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.
Read from January 01 to 13, 2014
Story: 3 stars
Narrator: 3.5 stars
This book starts with a bang but, unfortunately, ends with a whimper. At first, I was captivated by this newish image of a future dystopia where castes are determined not by social standing but by personality type. Tris's journey from Abnegation (the ruling Amish-lite caste) into Dauntless (the daredevil/militaristic caste) was fascinating at first as she learned about life outside of the small world in which she'd been raised. The idea of a drug that could be injected and create hallucinations (simulations) that another person could observe---and that a computer could record---had the potential for great plot development.
And then . . . training started. And it went on and on and on and on ad nauseam until I got to the point about 2/3 of the way in that I wondered aloud if any of what had happened so far was going anywhere, or if the whole series would be one contrived "action" (a.k.a., training) scene after another.
This book didn't work for me as an action/adventure/suspense story the way The Hunger Games did, because the whole book was focused on the training exercises that got very repetitive very fast. And then there are Tris's Mary-Sue like tendencies. She's special. She's better than everyone else. But of course that means that the baddies must be out to get her. There were also aspects to her personality that emerge after she's in Dauntless that I didn't like: the thrill seeking, the self-centeredness, the way she lays blame on everyone else when her relationships get strained because of her own actions but she never reflects on how she might need to change or what she needs to do, beyond "pretending to be vulnerable" to fix those relationships. Up until the very end, after the initiation ceremony, everything that happens to her is contrived not to move a plot forward but merely to create conflict between Tris and the other initiates. And that got very old and annoying.
This book also did not work for me as a romance. There was no relationship building that happened between Tris and Four. Sure, he was described as enigmatic and HOT, but he has almost nothing redeeming to his characterization, especially with the way he treats her occasionally (bordering on abusive) and very little, if any, actual personality. The sexy-time scenes were awkward---but not in the way they were meant to be. There's no intellectual connection between them to lead me to believe there is long-term potential. It comes across as a very self-centered teen crush that will fizzle and die quickly.
The movie was just as bad as, if not worse than, the book. So at least now I can skip the rest of the series without worrying that I'm missing out. I'm just not that interested or invested in this world or the characters that inhabit it.
Hey there! I like Teen novels and books with female leads.
The most memorable moment of Divergent was when Tris chose Dauntless as her faction. It was such a huge decision and I was on the edge of my seat leading up to it
When Tris and Four were in his fear-scape. The way Tris took control and helped him out of it showed her Divergence perfectly. It was definitely her character's shining moment.
I teared up a lot throughout the book,
I originally wasn't going to read it because I saw the movie trailer and wasn't interested. I'm so glad I changed my mind and bought it.
We listened to the Audible version of Divergent on a recent road trip and loved it. I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t make any comparison. The novel was clearly a young adult fiction, and had all of the elements that you would expect: resistance to adult authority, peer bonding and teen romance. The science fiction and dystopia elements made the story engaging, even for adults. We immediately went on to, and are now listening to the next book, Insurgent. I can see how Divergent could make a good movie. It was definitely a great listen! I highly recommend the Audible version.
After listening to all three books in the Divergent series, I have to say that it wasn’t great. I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of exceptionally good young adult fiction. The Divergent series was average, at best. All three books could have had better editing. The passionate, romantic scenes between Tris and Tobias and the word “body” could have almost all been eliminated. There was a lot of repetition and scenes that added nothing to the development of the story. There was also too much graphic violence. The writing lacked depth and maturity. Maybe they will make great movies. However, none of the books were a great listen and I doubt that they would have been a better read.
I tell everyone I know to read this book. I don't care how old or young you are this book has something for you.
Tris is my favorite she is strong even though she doesn't think she is
found this book very good and different from the types of books i like. i cant wait to read all the series.
The main reason that i read it was because everyone else was. It was pretty good, but when I watched the movie, I really liked it because it interpreted it in a really good way.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
In this book our 16-yr-old heroine is presented immediately with conflict and choices. We are quickly drawn into her world and her strange life in this place of 'factions', groups of people with common tendencies and goals (that's a simplistic explanation) but Tris is 'Divergent' meaning she doesn't fit into one of the factions, but must choose one anyway. This story is about a person striving to be who she is, and not who society says she should be. For that, it is fantastic. I am currently in book 3 of the trilogy, and I am still enthralled by the writing, the descriptions, the emotions, and the story. I highly recommend this. And as a bonus, there is nothing in here that would embarrass your grandmother (no cursing or blasphemy).
Tris is in a dystopian society with 5 factions, whats-her-name from hunger games is in a dystopian society with several areas. There's tensions between the factions.. er.. Areas. They each fall in love. They each battle government. They each kick... Um... backside.
Okay, yes, too many similarities with just enough differences to keep it interesting. I actually still enjoyed the story. If you can keep yourself from thinking of Hunger Games you can enjoy the story for what it is. It's not bad. Not five star in my book but still okay. It was well performed, and overall worth it.
I really like for young readers which is it's original audience and anything that makes them read is a plus for me. So who cares if it's close to.. That other book?
I would recommend it. Was a good book and am starting on the next in the trilogy. Not as good as Hunger Games trilogy but still good.
Rooftop jump and zip line
Are you 'dauntless' enough to be Divergent?
Narrator voice really fit the lead character's age and did a great job. Only complaint about the book was that it was a little bit too "young adult" read. Doesn't transcend all ages like Hunger Games trilogy and Harry Potter series.