The supporting characters and backstory are totally unbelievable. Young children might believe the setting, but if this book is for kids, why put in so much sexual tension?
Give me a reason to believe why the coming of age training of children is conducted by children. Is this fictional society so messed up that nobody with any maturity or common sense is involved in the childrearing?
The narrator was fantastic at portraying the protagonist.
It's got a follow-up book, whether I think it needs one or not.
The author has a laughably juvenile concept of how people - at any time, in any society - learn combat, strategy, and life skills. The beginning of the end for me was when the 16-year-old kids got hand-to-hand combat training that was essentially "OK novices, go beat the crap out of each other until one of you is unconscious". Come on! I just could not believe that Eric would ever be put in a position of power directing the training of children.
It was worth to hear because the movie is out. The story/basic plot line and sub plots are really interesting. Fresh take on social diversity/segregation. I hated the conversations between the characters and the narrator made me not want to finish it. Her voice and inflection were horribly annoying. I want to get the second book because the story is so interesting but I just really do not want to her voice! The only way I can enjoy books these days are to listen to them in the car because I just don't have time to sit down and read.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
While listening to this book it was obvious that it was written with a young adult audience in mind, but it was still an enjoyable story for an older person. It is hard for me to believe that super intelligent people would not have a backup their computer programs, but I guess if I were not out in the workforce yet I could believe things like that.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I read this because the movie was coming out and my girlfriends were all excited as each of them read the story. The premise pulled me in instantly and Tris becomes a character that is easy to love. I really enjoyed the audiobook but don't expect to read just the first book of the series and part ways if you're not impressed. They leave off on both of the first two books at a place that doesn't wrap up the story so you can't just stop, you have to keep going. This is a three-book commitment or nothing. If you're the type that enjoyed The Hunger Games, you'll enjoy this series. I liked the characters and the premise better than the Hunger Games but I found the ending disappointing (and I didn't like the third book of the Hunger Games either).
I realized this was sort of a YA book, and that it tread over well worn ground, but the reviews were good so I gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the book. I quickly bonded to the main character, and enjoyed seeing her grow over the course of the book. There was nothing particularly ground-breaking in the book, but it wasn't trite drivel and was well written.
At least until the last hour. Did the author get tired and decide to take the easiest way out? Did a different author take over? Did the editor force the author to change a good ending into something stolen from a zombie book, concluding with a well-worn Disney fairy tale? I don't know, but I gave the story a 3-Star because the ending was so awful - with a decent ending it would have been a 4 or a 5..
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is a wonderful coming of age story. The main character develops from unsure and out of place to confident in a compelling, relatable, and believable fashion. Though not novel, this story is still an interesting take on dystopia.
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I expected some kind of Matrix like story, but it turns out much better. It’s a good, growing up story regarding decisions and consequences. I like the plot twists.
I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.
Like many others, I was a little skeptical about Divergent being another version of the Hunger Games. To my relief Divergent is an original story with plenty of characters to both love and hate.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
This book was on my radar because everyone and their mama read it, reviewed it and completed the series. So it was kind of on my TBR list, but not really since I am trying to stay away from the YA hype books. But since the book club selected it as the January Book of the Month my reason for reading it changed.
The story of 16 year old Beatrice Prior takes place in a post-war Chicago were society has been divided into 5 groups based on individual characteristics. The characteristic based groups determine what they eat, wear, where they sleep, how they should or should not think as well as careers. Now it's Beatrice's time to be tested to see where she fits in and to pick which group she will be with for the rest of her life. With or without her family?
I know the YA formula and I don't understand it. The formula is a young girl, two boy interest, zero parents, all equal life threatening situations and love. When I was 16 years old I had one boyfriend, two parents involved and zero life threatening situation and love. Hmmm... Where do they get this from?
With that being said I really liked this book. I thought the idea of factions and how they came to be was well though tout and written. I would have liked the author the give more detail about the history of each faction but since it's YA I think I understand why she didn't. If I was 16 and read this I would be a Divergent fangirl 100%. I would wear my faction color everyday and I would not even think anything of writing my faction symbol on my jeans, notebooks, backpack and postering my room with Four's posters.
One thing I really loved was how the author makes all the character diverse without telling you their race. She is excellent at this and I wish other authors did this as well.
The narrator of the audiobook was good too! With so much emotion running in and out of this book she did a great job.
The main reason I gave this book only 4 stars is basically for the absent parents yet again. Beatrice's mom was a really interesting character and the author didn't develop her at all. But outside of that the book is a good read that will hook you in and hold you to the end.