I am a library media specialist at a middle/high school. I love classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA books (especially dystopias!) and picture books.
A really engaging book. I love a good dystopia and Divergent delivers. The narration is good, the characters are strong and the story is engrossing. Insurgent is a great followup. Now I am just waiting for the final book in the series.
Was leary when it first got started....I love love love Hungar Games and was so afraid it'd be too similar....well.......this would make the best movie ...it is that good.....just makes you think if our government could have that much control over us and we not know.....the kids story lines are amazing.....just finished this one last night and can't wait to start part 2.....don't be afraid to listen to this one.....I had to laugh when it said it's a children book...I'm almost 58....kid at heart mayb. ;)
I really enjoyed the "action" and imagining this alternate version of society.
My favorite character was Four and I hope they pick someone really attractive to play him in the movie. And yes, I think this will get made into a movie.
Not being a YA maybe I'm am missing something. I really wanted to like this but sadly could not. I enjoyed the Hunger Games Series but this book was noticeably deficient and lacking in so many different areas. The basic setting for the story is somewhat believable but the circumstances make no sense. Adults (what few there are) are portrayed as idiots. The story wonders around way to much and then brings everything together in the last 20 min. Characters show almost super-human skills. All this adds up to an unbelievable story. I kept listening thinking it would get better, it never did.
I love all kinds of books but don't really read them anymore I would rather listen to them but I will still buy the book if I love it enough to collect it.
A wonderfully written book and will turn out to be a good series cant wait for the movie to come out I hope they do it some justice compared to some of the other movies of books that have come out here lately because I don't want to be disappointed by yet another movie that cant stand up to the book.
I bought this during a holiday sale at Audible, and had never purchased an audiobook before. I was hooked. I later read the book in print, and I find that Tris's voice will forever be that of Emma Galvin in my mind. I was surprised to find listening to an audiobook SO enjoyable; it was very easy to stay invested in the story and in the characters, and as a bonus, I could do other things like drive, exercise, or clean while listening.
Divergent features a lot of action, a lot of difficult choices, and flawed heroes that are very human and relatable. The story is gripping, and the main character is brave and intelligent, yet makes some very human mistakes. The moment I finished this one I downloaded the second book in the series.
Emma Galvin's performance really made the book come alive. She portrays Tris (main character) with a full range of human emotion, and even portrays the male characters with emotionally layered and gruff voices that really add to the story.
I was unfamiliar with this author, and found this book to be quite entertaining. I have to admit to being slightly dissatisfied with the way she brushed over certain aspects of the story or gave them an explanation which was disappointing or not quite credible. For example, her very brief explanation of the training for Abnegation as simply a few weeks of community service was far from satisfying. Since this lifestyle would have been one of the most difficult to maintain with integrity, a more rigorous training period would have been necessary.
This is a specific example of one of the book's shortcomings I feel I can write about without it being a spoiler. There are a few others.
These plot problems notwithstanding, I still recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.
It took me a little while to get into this, but it ended solid. I'm looking forward to book 2.
Yes. Great story and the detail and thought behind every action really gives you great insight. Pulls you in
Tris is the obvious answer, but Tobias has become my other favorite. He's a complicated guy and smart.
Zipline from the tower. here coming down and being accepted by the group was riveting.
The sacrifice of her Mom and more so her Dad really hit me hard.
Although this is a book for teens, just like Harry Potter, it has adult appeal. The story teller was fantastic. I have never made a point of listening to a story at every chance I had.