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It is a very rare thing to witness the beginning of a writer’s career and know without a doubt that the first little book is going to launch a worldwide craze, a la J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer. Such is the terrifying yet enviable position of Veronica Roth, who sold this debut novel to a HarperCollins imprint before she even finished college. She also sold the film rights to Summit Entertainment, owner of the Twilight film saga, on the strength of pre-publication buzz alone. The first in a planned series, Divergent is beyond question the best thing to happen to young adult literature in a very long time. More realistic than Harry Potter and less moony-eyed than Twilight, Roth has crafted a world and a protagonist that are easily engrossing and definitely worthy of our long-term attention.

Part of the credit for such charm belongs to narrator Emma Galvin, herself somewhat a newcomer. The young upstart has already garnered praise for her interpretations of Winter’s Bone, the first book spin-off from the Glee television series, and Stephenie Meyer’s recent novella. Galvin is genuinely edgy and emotive, not a trace of sugar to be found in the dialogue or her rendering of it. She captures the bold but conflicted spirit of the main character, Tris, with convincing personality and a real sensibility for the fast-pacing learning curve into which Tris launches the year she turns 16. After being raised in a clan whose primary characteristic is its devotion to selflessness, Tris defects, choosing a life of bravery from among the five factions that comprise her dystopic Chicago. She must pledge the faction, and go through several rounds of training eliminations before becoming a true Dauntless.

Tris is a complex, down-to-earth character with a lot of soul searching to do — in a clan where hobbies include jumping from moving trains and tossing knives at small objects resting on the heads of friends, and there are no second chances. Veronica Roth has built a remarkable situation with strong potential for a longevity that will remain fresher than the sum of its parts, and Emma Galvin has this bull of a new series firmly by the horns. This book is confidently going places far beyond the fanatical mindlessness of young adult marketing, and in a hot minute, grownups will not have to feel one iota of shame for having fallen in love with it alongside their less discerning teenagers. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

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.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves.... or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series - dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

©2011 Veronica Roth (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris’s mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides.... listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day." (AudioFile)

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    Ralph 06-15-14
    Ralph 06-15-14
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    "This book although nicely written is inconsistent"

    The best word for this book is forced. It's well written but style if only part of a book. It is not internally consistent and the societies are too unbelievable and the populations described in the acceptance trials are not consistent with the overall population numbers of each clan. I liked the book enough to finish it but I'm not wasting my money buying the next in the series.

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    Roy Fisher 06-14-14
    Roy Fisher 06-14-14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I didn't look at the print version but the audio is very convenient.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's explanations of what was going on inside the thoughts of the main characters.


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    Yolanda GARFIELD, NJ, United States 06-12-14
    Yolanda GARFIELD, NJ, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE

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    "Exciting, entertaining and full of visual detail"
    What did you love best about Divergent?

    Descriptive details help to visually imagine the scenery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    Mother being shot.


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

    An unexpected villain.


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

    It made me think of how judgmental society has become and how it is perceived or can be perceived.


    Any additional comments?

    Great detail!

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    Lisa 06-12-14
    Lisa 06-12-14
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    "Exciting story, writing/narration made it silly"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this story on a drive from SF to LA during the holidays. Right off the bat I knew it wasn't going to be a literary masterpiece and once I just accepted the fact that this is a teen book, I really enjoyed the story line! Yeah, all of the butterflies and googley eyes that were described as the love story made me roll my eyes, but overall it was an interesting and mindless listen.

    I will say I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator. I guess she embodied what the character sounded like but man did she sound naive!

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    Amanda 06-10-14
    Amanda 06-10-14 Member Since 2016

    History and Communications student at the University of Ottawa. Full time student, full time job, and full time daydreamer.

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    "Not what I expected; but still incredibly good!"

    I was actually dragged to the movie theatre by a friend to watch the movie, and that same evening I didn't go home until I had a copy of the book. Very enjoyable book; interesting story and concept, it wasn't a mushy-gooey love story, it was just right. Unfortunately for me, having seen the movie before reading the book did affect my interpretation of the story, and I found myself comparing the book to the movie a lot (and usually it's the opposite!) Other than that, it was a great book, definitely the best in the trilogy.

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    Rachel Woodbridge, VA, United States 06-08-14
    Rachel Woodbridge, VA, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great idea, but mediocre writing"
    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin pulled this off very well. The writing and situations were a bit lacking, but she managed to keep me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    The author had a great idea for a storyline here but her writing could use a bit more spit and polish, as well as creativity. I felt nearly all of the writing was canned and predictable.

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    Andrea 06-07-14
    Andrea 06-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Exampled of Bad Canned Literature"
    What disappointed you about Divergent?

    The violence was over the top. It's not that I'm opposed to violence, but it is one example after another of gratuitous violence.


    What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

    The lack of original thought.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

    Sure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a waste of time to read (book club choice) and money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Lehigh Valley, PA, United States 06-06-14
    Lynn Lehigh Valley, PA, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OK...IF You're the Target Audience..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not a young adult reader, but listened to this story to keep on top of what my niece is reading...she raved about it and loved it...some parts of this story slowed down...the middle of this first book almost got a little boring to me, and, I guess, were appropriate to what teens experience when they start developing feelings for someone. I did feel the author drug that out a bit, but, as I said, I am not the target audience. Once I got to three-quarters of this story, it picked up and kept my interest until the end.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emma Galvin?

    No, I won't be listening to any more stories by this author, but at least I have an idea of how she writes, geared to young adult readers, and that's OK with me--if they like her, and it encourages them to read more, I'm all for it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did like the voice of the narrator...her voice lent itself well to this type of story and fictional time period.


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    Abby Normal 06-06-14
    Abby Normal 06-06-14

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    "Another kind of world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the descriptions and characters are engaging. Another example of a society which somewhat reminded me of the giver. The narration is wonderful and I found myself relating to the characters and trying to figure out where I would fit.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    It reminds me of The Giver in some ways because of the different roles and ceremonies. It also reminds me of The Hunger Games because of the action and the strong female character and the emphasis on using physical confrontation for elimination.


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

    She brings a youthful voice that makes the character come to life. Her expression and emotion kept my attention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely stayed up in the wee hours of the morning listening because it seemed like there were no clear stopping points.


    Any additional comments?

    This book definitely had an ending that kept you wanting more.

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    Jim Utah, USA 06-03-14
    Jim Utah, USA 06-03-14

    JC

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    "Twilight without the vampires and maybe less plot"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Emma Galvin was a good narrator, fairly expressive, and a nice voice, so I'd listen to her again. Veronica Roth, probably not though, just too shallow of a book for me.


    What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

    Almost no story really happened in this book, it had a lot of the main character noticing touches and brushes and what not.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Tris, the main character


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    Not really, I may or may not recommend this book to others.


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  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    1/7/12
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    "Suprisingly good!"

    Young Adult books nowadays usually leave me with a longing for more Harry Potter :). Suprisingly this one didn't. I really enjoyed it, and I will wait for the second one with eager antecipation. It's good to know that there are new writters with potential out there! It's light enough for your readers, the story is well thought, and the characters, specially the main ones, are likeable and believable. If you're looking for some light fiction, this might be it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    4/7/13
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    "One of my favourite dystopian works."

    I love Divergent and have it in paperback, kindle e-book & Audible audiobook.



    The writing is well developed and the story gripping. The characters are very easy to identify with and you find yourself wanting to learn more about them.



    I know i am stating the obvious here but this is a Young Adult/Teen genre. It is light enough for the younger teens but deals with some very important social issues such as bullying, domestic violence,



    As many people have said there are similarities to The Hunger Games, such as segmented society within a city, but they are their own stories.



    Being the first part of a trilogy, this book sets the scene in this dystopian world and establishes the characters, political issues and power struggles from the outset.



    The reader/listener is kept guessing throughout the story with just enough revealed to fill in the gaps and solidify the story by the end, but leaves enough questions to keep you guessing and wanting more.



    This book is very well narrated by Emma Galvin, i think she would be suited to many other YA stories and if she had narrated the twilight audiobooks i would have bought them too.



    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina Vasileva
    12/18/12
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ann-Marie
    Gavle, Sweden
    2/28/12
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    "Ends with the beginning"


    Well, I must start by telling you that I'm probably one of the few who has NOT yet read the Hunger Games trilogy (I'm working on it...) Even so, I understand that there is quite a few similarities. A young girl trying to figure out Who she is. In doing so, finding hidden strengths (both physical and mental) within her which is good since she needs all of them in the initiation process she's going thru.

    I listened to the novel vary well narrated by Emma Galvin and I listened as soon as I had a chance (in the car, walking the dog, cleaning the kitchen).

    It is well written, the characters are plausible and easy to like (or hate). The main character Beatrice, later Tris, is someone you want to get to know and learn more about.

    But, to me it seems that this, the first in a series of three, is very much an introduction to the rest. I don't know if I'm right, but there is something missing. There is a lot of questions you don't get answers to.

    Why has the society changed into this very rigid form? What has happened to the world?

    For me this lack of background made it difficult to understand and accept Tris'and the other initiates change and behaviour.

    Non the less it's a good read. Love, hate, good, evil, morality.

    I do hope to find some answers in the next book. I would have given it one more star if I've gotten some more answers from the start.

    The story ends with the beginning...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    2/13/15
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    "Great listen"

    Enjoyed listening to this daily. The narrator portrayed the characters and the told the story. I'm looking forward to insergant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V. Clouston
    Orkney, UK
    12/10/13
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    "Excellent listen"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    Divergent is an original, clever story. Great characters and performed brilliantly by Emma Galvin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Four. An intriguing individual with a great backstory.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin does a great job reading this. She gives a very believable performance and is very easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tris learns more about her mother's past and the dramatic climax ( no spoilers!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Stand aside here comes the DIVERGENT"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to better but listened to much much worse ... the fact taht the narrator is in a constant state of fear allertness terror means that you do not get a rest from this frantic drama. But She does a good job of making your heat thud.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to, and why?

    The Hunger games is the same type of book and this is a compliment. Tris is not the same she is harder and less confident than Catness however the story is edgier in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tris was saved from the other transfers by 4.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. E. Davies
    London, England
    10/23/13
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    "Quite an enjoyable listen"

    I was looking forward to reading this, the initial blurb seemed good, but at the end I felt a little disappointed. There are lots of unanswered questions, but I know there are two sequels to come which I assume will tie up these questions. However, the lack of any information about the history of Chicago, and how this society came to be this way, means that questions are continually popping into my head - for example, who are Dauntless protecting their society against?

    Overall a good story, and reasonably well performed - Emma Galvin has a pleasing voice, though at times it was difficult to distinguish which of the characters were speaking initially. The characters were whole and rounded, Tris was brave and curious, Four moody and deep, and all the requisite baddies were in force.

    What is a little disappointing though is for the continual presence of strong similarities between this and books such as The Hunger Games and The Host. Maybe most stories set in a dystopian future will have similar themes, that echo over and over again, but I would have appreciated some original twists to distinguish one from another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Poole, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "A great new writer to the fantasy pantheon"

    I welcome her to the list of fantasy and science fiction writer that I really like. Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin and Diana Wynne Jones to name a few. The story is told in first person and we are given the perception of the protaganist to the strange surreal environment she finds herself in. We are all brought up in the belief systems of our families and Tris is no exception to this. The five faction construct is obviously just that, a strange construct. I was worried that this would be another Hunger Games pseudo reality story, but I was very pleased it did not turn out like this. The world is very like a computer game with real players and not avatars. I look forward to Veronica Roth honing her craft and producing more wonderful stories in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David L. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    7/30/13
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    "Excellent story, but average performance"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    The story is imaginative and enthralling. A bit too much Mills and Boon at times but overall very good. Performance is not the best, difficult to distinguish between the different characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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