail about the history of each faction but since it's YA I think I understand why she didn't. If I was 16 and read this I would be a Divergent fangirl 100%. I would wear my faction color everyday and I would not even think anything of writing my faction symbol on my jeans, notebooks, backpack and postering my room with Four's posters.
One thing I really loved was how the author makes all the character diverse without telling you their race. She is excellent at this and I wish other authors did this as well.
The narrator of the audiobook was good too! With so much emotion running in and out of this book she did a great job.
The main reason I gave this book only 4 stars is basically for the absent parents yet again. Beatrice's mom was a really interesting character and the author didn't develop her at all. But outside of that the book is a good read that will hook you in and hold you to the end.
Absoultely, Emma Galvin is awesome! Im going to see what else she has done
The first time Four and Tris kiss
Everything. Perfect speed and delivery. Announciation is excellent. Her voice is so beautiful
Not really well spent. Did not keep my attention. I suspect the movie will be better.
Not really although I have her next 2 books on my wish list.
Not a good book to listen too.
The story was very different, engaging, and still believable. I loved the pace of this book as well as the characters.
I would compare it to The Hunger Games because it feels like it's written for the same type of reader. It has a simular pace and feel, but yet very much it's own and different story. I think if you enjoyed The Hunger Games you would enjoy Divergent as well.
I really liked all the characters.
I am writing this review a while after finishing this book/series but still remember how much I enjoyed it. I have recommended it to several people and they too have enjoyed it.
I knew that I was getting into a YA book when I started, I wasn't expecting War and Peace here. I was expecting something around the quality of the Hunger Games. I just needed some background noise while I completed tedious tasks for work. And it was ok for that. Honestly if you want some dystopian novels to listen to then get The Giver, Brave New World, 1984, Player Piano, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Logan's Run or any of the many many many other dystopian novels that are significantly better that this book draws directly from.
I'm going to try Insurgent but the reviews make me hesitant. It sounds like everything that I didn't like about Divergent is magnified in Insurgent. The constant self doubt and insecurity of the main character. The awkward teen love story. The poorly written narration that makes it impossible to tell whether Triss is talking to herself or to someone else.
It was pretty good. The narrator's voice sets the tone to vulnerable and young, but at times is just too helpless and sad. i'm new to listening to books, so it may just be me or all of the hype about the movie. It is a good story, but not too complex. For younger readers/teens.
she does a good job switching between the voices of the main character and others' voices.