I listened to this story on a drive from SF to LA during the holidays. Right off the bat I knew it wasn't going to be a literary masterpiece and once I just accepted the fact that this is a teen book, I really enjoyed the story line! Yeah, all of the butterflies and googley eyes that were described as the love story made me roll my eyes, but overall it was an interesting and mindless listen.
I will say I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator. I guess she embodied what the character sounded like but man did she sound naive!
History and Communications student at the University of Ottawa. Full time student, full time job, and full time daydreamer.
I was actually dragged to the movie theatre by a friend to watch the movie, and that same evening I didn't go home until I had a copy of the book. Very enjoyable book; interesting story and concept, it wasn't a mushy-gooey love story, it was just right. Unfortunately for me, having seen the movie before reading the book did affect my interpretation of the story, and I found myself comparing the book to the movie a lot (and usually it's the opposite!) Other than that, it was a great book, definitely the best in the trilogy.
Emma Galvin pulled this off very well. The writing and situations were a bit lacking, but she managed to keep me interested.
The author had a great idea for a storyline here but her writing could use a bit more spit and polish, as well as creativity. I felt nearly all of the writing was canned and predictable.
The violence was over the top. It's not that I'm opposed to violence, but it is one example after another of gratuitous violence.
The lack of original thought.
It was a waste of time to read (book club choice) and money.
I'm not a young adult reader, but listened to this story to keep on top of what my niece is reading...she raved about it and loved it...some parts of this story slowed down...the middle of this first book almost got a little boring to me, and, I guess, were appropriate to what teens experience when they start developing feelings for someone. I did feel the author drug that out a bit, but, as I said, I am not the target audience. Once I got to three-quarters of this story, it picked up and kept my interest until the end.
No, I won't be listening to any more stories by this author, but at least I have an idea of how she writes, geared to young adult readers, and that's OK with me--if they like her, and it encourages them to read more, I'm all for it.
I did like the voice of the narrator...her voice lent itself well to this type of story and fictional time period.
Yes, the descriptions and characters are engaging. Another example of a society which somewhat reminded me of the giver. The narration is wonderful and I found myself relating to the characters and trying to figure out where I would fit.
It reminds me of The Giver in some ways because of the different roles and ceremonies. It also reminds me of The Hunger Games because of the action and the strong female character and the emphasis on using physical confrontation for elimination.
She brings a youthful voice that makes the character come to life. Her expression and emotion kept my attention.
I definitely stayed up in the wee hours of the morning listening because it seemed like there were no clear stopping points.
This book definitely had an ending that kept you wanting more.
Emma Galvin was a good narrator, fairly expressive, and a nice voice, so I'd listen to her again. Veronica Roth, probably not though, just too shallow of a book for me.
Almost no story really happened in this book, it had a lot of the main character noticing touches and brushes and what not.
Tris, the main character
Not really, I may or may not recommend this book to others.
I love suspense, murder mysteries, psycho thriller books most of all! I listen when not taking classes for my masters degree.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. In some ways Tris reminded me of Bella from Twilight which was a bit annoying but she had her moments. If you're reading this before you watch the movie....DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE. You will be highly disappointed in the movie, at least I was. They could have done so much better. Anyways, great book.
This is one that I wish I would have read in print. It's a decent, entertaining story. But the writing is just okay and there are parts of the story I would have liked to just skim over. I felt really impatient while listening to this.
I haven't. But even though I didn't love this audio book, it was more the story than the performance that turned me off. Listening to this has actually inspired me to check out more of Emma Galvin's performances because I think she is a great narrator.
I probably would have loved this book if I were 20 years younger. It's a great YA read. And while some YA reads can transcend ages, I found this one difficult to relate to as a woman in my 30s. So if you're a young adventurous person trying to figure out your place in life, read this book now while you'll enjoy it! If you're past that point in life and into dystopian future stories, seek out some Margaret Atwood or Octavia Butler.
Not as well written as The Hunger Games.
The story elements are universal. The character's experiences in this faction based world can be applied to all walks of life.
Universal, but not quite symbolic.
I can't stand it when books turn oo-ee gooey gushy, focusing on the chemical reactions and temperature of the girl's body due to physical attraction. The plot stops. Divergent does this a little.
I enjoyed it for the most part. I listened to it after I saw the film. The film connected more dots together, where the book kept things a bit disconnected and seemingly less significant.