I am a working mom and wife and don't have much time to read books, so listening to them in the car is my new hobby!
It's a little far-fetched, but a good story. I did listen to this and ended up listening to all three of the books so I could see how it all ended. The books are geared to young people so they are easy to keep up with. If you want to listen to a book that is entertaining, not much thinking required- listen to these. The romance is teen romance, but not too silly. Some of it might be a little annoying, but aren't all teenagers?! I would recommend it.
Among my favorites
When Trish is the first initiate to jump down into the Dauntless building w/o knowing what is below her.
I am not sure
When she took the place of the boy who was about to get knives thrown at him. Also when she aided the boy who got a knife in his eye. Both would have been difficult being from her background.
Very original - loved this series.
The first installment in this trilogy is also the strongest of the three books. The storyline is interesting and fast-paced. The characters are diverse and exhibit great potential for depth, and "hook" you early on and make you want to learn more about them and their world. I watched the movie first and loved it, so I turned to the books. I was surprised to find that the movie is nearly identical to the book. To me, that was a great sign, because it meant that there was not too much that was superfluous or dispensable. On the other hand, I did find the screenplay more clear and more logical. For example, (no spoilers) the criteria for what makes an individual "divergent" based on their behavior in the fear landscape was a lot more coherent and logical in the screenplay than in the book. To me, this highlighted the weakness of the author. She clearly had a great idea, but is not as skilled a writer as I had hoped. I think the same idea in the hands of a more skilled writer would have turned out much better. This is further evidenced by the decline in the quality of the next two books.
It is difficult to recommend the first book in a series when you cannot in good conscience recommend the last. That said, I really enjoyed this book, this story and these characters and if I had to do it all over again, even knowing what I know about the last book, I'd still read this book for sure, notwithstanding my disappointment with the author and the last book.
The book was ok until the ending. That was such a disappointment.
Not sure yet
The story was ok, but the ending was really dumb and I want a little more intelligent approach.
Spoiler***** if the divergent can be found by giving them the tracking device and see if they are turning into mindless mutants why then the whole hide and seek play of having to find the divergent that are hiding to begin with?They can not hide if you give them the tracking device.... if they do not turn into mindless mutants then you can just kill them...Super stupid!!!!!
Overall, yes, I think it was time well-spent and--to be honest--the time investment wasn't that large to begin with. The narrators did a great job! I would give it more stars overall except first-person present-tense writing just drives me nutty. Also, I knew it was labeled as youth fiction so I don't dock it for the youth content, but if you are an adult looking at reading this, beware. Much of the content is around emotional issue, maturity problems, and common issues kids come across in jr. high and high school (clicks and such). Take that for what it's worth. This goes for the whole series.
Well, I and everyone else probably immediately compare this book to Hunger Games. This book gets a little more into personality-based classism and trying to figure out why people behave like they do. Hunger games is more flagrant oppression and overthrowing of a dictatorship. Both have their good moments, but I'd have to say I prefer Hunger Games at the end of the day.
Personally, in the first novel I most enjoyed the reveal at the end of the novel. It's not often that a novel can really make me want to find out what the big twist is, but this one did. And when they reveal it, it's a doozy.
Yes, I think so. It wasn't terribly long so even if you didn't absolutely love it, it's not like the time was wasted.
stolen plot lines from hunger games, as the underdog style fight for survival type odd romance plot line DRUG ON AND ON AND ON... didnt help that the girl who read this had an excruciatingly dry reading style with no emotion or voice during tantamount moments. dull dull DULL... did i mention DULL?!
nothing from this author... this was tedious and painful to sit through!
dry as dust. she read this book as if she were reading the local phone book!
all of them... this never should have been published
Great story combined with great narration = could not stop listening!
This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down; I was losing sleep because I would take it to bed and listen until I just couldn't keep my eyes open.
Yes, because it's suspenseful throughout the whole series.
A sense of reality.
What Makes You Different, Makes You Divergent
Highly recommend this book.
I wasn't very entertained with the narration however, the concept of the overall story is interesting and I probably would have enjoyed it more if the characters hadn't been so petty and juvenile.
Did not read the print.
Tobias - has more of a consistent character
No I have not, but she does a good job with different voice inflictions.
Yes, I enjoyed this book.