Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
For some reason this book just hit a chord with me, and I'm not even sure why. The factions don't really make a whole lot of sense, neither do the motivations of many of the characters. But I guess I just liked the trials and tribulations of the main characters, and the idea of a "Dauntless" gang/cult. It has a lot of "Hunger Games" in it, if that helps. For those that have seen the movie, the movie is fairly faithful to the book, but you'll just learn a lot more about the characters in the book, and there were some significant differences in the movie to streamline the plot. Otherwise though, if you liked the movie, you really should read/listen to this book.
Could not stop listening to this book! Very fast paced and interesting story. Look forward t the second book :)
The author has me cheering for the divergent people. Not just the divergent characters in the book, but also their beliefs and their commitment to protect the other factions from misconceptions of the Faction System.
Just one! ummmmm.
Donald Spoto's Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint.
Joan chose to follow her desire to know who SHE was. Even though she went against the status quo of her people, era and the governing religious leaders.
Theo James as Four.
A good read/listen but, not really. I enjoyed the story and want to read/listen to all the books in the series. I have recommended Divergent to many. And, I am waiting for my next credit to download Insurgent.
My extreme reaction came when I saw the movie. I was VERY disappointed in the movie.
I hope the author continues to keep me interested.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
Hmm, where to start as they say. So the beginning it is. Divergent was an enjoyable and entertaining audiobook in which I quite enjoyed. Trice is a character you start to root for from the moment the story begins. The world, or at least Chicago, is divided into factions and each faction as it own trait and when you turn sixteen you have to choose to stay in your faction or move to another faction, thus leaving your family for the rest of your life, because its faction before blood. But something goes wrong when Trice enters the aptitude test and she hears the word divergent for the first but last time. As the story progresses we get a glimpse of some of the differences in the factions and how they are living by meeting the "transfers" to Dauntless, the crazy and warlike, faction. Trice can see she fits in here but she could also be happy elsewhere, thus she is a divergent, and she is starting to think her instructor, and soon-to-be boyfriend, may be one to. But what is a divergent and why is everyone so secretive about it.
Now jumping to the end...
Trice has just completed her initiation and is given one final injection to become a member in Dauntless. It's a new injection, a tracker, just provided to Dauntless by another faction, Erudite-which has been stirring discontent against her old faction (Abnegation) and her father as a leader, to help Dauntless in case a member goes missing which according to one of the Dauntless leader, Eric, rarely happens any ways. But that night Trice awakes to watch her friends, boyfriend, and other faction members turn into walking robots who attack her former faction. But Trice and Four (Tibas) are divergent so they are immune to the mind controlling transmitters that were just injected into all of the members of Dauntless. So begins the battle for the future...
The writing was great and the character development was wonderful, even to for characters that die before the end of the book. As I was listening to this book I wanted to compare it to Hunger Games, but even though they are same genre that is really for me where the sameness ends. I look forward to the next book of the series and have my fingers crossed the greatness continues.
I could clearly see what was going on in the story as well as what everyone was feeling. Emma Galvin is a phenomenal narrator. I highly recommend this book. I am continuing on to book 2 "The Insurgent"
I wouldn't consider the audio edition better or worse, it's all a matter of preference and situation whether one reads or listens. I find I get through a book faster if I listen to it because I can multi-task. Depending on the narrator sometimes it's more enjoyable to read.
Hunger Games - young adult heroes and storyline set in the future.
Beatrice/Triss was the main character and you grow to care about her and her survival skills.
If you enjoyed Hunger Games and Twilight you will like the Divergent series.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Divergent audio presentation sits about in the middle of performances. A good ready, no effects.
The choosing ceremony and the aftermath resonate with everyone who has had to make choices in their life.
Divergent, the Choice is Yours
An excellent start. Can't wait to read the rest.
I am a single, sixty year old woman who recently sold her home in the country, where I blissfully raised sheep and chickens. I am very intelligent, sensitive and emotional and I prefer books with these same qualities.
The premise of the story. (liked)
Obvious, immature "love story" (dislike)
There is really nothing "wrong" with the story. It is just written more at a youth level than that of an adult.
No. Other than I probably will NOT go see the movie.
I very much enjoyed "The Hunger Games" trilogy and thought this would be similar. Hunger Games was clearly written with a more mature audience in mind.
something about yourself!
I did enjoy this, although I had no idea what it would be about before I read it. I didn't read up anything about it prior to reading it. It was an enjoyable story though when i think back about what happened, I realized not much happened.
I would recommend the book to those who enjoy dystopian young adult literature. Given the genre, the premise of the story is mildly engaging; the young female lead has some endearing qualities, but I am growing tired of suppressed sexual angst along with squeezing the emotional lemon for every last drop.
For me, the most distracting mechanical aspect of the story is that it is written in present tense. I don't mind when present tense is used sparsely to emphasize action that is happening RIGHT NOW, but writing an entire book in present tense reminds me too much of illiterate young people who think everything is happening RIGHT NOW and overuse the form in their speech also.
The lead is basically the only character who is fully explored enough to give us much insight into her character and motive. Again, that is why I prefer a story told through an omniscient narrator, rather than through the episodic, distorted, tangled story from the viewpoint of a hyper-hormonal teen.
It is a movie; I will probably see it; not for the great story, but simply for a few minutes of entertainment.
The premise of the story (5 factions based on exaggerated character types) is a bit interesting, and there are some interesting developments as the plot progresses.