A lot of pop culture is popular for good reason (Gone Girl, Harry Potter) so I give everything a try. But with this and the Hunger Games series, I just don't get it. The writing is so bad - SO BAD - that the world's best plot could not make it palatable.
I was sucked in to the world of "Divergent" from the very beginning. I will not deny that I enjoyed it thoroughly. However, I only gave the story an overall three stars because, in the end, there were several "teen fiction-esque" moments and story lines that reminded me that I was not listening to a book written for adults, but rather teenagers. The love story was a bit too campy and unrealistic for me (given, I know it's fiction!), but the overall idea of the book was, without a doubt, enthralling! I do wish more aspects of the story had been fleshed out and written about in greater detail, but, I cannot deny that the author did do a good job.
Acquired at a whim because friends said they liked it, I thought it might be another thinly veiled attack on things that are not popular these days. Instead, it seems...quite other. For me, narration is key so let me say that it was well-done, in all. REALLY nicely done on the portions that demanded loud yells or cries - often, it just isn't executed well. Not in this case.
I am eager to get the other books, to hear the tale played out. Not your average dystopian future...it touches on many areas of concern these days and I hope it moves into terrain I expect and not veer off into that which I abhor...we'll see and I'll let you know!!
A wild ride!
I liked the action that took place in the story.
She tells a story very well. Her inflection and cadence helped keep me interested in the story.
Don't let anyone know your divergent!
Addictive, original, entertaining
The description of the various environments, the detailed explanation of a futuristic society
She just made the book reading smooth and flowing and kept me company during my long road trip the past weekend.
I totally recommend this book. I don't know why people compare it to hunger games, it is very different... actually I believe it is way more applicable compared to hunger games and could indeed become a future way of life in order to avoid conflicts. I also watched the movie last night. It was interesting to compare and contrast visual details and thanks to the fact that the author was also co-producer in the movie they were similar to what I had imagined (this means the descriptions in the book were excellent) however the movie was sooooo disappointing.
Therefore, please do not judge this story on the movie as there are several differences and the movie story line was very rushed and sketchy.
I enjoyed this book, but there were parts that just bugged me. It's hard to believe for one thing, but just the sheer number of times she had to announce "I am Divergent!" Really started to bug me. I doubt I listen to the next book in the series.
It was a little too much Twilight and Catching Fire. A young girl, stronger than she thinks she is, can't believe the handsome boy(s) find her attractive, making bad choices which cause extra drama to those around her. (Let's not forget all those DRAMA conversations in her head)
All that said, I don't regret buying it and still enjoyed the plot and story-line. I was still trapped by the story and looked for breaks so I could listen some more. The next 2 seem to get the whole "teenage girl in trouble making bad choices" worse which just like Catching Fire I bought all 3 and listened anyway. Once I post this review I am planning on buying the next one. Yes I must be a glutton for punishment. :-D
The concept and story line were pretty good. I am much older than the typical audience for this series, so I had to try to enjoy it for what it was. It was very entertaining yet it had a considerable helping of "cheese." Yes, it was cheesy, but it was enjoyable.
The obvious comparison is Hunger Games, however this was like the dumed-down, cheap version.
Emma Galvin's performance was terrible. I think that my experience of the book would have been much better if I had read it, not listened. Her voice was practically monotone and her male voices were horrible. This made the audio book almost impossible to finish. Every time I listened my mind would wander off. She just couldn't keep me listening. I would have to go back and re-listen to her annoying narration just to figure out what was happening. I will NOT be going the audio book route for the rest of the series because of Emma Galvin's performance.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
The way Emma Galvin performed the story and the way Veronica Roth put forth that story really made me enjoy it. Many thanks to both of them.
The Hunger Games, without a doubt there are many similarities in the books, but even so this is a great series that earns its audience.
I loved Emma Galvin's performance, especially for Beatrice. She made the book and the story come alive and I would much enjoy to listen to more of her narratives.
I actually started the book on a Friday and bought the second book in the series on Sunday, so not entirely in one sitting but almost.
First audible book I listen to and it really made me continue with all the books in both this series and others.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Tris was my favorite but she should be everyone's favorite. Four was a close second.
I struggle with female readers for some reason, but Emma kept me stuck to the book the whole time. She did a great job.
Spoiler: Her mother giving up her life so she could live on. Very moving of how to be brave.