I prefer audiobooks because I will become consumed by any story and with Audible I can get groceries, clean the house, and go about my day while being consumed by a good book.
This was a good story. An original concept that was very well written. I can't wait for the final book.
Divergent definitely reminds me of The Hunger Games. It's not going to go down in history as a great piece of literature that generations of people will grow up reading and becoming a classic. It is a young adult book.
Because of that, one must go into it with a good bit of willingness to suspend disbelief. They do not explain what happened to society to leave it in this condition but I found that did not really matter much. In an adult book where there are several plot lines that are all interwoven, it would be expected. Because the target audience is younger, this story has one plot line and we follow it from beginning to end. (Well, the end of this particular episode.) It is a very simple and therefore, fairly predictable story but that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable.
If you are looking for a deep, meaningful novel with complex plot twists and character development, leave the young adult section. If you want a fast moving adventure story, give Divergent a try.
I finished it, listened to another book and now I have started the second book in the series so it did draw me back. I was curious to see where this was going. I hope it doesn't disappoint me in the end like Hunger Games did.
It was ok. I did not love it.
I thought the middle third of the book became redundant in the development of the characters.
If was good narration, but not great.
If you love teenage scifi adventure.
Seeing all the flowing reviews I decide to give this a try. While the story was interesting enough to keep my attention most of the way, I felt that Tris and her relationship with Four was a bit juvenile. And the dialogue being laughable at times. But I will probably keep reading on to the next book hoping that it will get better, because there is potential here.
I thought this book was very interesting, slow at first, but had to keep listening at the end.
after it got started then yes.
One of the reviews of this story said it was a cross between Enders Game and The Hunger Games. That is so true. This is the tale of a teenage girl in a world where all people try to become accepted by a "faction" (or end out as the dreaded factionless). It is well written with a good main character trying to make the cut as "Dauntless" in the elaborate initiation rites. As a middle aged adult, this felt a little too familiar to me. I also felt that very few of the characters came alive outside of Tris, the heroine of the story. Still, the world and story were interesting enough for me to stay with it, and I did enjoy much of the novel. I think this might be better received by younger readers, as my 20 year-old son and many of my high school students loved this. I liked the mystery of trying to figure out what was behind the political system and intrigue. The reader was great.
The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series
Her voice personifies Tris to perfection.
I just loved listening .
An exciting narrative, a great premise and an excellent narration. Highly recommend it!
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
I'll admit, I wouldn't have even thought about picking this book a year ago before I read The Hunger Games, but I enjoyed that series so much I decided to give myself a little more latitude in my selections and be open to other genres. So in reading this book I had a pretty high bar to compare it to, rating the Hunger Games as a solid 5/5. And while I've heard a movie deal is in the works, I won't be completing the trilogy and I'll be waiting for the movie to see how the story ends.
The strengths--Interesting story line, develops fairly logically, easy to get into the idea (a dystopian Chicago of the future), and lead character is likable.
The weaknesses--I really wanted a lot more from this story than the author could deliver. While some characters are richly developed, others shut me down as their multi-dimensionality is unrealistic and hard to believe. The author's scene descriptions aren't vivid enough for me and don't have the depth and texture I need to be drawn in to the setting. The descriptions of pain and challenge by the lead character didn't work for me. I wish I could do a better job pulling up examples, but I can't; I can just say that I was disappointed in the writing around how she described the sensations and it kept me from really getting sucked in. I need more texture.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
Yes, it was an interesting listen that left you wanting to know more.
I would put it in the same category as Hunger Games because it is a futuristic take on what happens after society has been re-envisioned after some disaster or another.
Her voice was not distracting and kept me easily in the story.
Yes it was but obviously I did not.
I enjoyed the story just as much as I liked Hunger Games.
Dystopian, teenage angst
Yes. Ordered the next in the series as I like to read an entire series.
Good for teens that have more worldly experiences and mature mindset.