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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "It's one of THOSE books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of those books. The one you devour in a day, tell your friend to read, and hope it wasn't just the tasty chocolate you were eating at the time that caused it to seem so darn amazing. But then your friend finishes it and you completely geek out together on how fantastic it was so you continue to recommend it even more enthusiastically to the rest of your friends. Eventually all your friends have read it and geeked out, then you find out....they're making a movie! Yep, one of those books. If you haven't read/listened to it yet, you should.

    Content Concerns? Although many young adult novels contain drugs, sex, self-abuse, swearing, etc., this book contains none of that.
    I would selectively recommend this to avid readers from 13 to 15.
    And I would highly recommend this for any reader (reluctant or avid ) from 16-25.

    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I feel she softened Triss' character a bit, in a good way, from how I would have read it.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mere pure enthusiastic excitement.

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  • Dualed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elsie Chapman
    • Narrated By Alicyn Packard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate - a twin raised by another family - and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage - life. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence.

    Joki says: "Decent"
    "Intreiging Letdown"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fantastic dystopian concept with moral qualms, heart thumping action, tragedy & love, but at the end, I was left disappointed. Government corruption was alluded to but never addressed, moral questions were raised but never processed. The main character contemplated these issues then they were forgotten, lost in a love story.
    A great dystopian novel wouldn't gloss over and pretend the government corruption is acceptable or that the main character is perfectly content to have complied with that corruption.
    Here are the facts:
    1) The government brings together 2 couple's DNA to create twins (called alts) who are separated at birth and raised in completely different environments, supposedly because there is not enough resources for both alts- though parents seem to be able to register for as many children as they want (West's parents had 4).
    2) Each alt is raised and at the age of ten they begin training in weapons & defense which is when they can officially become 'active' in their assignment to find & murder their alt at which point they become a 'complete.' Completes receive better treatment than those who are 'Incomplete,' almost as if they are second rate humans until they have reached Complete status.
    3) The Alt who murders first is the more perfect version and the one who dies is undeserving of Complete status. However, the main character struggles with this idea since 2 of her siblings were killed by their Alts and she can't process how they could have been undeserving, and their lives meaningless.
    4) The main character then overcomes her feelings of undeserving, conforms to the government's rules, completes her assignment as per activation instructions, and lives happily ever after with her love interest despite her entire family and his having been killed due to this practice.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Elsie Chapman again?

    Probably not. Her ideas are amazing, but she left me with a feeling of unresolved tension. Important moral questions were obvious in her book Dualed, where twins are required to hunt down and kill one another for the right to be a 'complete' member of society, but she focused on the love interest of the story.

    Which character – as performed by Alicyn Packard – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Cord. Alicyn did a great job of voicing characters' emotions during her reading which drew me into the story.

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