I would recommend the book to those who enjoy dystopian young adult literature. Given the genre, the premise of the story is mildly engaging; the young female lead has some endearing qualities, but I am growing tired of suppressed sexual angst along with squeezing the emotional lemon for every last drop.
For me, the most distracting mechanical aspect of the story is that it is written in present tense. I don't mind when present tense is used sparsely to emphasize action that is happening RIGHT NOW, but writing an entire book in present tense reminds me too much of illiterate young people who think everything is happening RIGHT NOW and overuse the form in their speech also.
The lead is basically the only character who is fully explored enough to give us much insight into her character and motive. Again, that is why I prefer a story told through an omniscient narrator, rather than through the episodic, distorted, tangled story from the viewpoint of a hyper-hormonal teen.
It is a movie; I will probably see it; not for the great story, but simply for a few minutes of entertainment.
The premise of the story (5 factions based on exaggerated character types) is a bit interesting, and there are some interesting developments as the plot progresses.
This is probably a 7 on a 1-10 scale. I listen to about 4 books a month of all different genres.
Yes, but definitely not an AMAZING read. I liked Red Rising quite a bit more. This is very similar to The Hunger Games which I liked as well. Once I was almost done with this book I strained to finish it-it held my interest the whole time till the last quarter and then it just became boring to me.
Her relationship with 4.
No, not that exciting but still a good story. Not as "edge" of your seat as I had hoped.
I loved the narrator, she did a fantastic job. The story was great too.
Without giving too much away, when the main character made her choice of which faction to join.
I really felt like her voice, her style and the way she read made me feel like she was Trice
If I could have, I definitely would have.
Fantastic easy listen.
Yes, it was a recommendation from a friend to me and I appreciate her for it.
Learning that all the factions have truth in today's world and everyday life.
Learning new things about someone you know well, shows that you can never know someone absolutely.
Yes, I am going to finish the other two books and then probably listen again.
When four saves Tris.
Her voice was just what I imagined Tris to sound like.
When Tris's mom died for her.
if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!
I like listening to stories, no matter how far-fetched they are. in the end its a quick listen that I could have done without.
a friend tells me book two gets much better. but instead I might get into book 2 of the passage trilogy.
the narration did well. some bad writing in parts made her reading awkward. (badly written sentences)
its hard to look past the broad strokes this story painted over all the how's and why's for this society's becoming. basis human tendencies don't allow this type of thing to happen and make it very hard to believe.
I love to read. I enjoy Jane Austen, and more.
This book is exciting, adventurous and daring. Never a dull moment!
At the beginning of the book you are given a description of the factions in this dystopian Chicago society : Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless ( heroic) , Erudite ( knowledge) , Amity ( peaceful) and Candor ( honesty). You are drawn in by the fact that every 16 year old has to take a test to see which faction they belong in, and then they have to choose which faction they will join. This choice allows for you to be identified by one characteristic of your personality! Impossible....but this is the world that Beatrice Prior lives in. How can you choose and once you choose how will this choice effect your life. How can any person be just one thing? Brilliant!
Emma's performance was believable, she pulled me into Tris's world. Her voice was perfect. Truly enjoyable
Take a listen, you won't regret it!
I enjoyed this book and found myself looking for opportunities to listen more. Fast pace, lots of action, and juvenile character development.
I loved the scene when Tris was climbing the ferris wheel.
Yes, I plan to listen again. Probably after I see the movie. It was an excellent story told by a superb storyteller.
The ferris wheel, or maybe the zip line, or the choosing ceremony. No wait, when Tris discovers why Tobias is called Four.
Emma Gavin is amazing! I wish she had been the narrator for "The Hunger Games". She puts emotion and drama into her narration. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her read.
Who do you want to be?
Do yourself a favor, and listen!!!
I think this book was meant to attract the young reader through creating a story similar to Hunger Games. It doesn't work. Too many things just don't work. I managed to make it through the first book but quit half way through the second. Perhaps watching the movie first will help.