I loved this book. I listen to audio books to break up my long commute. I was so into this book that I also had to listen to it in my spare time. It is a light read, teen novel but the characters are easy to identify with and the narrator has a wonderful voice. The next two books in the series are not as good, but it were easy to get into because of the characters.
I saw the movie first, and I loved it. I knew that a novelization would be much better as it would have more information and detail, and it did. I can relate to the main character and Four. The world the author created was very interesting and unique.
I love the factions, and I understand the main characters draw towards the Dauntless. The portrayal of the different factions was very interesting.
I'm not sure.
"Are you Dauntless?"
The relationship is the weak point. It just never strong or believable to me. The main character seems too independent and non-sexual. So the relationship seems a little forced. I got more of a friend of sibling vibe. The relationship stays weak through the next two books as well.
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The book closely mirrors the hunger games, but I did not care for that narrator AT ALL. This narrator has a soothing voice and I really believe she is Beatrice prior, 16 year old faction transfer.
She doesn't try to make her voice sound like a guy's voice. She just changes inflection. It is captivating.
Yes but I kept going back and re-listening to it, over and over. Cannot wait to get all of them if the same narrator is telling the story.
I liken the storyteller to the gal who narrated the outlander series, Davian porter. She varied her voice which I sometimes find distracting but she did such a good job as Claire Fraser I forgave her!
this is a good series and hold your attention all the way through. You cant just read Divergent and not want to read the next 2 books.
I had hoped for more. It was understood the books target teens but so did Hunger Games, and that trilogy was excellent. So I took a chance as I am drawn to dystopian tales. The faction concept was compelling but the concept could not make up for weak writing and a story that did not feel fleshed out. And please, enough of the teen romance angst already. Inclined to pass on #2 and #3 books.
Not likely. Maybe when she has grown as a writer and more fully develops her characters and their story.
No. She sounded very young so perfect voice for a 16 year old.
Checked out the movie costumes to see how the factions dressed.
Disclaimer, I'm an over 40 male and my favorite sci-fi/fantasy works are in the vein of Frank Herbert and Robert Jordan, so I am likely the wrong demographic for this book. The plot was thin and implausible, although the world created was interesting and fun. The protagonist is a teenage girl and a lot of the sub-plot is based on teen relationships. This book would likely be enjoyable for teen girls, or some pulp fiction to pass the time. I read the entire series though... I'm a sucker for needing to hear the end of a story once started...The book seems written more as a screen play. I could see this being a fun movie for the high school crowd, similar to Hunger Games.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
Divergent was absolutely entrancing. Roth has introduced an interesting society that could reasonably occur in the far future, that is intriguing and captivating. I couldn't stop listening, I just wanted to know what would happen next! Even the teenage love story was far from typical and exciting. The characters were really fun and you could watch them grow. And it introduced some fun thought experiments such as "what would your fears be?" So far it's tied for my favorite dystopian future novel.
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I dislike reading - I lose interest in books very easy but being able to listen to the book is wonderful. I would encourage others who dislike reading but enjoy story telling to try this out.
Hunger games - due to the teenage nature of having to choose and fight.
I am not very fond her Emma's performance - it seemed a bit robotic and dry.
Over all the book was good - it goes into a little too much detail at times but it has a good story line. The movie was even better.
I don't know that the audio is better, but it's more convenient and allows a person to walk or drive while taking in the story.
Similar to the Hunger Games, Ferenhite 451, Gatica, they also are about a society on the edge, a disenfranchised group of people and the resiliency of human nature
Emma had a great voice for the characters. Her portrail of Trice was spot on allowing the listener to imagine that she was the character.
There were moments I laughed, cried, and lots of tension
A great start to this trilogy allowing the reader to know the characters, lifestyle, and experience the joy and fear of coming into their own as Trice. Well worth the read
I liked the message of the story, I might recommend it to my girls when they grow a bit. The book encourages non-conformism.
I did not like the plot so much. I felt it was following a text-book plan. I expected more complexity of characters. I had to read it to the end, so it wasn't that bad.