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
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
"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)
I tell everyone I know to read this book. I don't care how old or young you are this book has something for you.
Tris is my favorite she is strong even though she doesn't think she is
found this book very good and different from the types of books i like. i cant wait to read all the series.
The main reason that i read it was because everyone else was. It was pretty good, but when I watched the movie, I really liked it because it interpreted it in a really good way.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
In this book our 16-yr-old heroine is presented immediately with conflict and choices. We are quickly drawn into her world and her strange life in this place of 'factions', groups of people with common tendencies and goals (that's a simplistic explanation) but Tris is 'Divergent' meaning she doesn't fit into one of the factions, but must choose one anyway. This story is about a person striving to be who she is, and not who society says she should be. For that, it is fantastic. I am currently in book 3 of the trilogy, and I am still enthralled by the writing, the descriptions, the emotions, and the story. I highly recommend this. And as a bonus, there is nothing in here that would embarrass your grandmother (no cursing or blasphemy).
Tris is in a dystopian society with 5 factions, whats-her-name from hunger games is in a dystopian society with several areas. There's tensions between the factions.. er.. Areas. They each fall in love. They each battle government. They each kick... Um... backside.
Okay, yes, too many similarities with just enough differences to keep it interesting. I actually still enjoyed the story. If you can keep yourself from thinking of Hunger Games you can enjoy the story for what it is. It's not bad. Not five star in my book but still okay. It was well performed, and overall worth it.
I really like for young readers which is it's original audience and anything that makes them read is a plus for me. So who cares if it's close to.. That other book?
I would recommend it. Was a good book and am starting on the next in the trilogy. Not as good as Hunger Games trilogy but still good.
Rooftop jump and zip line
Are you 'dauntless' enough to be Divergent?
Narrator voice really fit the lead character's age and did a great job. Only complaint about the book was that it was a little bit too "young adult" read. Doesn't transcend all ages like Hunger Games trilogy and Harry Potter series.
you don't know how much I love this book. after I read it, it feels like I just went through an adventure with tris, and it makes me feel very good afterward. It was so real that I thought I was friended with the characters in the story. This book teaches you to be brave, kind, truthful, selfless and intelligent... I have never loved a book like this before.
Her voice indicates Tris so well and I really love her.
Alright just let me talk about the movie, even though it skipped lots of parts from the book but if you watch the movie after you read the whole book, I believe you will love that movie as well.
I brought the series afterward because I felt like they are those kind of books that you need to put in your book collection. Anyways enjoy emma galvin's voice, it definitely rises your reading experience on the book to a new level!
I didn't read the print version. I'm a busy working mom and it would take me forever to get through a series if I had to read it myself :(
Four. Complex character that leaves you wondering what his story really is.
Listened to this book every chance I got - in the car, while cleaning, in the shower...everywhere.
This book would be good for a teenager. I read reviews saying adults would enjoy it to but it really is just the story of teen first love. The other part of the plot went from good to ridiculous. Our heroine went from only being able to shoot enemies in the leg and only able to shot friends in the head. Then the ending made absolutely no sense as to what the character was going off to do after basically winning the biggest part of the war.
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