Divergent is one of my Holiday pleasures and I enjoyed it! It allowed me to escape while I listened and I rank it as one of the better ones I listened to this year.
I do feel a similarity to the Hunger Games as it revolves around young people, is futuristic, and most the older people are evil or at least misinformed.
The reader was very interesting and had a clear concise voice that grabbed and kept my attention.
It was interesting enough to have listened to it in one sitting yet the length prevented that.
It was overall enjoyable for a fun and interesting Holiday read.
The narrator had little emotional range, relying on content alone for character development. Everybody spoke at the same pace and in the same limited set of attitudes. Sad.
Almost anybody. Alessandro Juliani does a better teenaged girls, with more complexity, at least, than Emma Galvin did. Sorry, Emma, but you have got to loosen up and dig a little deeper to get this reader to go near anything you narrate.
Come on, Audible. You know what good reading sounds like.
I have not read the print version, but the reading was well done, my only complaint was that her distinction between thoughts and spoken words (first person narrative) were a little unclear once in a while.
I'd say Divergent is similar to the Hunger Games series, similarly emotionally stunted/oblivious heroine with plenty of sexual tension (JUST DO IT ALREADY!) and a unique world-building universe
Having read a few YA books I can't say I was surprised when the story became predictable. There were moments when I was rooting for the main character. Although she was at odds with other characters, her survival skill were lacking. That just made her a putz. One or two times, ok, but all the time? Predictable.
On the whole the narrator was excellent. The story was climbed but never quite reached the top.
I had read very positive reviews before purchasing and therefore expected an engaging, exciting listen. I was quite disappointed.
The characters were one-dimensional, the story predicable, and the narration exaggerated. As I continued through the book, I had fruitlessly hoped that it would get better. I usually like there to be a bit of suspense, unraveling of plot, and opportunity for me to make connections and draw conclusions. There was no room for that in this book - everything was spelled out very, very neatly. It lacked creativity and really missed the mark for me.
My advice: if you generally enjoy Y/A books, I encourage you to try "The Bone Season". I may give Veronica Roth another chance, but I will not be trying another from her Divergent series.
Keeps you interested as it brings you along. No lagging sections
I listen to books in the car. The better the book the less I mind driving. I was troubled I had to stop when I reached my destination after 4 hours of driving.
No, story pulled me along out of curiosity of what would happen next so, I don't think I'd have the interest to listen to it again now that I know.
Fast paced and not always predictable.
They did make it a film.
Definitely for the young teenager, me being a little older I was a bit annoyed by the love connection it felt very high school to me.
heck yes, and I don't usually reread anything ever, it sucked me in and left me wanting to go through it again and again
it captivated me the author did an amazing job making the characters not only real but like I actually knew them
no I have not, though I hope to in the future as in I hope the next book is as captivating as the first
ye I laughed and cried and enjoyed every moment of it
Far too much of this novel focused on the budding romance and sexuality of the heroes. Kiddy romance was too much.
The construct of the novel is interesting. The focus on only two of the groups minimized the influence of the others.
The 16-year-old sexual tension.
Without giving away too much of the story, Divergent is a story about a remarkable girl, who doesn’t really fit in to the family and environment where she is raised. Then comes the test that will offer her a new life. Of course this takes place in a dystopia where everything is not as it seems. Some of her fellow classmate become her enemies, and people you’d expect to be her enemies become her friends and allies. Adventure ensues, until the end which sets you up for more books.
It feels like the author is reaching desperately for Harry Potter, Enders Game, or the Hunger Games but falls short. There are moments in the book where I did get carried away with the story, but unfortunately they are not frequent or enduring enough to sustain the grandness that the author strives for. She has only a few sentences that hint a larger, darker and more troubling story to be told, but I don’t feel she gets to it. Perhaps she is leaving for the next books, but I won’t ever know because I don’t plan on reading them.
I will say the book is entertaining and I didn’t have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn’t finding excuses to drive a little further or run an extra mile just to find out what is next.