I finally went ahead and read this book because a 40-something man recommended it. Overall, I really enjoyed it and sped through the last half. My only complaint as an adult is the love scenes were annoying, but I can see that they might appeal to teenage girls. Without any spoilers, I'll just say that the very end was a little bit of a let down. It's almost as if the author was rushed to pull everything together, but there was a bit too much self sacrifice and not enough cool powers put to work. Oh well. Otherwise, the book was great, and I've add the sequel to my wish list.
Like many reviews have already stated, the narrator does an excellent job.
On the top shelf! One of the best I've listened to or read in a long while!
Four...love the variations and draw of him.
The carousel climb.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Divergent kept me entertained until the end, but probably could have used a better editing job. Divergent is about a society with five main classes of workers. At age 16, people are allowed to pick their area of craft that they want to be in for the rest of their life. "Faction before blood" becomes the motto that drive citizens to act and be a certain way. Often families and their generations stick to one trade and can not associate with other factions. Therefore, people who transfer to different factions can have it rough because they must face a different way of life that tends to be foreign to their own. Those of the warrior class (Dauntless) are brave and fearless, and act accordingly by jumping off buildings and onto trains for sport. Those of the Abnegation class are selfless. They live by the philosophy that they should give away what is in excess, and not fall for temptations. Those of Abnegation don't even look in the mirror because they do not wish to be vain. Now, if you do not pass the initiations tests to get into one of these factions you could end up faction less. This essentially forces one into poverty doing all the unwanted jobs for food. The principles behind the idea of a class system were originally meant to keep peace, but as we go along in this story we learn many of these ideals have been warped and there is corruption.
This story is told through the eyes of a 16 year girl named Beatrice. She has been tested and found to be divergent. We don't fully know what that means right away, but we come to understand that Beatrice may have an aptitude for several different classes. Children are forced into a tough decision at age sixteen that marks the course of the rest of their life. Beatrice comes from a Abnegation faction background, but never quite feels like she has fit that role. She must grow up and adapt quickly in her life if she is to survive and help solve a crisis that may plunge her city into a revolution.
Some issues I found with this book were from the female protagonist. She came off weak, irrational, and emotionally unstable at times. There was some teenage romance that made the story a little sappy at parts. From a males perspective it was hard to resonate with the character. I did appreciate that this wasn't one of those happily ever after fairy tales. There is viciousness, injustice, death and some room for character development. Life can be hard in this society and the corruption of moral values has made it so Beatrice must be extremely vigilant and smart about what she says and does if she expects to survive. The story could have progressed a little faster. Because of the pace I felt the ending was a little abrupt. The story shifts gears fast in the last hour, and we get a conclusion that, while solves the current dilemma, beckons for more.
Divergent is reminiscent of other dystopian literature. Hunger games showcases children who have to go through a selection process and fight to survive in harsh realities that are brought about by use of different caste systems. Aldus Huxley has the best dystopian world in his novel Brave New World. Divergent also incorporates technology as a method to control citizens. Although we don't have the drug Soma to help control the populous, there are other mind invasive attempts used to facilitate transfers of individuals into factions which they may be best suited. Some technology can even control the mind and bring out ones greatest fears.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
You can just see the execs at Harper Collins who gathered in search of the next Hunger Games crafting this one. Kids in peril, broken into sects (ala Harry Potter's Sorting Hat), pitted against each other (Hunger Games). This is very derived, by the book and predictable. Don't bother
Fresh, evocative, fun
It's probably a tie between Tris' mom and Four. Both have interesting backgrounds and add richness to the plot.
Emma Galvin is Tris in my mind now. I was going to give the audiobook a chance before I got a paper copy, but now I just want to hear the next book in her voice! She brings a lot to the narration.
The scene with Al and the chasm really affected me. I wasn't sure how "adult" the book was going to be but Roth addresses serious, darker topics with ease.
While painfully reading through The Hunger Games series I felt like I was being forced through a school reading assignment. Utopian society books with constantly depressing undertones like 1984 or Hunger Games just don't do it for me. Thankfully, this book is fun and the main character is strong and seems to be enjoying her journey most of the time. As far as Utopian society books go, this is by far the best I've ever read.
Utopia not perfect
The Hunder Games as it is similar teen novel with a fight to survive and find one self
Trish - the main character, good solid realistic person, far better than the irritating hunger games lead Katniss who could never make up her mind, Trish on the other hand may struggle in life but doesnt have the yoyo character of Katnis.
Life not as you know it - Phycological thriller.
I found listening to this book while Congress debates emigration reform an interesting experience. Roth's concept of segregating population by personality tendencies translates well into our history of religious intolerance, racial prejudice, gay bashing and emigration "self-deportation". The story moves quickly enough to keep one engaged and slowly enough to fuel thinking on all of the above mentioned real-time issues facing us. It is a story that walks the line between the fantasy of the future and our prejudicial history and is incredibly entertaining while doing it. More than once I sat in my garage, unwilling to stop the audio long enough to walk in the house and stick the ipod in the Bose! It also made me wish we had politicians with even a particle of the humanity and bravery of 16 year old Triss.
I have listened to several of books Emma has read, and she is great. I have to say this is my favorite however. Emma is capable of portraying hostility and tenderness or anger and fear all in the same scene, and be believable portraying them all.
Sure...only it is never a possibility, but waiting for the next "listen" is part of the fun.
I imagine this book is written for the same age group as Hunger Games...but I left that age so long ago, I only vaguely remember it (!)...but loved the book and am excited to read the next one. I hope someone is writing the screen play.
I can't help but to compare it to The Hunger Games trilogy, and I have to say that this is not even close. Of course the bar is very high, it doesn't mean this is a bad book. For some reason, it doesn't keep me engaged, I find my mind drifting off somewhere and when I pull myself back, I'm missing a chunk of the story, but I don't bother to rewind and find out. Of course this might be just my problem, as I find other books would do the same for me too. However, there are also some books that will keep me on my toes at all times, "Gone Girl", "14" and "The Hunger Games", to name a few. All in all, I can easily see one can enjoy this book very much, if you like this Si-Fi teen book genera.
Sure, lots of suspense and plenty of characters to get into.
Finding out what faction Mom comes from.
I really believe her as Tris.
Which Would You Choose?