Without giving away too much of the story, Divergent is a story about a remarkable girl, who doesn’t really fit in to the family and environment where she is raised. Then comes the test that will offer her a new life. Of course this takes place in a dystopia where everything is not as it seems. Some of her fellow classmate become her enemies, and people you’d expect to be her enemies become her friends and allies. Adventure ensues, until the end which sets you up for more books.
It feels like the author is reaching desperately for Harry Potter, Enders Game, or the Hunger Games but falls short. There are moments in the book where I did get carried away with the story, but unfortunately they are not frequent or enduring enough to sustain the grandness that the author strives for. She has only a few sentences that hint a larger, darker and more troubling story to be told, but I don’t feel she gets to it. Perhaps she is leaving for the next books, but I won’t ever know because I don’t plan on reading them.
I will say the book is entertaining and I didn’t have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn’t finding excuses to drive a little further or run an extra mile just to find out what is next.
The story has a very strong female character with a little bit of romance for women that are into science fiction. I enjoyed the story and look forward to starting on the second one.
Introverted, educated, research nerd. Mostly sticks to fiction, and pretty happy with the decision.
Fear landscapes are an awesome concept. There's a lot of unique humanity-technology mashups in this story.
Emma's voice has a gritty quality to it that distinguishes Tris from other teen reading heroines; she's a lot less whiny, more decisive, and asks better questions. The narrator's job is to convey that, and Emma Glavin nails it.
No; this is why it gets only 4 stars for story instead of 5. I like for books to really arrest me, and although I did keep listening, I never felt wholly transported into the world.
I love, love, LOVE that this story does not involve a love triangle. So refreshing.
Divergent isn't my favorite book I've listened to, but it's definitely worth listening to.
This shares many of the things that draw you to The Hunger Games, but the book is written to the target audience a little better. It definitely feels like it's meant for a mature teen in the initial storyline and monologs, but the scenes and action are less reserved and compassionate.
She does a decent job of captivating the emotion, fear, selflessness, and courage that the main character is experiencing internally.
At first, no, I wasn't drawn in enough for a single sitting listen. However, by the time of the testing, I was hooked and looked for every chance to continue the story further. When it picks up pace and interest, it will reel you in!
I'm excited to see this movie now that I've listed to the book. Unless they completely botch this story on film, it's going to be awesome!
While the plot could have been interesting, the writing was immature, the characters were not developed well, and, even in a fictional world, it is important to make the story believable. Finally, the teenage romance was obnoxious and annoying. The romance was important, yes, but the amount of the story spent on it was ridiculous and the development was childish. In addition, it was obvious that the main character was divergent early on, yet she wasn't discovered until the end of training? Not believable at all. The story was, quite Twilightish. Yes, it was written for a teenage audience, but then, so was Harry Potter, which turned out to be enjoyable for any and every age.
The plot itself, if developed and written well, could have been very interesting!
I already have! to many friends, and they have loved it too!
I've read the whole series now and it just gets better and better - it's intelligent, gripping and there's not even a hint f a love triangle!
I've only listened to the three Divergent books (I was lucky to get in before they stopped selling to Australia) and all three are excellent - I actually just bought Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles because of Emma Galvin's narration
Throughout the trilogy there was both laughter and tears but I won't give any spoilers
Don't go in expecting it to be the same as The Hunger Games. If, however, you like dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games and Marie Lu's Legend series you will definitely like the Divergent series.
English is not my mother tongue but I speak quite well because of the experience I have of the language.
I think I caught enough detail in one listen
Trish's fear of intimacy was funny
I don't think I have
It's a young people's book. There is a movie coming out too... It's sort of funny but so much violence I don't know...
I was disappointed in the book, even after reading many of the negative comments. Thought I would give it a try, after all, someone wants to make a movie out of it. Ah, well, live and learn. If you like teenage romance stories, you may enjoy this book. However, if you prefer books like the Hunger Game series, then this is not for you. The book lacks the level of conflict, pathos, grit & grime, and subtly that good fiction needs. The target audience is teenage girls, not thinking adults.
Emma Galvin sounds like a young girl. Maybe that is good considering this is simply a teenage romance written in the first person. But she is not the person to narrate an action story, which Divergent is trying to be (at least at some level).
Among my favorites.
Great voice. Perfect for the small girl with big heart.
Divergent: Emerging from the rubble.
I've read all three. Each is great. No one better than the other. Can't wait to see the movie in the March 2014! :)
suspenseful, thought-provoking, action-packed
She spoke clearly, not too slow, did "voices" but not overly so. Great voice! Great reading!