I have decided that after listening to Divergent and then to Insurgent - I will listen to anything Emma Galvin reads. She is excellant. The book swayed for a little while, but because of the performance by Emma, I couldn't stop listening.
It is in my top, 5. Interesting story and characters you grow to love and care about.
The Hunger Games, it one girl against a society trying to keep the world at bay.
This one is pretty good.
Learning about Tobis's parents.
This is a great series. If you like Hunger Games you'll enjoy this series. My only disappointment is having to wait for the 3rd book. I can't wait!
As is the case with most sophomore novels; this is not as good as the original but it's not terrible. I didn't think the first was great. This fell off a little.
There is the obligatory split between the young lovers, a lot of action and teen angst. All of which is the crux of most YA fiction. Roth goes into a little more character development in this book but they all still appear to be pretty straightforward. The action is a little too pat and action movie-esque. People are constantly getting shot and persevering. I've never been shot but I imagine a bullet wound to my leg would completely put me out of commission and almost certainly I wouldn't be able to jump a train with one in my shoulder. But alas, there is that necessity for suspension of disbelief.
One thing that really started to irritate me toward the end of the book is Roth's overuse of, "I/he/she said." to delineate who was speaking. Many times, it would have been obvious who the speaker was without it but and in the cases where it was necessary, it would have been prudent to use other words, eg: exclaimed, shouted, mumbled etc... Here is where Roth's age and inexperience as a writer was most evident. A little variation goes a long way. Even my second grader knows to do this! I think even Emma Galvin got tired of reading it since by the end of the book, it sounded like she was saying, "I said" with a sneer! It was only minimally distracting however.
I will listen to the 3rd book when it comes out, however, unlike The Hunger Games, I am not recommending this series to my husband. He was too irritated by the teenage angst in THG to put up with it in this one.
I hope Roth continues to write and grow as an author. I think she has a lot of promise and some interesting ideas.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Super crazy awesome.
Come on really? Tris is obviously fantastic. Wonderfully flawed, and it's really interesting to see her evolution between a "Stiff," and a hard core soldier. However, the supporting characters are all strong. Who doesn't love Four? I think the dynamic between Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn is great fun as well.
Everything. She's at the top of my list of favorite narrators. The voices are all very distinct and done well. No stupid accents like other narrators do.
No, I needed a break. It gets heavy and I took a break to listen to a comedy and came back refreshed. I did the same thing when I read the book.
Veronica Roth hit a serious home run with this series and I can't wait for book 3!
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Can't wait for book 3! Love this series! I wasn't gonna try this series because I don't usually read this genre but I am so glad I gave it a chance.
I liked the story and the performance. However, the narrator sounded slightly young at times and didn't sound as tough/mature as I imagined Tris would despite her young age. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth a listen! I cannot wait to hear what happens next.
YES, IT KEPT YOU ON AN ADVENTURE. SOMETIMES FUN, SCARRY AND TOUCHING.
Yes. I listened to Divergent first and loved the story. The story picks back up in Insurgent and I'm absolutely hooked.
I liked that it was thrilling. Moving from one exciting part to the next without long intervals of nothing.
She really made the story come alive.