Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
Even though I’ve heard about these books being raved for the last two years, it was never really on my radar. As of a few months ago, I was not a dystopia fan and would most likely avoid dystopia books at all costs. When I firs heard that Divergent was going to be made into a movie, I was intrigued. Still not enough to want to read it…yet. When I saw that Shailene was cast as the MC, my curiousity went up a few more notches. When Theo James was cast as Four, I was like ‘well damn, I guess I might have to read this after all!’ Then Maggie Q was casts as Tori and that was what sealed the deal for me. I LOVE Maggie Q (Nikita!) and knew that any character she played had to be a good one. So yeah, I mostly read this because of Maggie Q :)
Set in a dystopian world, where everyone is divided into 5 factions (Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite). On the day of her test, Beatrice must take a simulation test to help her determine what faction is best suited for her. Unfortunately, since Beatrice can somehow manipulate the simulations, her results are inconclusive. When her test administrator warns her about keeping her gift a secret, Beatrice ends up choosing Dauntless as her new faction and renames herself Tri as a way of starting over. But, just because she chose Dauntless doesn’t mean she’s free to stay there. All new recruits must endure training and a series of tests to make sure they belong there. If they fail, they become factionless. Tris must prove herself while trying to hide her powers and trying (and failing) to fall for her mysterious (but hot) instructor, Four.
I loved how ruthless and hardcore the Dauntless people were! They sure made Tris prove herself several times. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. Seeing Tris go from a shy, timid and insecure girl to a kick-ass girl who is determined to prove herself and save the people she loves and cares about. The fear landscapes the charcaters had to go through in their simulations were so vividly written that I could easily visualize them in my mind. I can’t wait to see how these play out in the movie! Tris and Four! *sigh* I loved the slow building relationship between these two and thought it had the perfect pacing for the story. Now this right here I am dying to see in the movie! I thought I knew where the story was going but Roth included several twists and turns that surprised me. I loved the roles every single character played in this book. Even the villains are the kind that you don’t know if you should hate them, fear them or be in awe of their evilness. What I loved the most was how bad ass Tris was at the end of this book.
I’m so excited to watch the Divergent movie! I think they NAILED it with the casting. Shailene and Theo look, and judging from the clips I’ve seen (and I’ve seen them all!) and act like Tris and Four. I loved who they picked for Christina, Jeanine, Will, Peter, Eric and of course Tori. I’m so relieved to see that the special effects actually look pretty damn awesome, which is what I really think most (expect Hunger Games and Harry Potter) book-to-movie adaptations are lacking. I think Divergent is going to be such a visual experience! Excited to see Theo James on the big screen, woot! Divergent was a highly addictive and brilliantly imagined world.
Audiobook Comments: This is my first audiobook by Emma Galvin but not my last! I already heard Insurgent and have a few other books narrated by her on my audible TBR. I thought she did a brilliant Tris and maybe it was just me, but I think she sounded a little like Shailene. Which helped visualize her as Tris even more. Emma does a great job at separating different characters for us and giving them their own voice. My audiobook obsessed friend recommended I try the audiobook and I’m so glad I did! I did have a little bit of a hard time remembering which faction was which in the beginning, but this would have been an issue for me even if I were reading the book. After I write down the name of the factions and their qualities, it was so much easier keeping track of them. I would listen to this sometimes in the car and even my 7 year old daughter was keeping up with the story. If you haven’t read Divergent yet, I highly recommend the audiobook!
I don't know if maybe it was the persons voice but there was no variance to it. I saw the movie and was expecting greatness from the book. Maybe I just need to read the book. I didn't like the voice.
I want to read the second book, not sure if I want to get it on audible. I will try.
If the voices changed, it was so awkward.
I am wondering if all audible books are so boring sounding.
Just the long narratives of longing for the opposite sex. Some of it's ok. But over done in this series.
book yes audio no
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The Divergent series (which I will sum up in this review instead of writing a separate one for each book) helped me decide that I do like Dystopian Fiction. (If Brandon's Steelheart didn't push me over the edge). The books follow the story of a girl named 'Tris' and her friend 'Four'.ion These are nicknames, of course, because in this society, you are tested at 16 via injected with a serum that puts you in a trance induced simulation and you are offered scenarios. How you react will eliminate certain factions from your choices The factions are Abnegation (Selfless), Erudite (Intellect), Dauntless (brave), Amity (Peaceful), Candor (Honesty). I found it odd that 4 of the 5 are virtues.
But low and behold, sometimes the tests are inconclusive. The testee makes choices that don't narrow down your faction choices. These people are known as Divergent, and since we are in a dystopian world, that must mean that Divergent people must be hunted and killed, and why? Well It's a secret.. If you're lucky, the person who tests you knows the Divergent secret hand shake and will help hide your results.
While the story was good enough to make me chug through all 3 books in 2 weeks, the writing style did not lead to a good translation of Audiobooks. It was told in first person... First person that hits you like a Mack Truck Her's an example
"I walked down the hall. I saw Four. I told Four hello. He said "Hello Tris". We walked down the hall together. We saw a computer. Four went to hack into it. While I waited, I watched him. He is hansom'.
You get the picture. The third book, which is told from both Tris and Four's perspective, helps with the problem, but it's the major flaw in the series. This didn't chafe me as bad as the "He said She said" problem that some books have, but it did become distracting to me. Luckily, Emma Galvin did a great job with the narration.
The pacing of the series is rather nice, and by the time I got to the parts that started explaining what was really going on, it was predictable, but I honestly didn't mind.
The characters stay true to their natures throughout the series, and for me, that's important. They are all young, and they all mature through the books, but I never felt like any of them did things against their nature
So, I'll rank this one high in the dystopian fantasy genre, and if your looking for a dystopian series that does not include Zombie Outbreaks or apocalyptic events, then this will satisfy you
I enjoyed this story, the beginning of the Divergent series, setting the tone for the rest of the books. Emma Galvin does an amazing job of portraying Beatrice Pryor, her inflection and tone draw you in and keep you entertained. My daughters were reading the book, and wanted to see the movie, but before I would allow them to read the books and see the movie I had to preview it, and after listening to the unabridged version of the book I was drawn into the stories and have now listened to all 3 books. Very Enjoyable stories with a great twist.
Emma Galvin's performance made this book truly enjoyable to listen to.
The whole book was very enjoyable.
Umm No, I am a man.
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!