I've read a lot of reviews comparing this book to the hunger games and let me just start by telling you this first book is SO MUCH BETTER. I have not finished the series so at this time I can not comment on the whole, just the first two books.
The character development is strong, no one just suddenly changing personalities to save the day or going into a melt down because the author doesn't know how to transition. This author has very involved characters, fast paced, action filled, isnt afraid of some sadness, big choices or death. While very predictable, so far no surprises, I can see where she would have done a wonderful job leading a YA reader to the conclusion. I will admit it still has some annoying teenager august but its not unbearable and its not around every corner.
Really fast read! Finished the first two books in just a few days so off to read the 3rd!
Story: I bought this book before I would saw the movie. It is teen book, which it means it does not rely language, drugs, alcohol, and sex to sell. Yes, I know that real people do all these things but they do not make it the focus of their lives. People wash cars, eat soup, and watch TV but there few writes who write books focus on those activities because their publishers tell them to do it to make a marketable product. Thus, the good thing about the teen books they have less crutches to use in building a book. In any case, this is book, versus Hunger Games, has less technology and the story line is more predicatable. The book is more of a coming to adulthood. Some of the story is strange with the leaders of the groups being young; most trainer in any group will be the older members who survived, still competent but losing their competitive edge but I assume this is an adaption for teen book. Overall, it is slow parts but the author paints interesting characters in this semi-dystopia.
Production: The effects are good and the read is good though not excellent. But, then, again, this is a teen age girl speaking.
Narrator was very good. I would listen to her again.
Interesting story but way too much teen angst.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I think this is a great plot and Roth does it well. It very much resembles the Hunger Games but is definitely not a rip off story. Well written, interesting and good character development.
I would not consider the audio version of Divergent to be better than the print version. Either way, it is a great story!
Divergent is similar to The Hunger Games.
I love the scene where Beatrice has to jump into the dauntless headquarters for the first time.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. I had to know the end, and I can not wait to read the next 2 books!!!
The premise (societal tribes based not on family of origin, religion, or homeland; but instead based on personality type) , although not profound, was interesting. The obvious truth (in my opinion) is that everyone is Divergent--no one can be defined just by one predominant trait such as courage, intellectualism, selflessness, or amiability. I did not see the protagonist as being all that special just because she had traits of several "factions". I like books that are series (especially audio books) because of their length and their ability to keep me engaged for a long long time before I have to search for and choose another book. However, this is the only series I have ever started where I did not feel at all compelled to buy Book 2 or Book 3. I finished, I was engaged, I didn't hate it.....but one book in this series was enough.
Not really. Maybe it would be more enjoyable to high school age readers.
The narration was good, no complaints
Stop reading the series after book #1.
As many other readers, I was told to read this because it was like The Hunger Games. I really think Hunger Games was more interesting, the characters more complex and real, and the writing compelled one to continue reading until the very last of Book 3
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
An unlikely story, but one that kept you interested. The heroin was nicely developed from an average person to a somewhat gifted person who could make substantive changes in a tough system that lacked freedoms. Rooting her on becomes the readers purpose. People are tested and placed in living groups based on their test results. The groups are narrow in focus and interest so living ones life out in one of these groups seems both over controlling and highly unlikely. Accepting this assigned group premise requires a perverseness or an imaginative leap that I either did not have or could not make. Conflicting terms like interesting, weird, possible, unlikely, maybe, wacko... all rush to the tongue tip when I try to describe the read. In any event, if civilization ever comes close to the one described in this book...we will have regressed well beyond the nightmare stage.
I blame myself for not reading reviews (I prefer not to be biased by them and go in blind) as I didn't know this was a hunger games knock off YA love story about a girl in a dystopian society. I enjoy dystopian stories as it is fun to imagine society very differently but there were problems with how the premise was written out, I found myself frequently asking questions of the author in my head and not getting any information. The story needed more fleshing out as far as the society goes to be more believable.
I blame the author for not editing better. The terminology for weapons is totally wrong and it would have taken a tiny bit of effort to get it right. Every time the protagonist "clicks a bullet in the gun" I cringe, it's so bad. With some better editing this would have been much better. The word generic firearm term "gun" is frequently used where pistol or rifle would have helped the action and painted a picture better. Again I blame the editor not the author.
The book was voiced well, I enjoyed listening to Emma Galvin.
The basic story needed more fleshing out. How could children not be more curious about their parents choosing and initiation? I find the premise hard to follow. I enjoyed the Hunger Games so it's not the genre that I find fault with. Bad bad editing.
This was my first audiobook and it was a good experience.
Her voice and the way she reads the story just brings it to light. She makes me imagine the story as a vivid movie.
I must admit though, I gave the other 2 books a try and I'm struggling. I bought the audiobook for Insurgent but I kinda just finished it because I had started. I really enjoyed this book because it gave the background to the story. I guess it's where the story actually goes is what I don't like. I know most people who intend to read this book will be expecting to read the others, but I don't think this trilogy isn't worth the hype.
The actual storyline in Divergent is very creative, and worth the read. Roth introduces you to a future world in which at the age of 16, children must choose their place in the world based off of their values. These places, or factions as they're called, consist of Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, and Candor. However, some people do not fit in just one category. These people are known as Divergents, and must be eliminated from the system in order for the structure which holds their society together to remain intact. Our main character, Tris, must learn to fit in with the faction she chooses even though she never quite feels that she truly belongs while trying to figure out how to stop another faction from overthrowing the government.
The narration was my main problem with the story. It was difficult to remain in touch with the story with Galvin's reading of it for the majority of the time. During the beginning, I found her pronunciation and elongation of words to be both annoying and distracting. However as the book went on, I noticed it less and less. Some parts, such as when two characters are conversing are quite well done, especially towards the end. Overall, the narration was decent even if a bit distracting at the beginning.
I wasn't particularly moved by anything specific in this book other than the overall idea of having to choose a place in the world at such a young age. It seems like something very realistic that many young readers can relate to. I do quite enjoy the way that Roth fleshes out her background characters, but think that it's still lacking in that something that makes a book truly great. However, I would definitely recommend this book to young readers out there.