The actual storyline in Divergent is very creative, and worth the read. Roth introduces you to a future world in which at the age of 16, children must choose their place in the world based off of their values. These places, or factions as they're called, consist of Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, and Candor. However, some people do not fit in just one category. These people are known as Divergents, and must be eliminated from the system in order for the structure which holds their society together to remain intact. Our main character, Tris, must learn to fit in with the faction she chooses even though she never quite feels that she truly belongs while trying to figure out how to stop another faction from overthrowing the government.
The narration was my main problem with the story. It was difficult to remain in touch with the story with Galvin's reading of it for the majority of the time. During the beginning, I found her pronunciation and elongation of words to be both annoying and distracting. However as the book went on, I noticed it less and less. Some parts, such as when two characters are conversing are quite well done, especially towards the end. Overall, the narration was decent even if a bit distracting at the beginning.
I wasn't particularly moved by anything specific in this book other than the overall idea of having to choose a place in the world at such a young age. It seems like something very realistic that many young readers can relate to. I do quite enjoy the way that Roth fleshes out her background characters, but think that it's still lacking in that something that makes a book truly great. However, I would definitely recommend this book to young readers out there.
It is a fast paced, very exciting and fun listen :-)
The Fear Landscape
No. 1st one and I liked it.
How many fears do you have?
Yes. Harkens back to all things I loved about hunger games.
Hunger games. Duh.
Look all the best voice actors do the same thing. They create a world with distinct voices for each of the characters.
Spoiler******when the mom died.
Nope just if your going to buy this one you knight as we'll buy all three now.
For all the hype, I expected more. I understand why young folks are so captivated by these books, its because they are written for elementary students. I have read better much better. The book was not bad just not worth all the hype. In short very predictable.
The best word for this book is forced. It's well written but style if only part of a book. It is not internally consistent and the societies are too unbelievable and the populations described in the acceptance trials are not consistent with the overall population numbers of each clan. I liked the book enough to finish it but I'm not wasting my money buying the next in the series.
I didn't look at the print version but the audio is very convenient.
The author's explanations of what was going on inside the thoughts of the main characters.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
Descriptive details help to visually imagine the scenery.
Mother being shot.
An unexpected villain.
It made me think of how judgmental society has become and how it is perceived or can be perceived.
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.