this book is in the top ten of the books I have listened to, it kept me mesmerised.
The trails that the young people have to go through to be accepted into their chosen faction.
Her voice was very easy to listen to and carried the novel along.
It did make me think about personality and how we think. There were one or two weepy moments.
Excellent read not to be dismissed as a younger book.
"Empowering, finding a place for yourself."
So you have to find the character trait that best suits you, I found it interesting to think where I would belong, but the idea of being stuck in one area and not being able to enjoy all the parts of our personality sounds so stifling.
Excellent book, it got me thinking!
"Potential that was never fulfulled"
This book had such wonderful reviews that I dared hope for a brilliant new series. Not a chance! The characters remained flat and unconvincing. The challenges they faced were not real but in simulations and dreams and these unreal experiences fell flat and sounded fake. I don't understand why the Dauntless faction was considered the brave, if all they ever did to prove their bravery is jump on trains, get tattoos and go through simulations and imaginary challenges.
All in all, even though the book had a couple of promising ideas, overall it sounded hollow and extremely disappointing. I will not be bothering with the second book of the series, despite the fact that many questions remained unanswered.
"a long, long 11 hours..."
i had to listen to this so i could discuss the story with my son as part of his studies. i wish i had bought the book! the reader's voice was dreadfully monotonous and lacking in inflection. possibly a teenager (target audience) would have found her delivery absolutely fine and i'm just showing my age!
"Advice: fastforward until the end"
I suppose Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have upped the ante for teenage fiction. It's hard for an adult to pick up a book and not expect the same level of literary dexterity in other authors, so I tried to be patient when listening to this book. The task, however, was beyond me. This novel feels like it's written for teenagers- by a teenager. Essentially, there is no adventure: most of the obstacles the protagonist faces are fake- either in dreams or in simulations, a technique which drains the story of meaning.
The world of the story feels like it's only painted on a flimsy set design. The antagonists have no real dimension to them and the protagonist is simply dull. In that sense, she reminded me of Bella in the Twilight Saga ('Why do you like me, I'm so unpretty...' says she while everyone around her adores her).
The aim of this book seems to be to introduce the reader to the next one, and in so doing, the writer seems to have forgotten that a story needs to be better crafted, or it remains only a preface. Shame to the publisher who allows its writers to do that!
Surely there is better fiction out there for the young reader. If you're thinking of buying this book because you're looking for something in the same vein as the Hunger Game, keep searching. This ain't worth your time.