WASHOUGAL, WA, United States | Member Since 2010
This story is one of my favorites. I could not stop listening.Veronica Roth has created a captivating adventure laced with convincingly realistic characters. Beatrice, the character who's viewpoint this story is written from, is what I would consider the perfect portrayal of all the conflicting angles clashing and welding inside a young woman. The mental and physical frustrations Beatrice faces are nothing short of real.
The only downfall I could find to this story is that many of the gun references were actually inaccurate. As a firearms instructor and competitor who puts about 4,000 rounds down range per year, it was a mild irritation. However, I did not let it get in the way of my enjoyment of "Divergent". Emma Galvin narrates this book beautifully.
I like to wait a few years between listens, but I am sure I will be listening to this book again eventually. Great performance by Sarah Drew (as always) paired with an action packed story line and beautiful writing method by Lauren Oliver make
The ending was probably the most memorable moment. Just as she did with Delerium, Lauren Oliver finished strong and poetic.
There was a line in the book, when Lauren Oliver referred to Raven as being pieces scattered everywhere, and one of those pieces being a skeleton ship. This was one of the most beautiful moments in the book.
I'm usually a little disappointed in sequals. However, this one did not let me down. I found Pandemonium to be even more engaging and entertaining then Delerium. This is saying alot considering Delerium is one of my all time favorite books.
The ending of the book literally gave me chills. This is one that has stuck with me and I consider to be one of my favorite listens this year.
Although the concept of this story is intriguing; it lacks the depth necessary to convince the audience that Hannah Baker was emotionally distraught enough to commit suicide. There were a lot of circumstances described that one would believe could play a role in leading up her travesty, but nothing very concrete. No emotional collapsing point. It all felt very hum drum and left me waiting for more.
Hannah Baker's attitude towards taking her own life was not very realistic. The entire story revolves around her blaming others for her choice, and rubbing in their face that they drove her to this end. I found the entire thing irritating.
The narration was great, however.
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