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)
Not really well spent. Did not keep my attention. I suspect the movie will be better.
Not really although I have her next 2 books on my wish list.
Not a good book to listen too.
The story was very different, engaging, and still believable. I loved the pace of this book as well as the characters.
I would compare it to The Hunger Games because it feels like it's written for the same type of reader. It has a simular pace and feel, but yet very much it's own and different story. I think if you enjoyed The Hunger Games you would enjoy Divergent as well.
I really liked all the characters.
I am writing this review a while after finishing this book/series but still remember how much I enjoyed it. I have recommended it to several people and they too have enjoyed it.
I knew that I was getting into a YA book when I started, I wasn't expecting War and Peace here. I was expecting something around the quality of the Hunger Games. I just needed some background noise while I completed tedious tasks for work. And it was ok for that. Honestly if you want some dystopian novels to listen to then get The Giver, Brave New World, 1984, Player Piano, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Logan's Run or any of the many many many other dystopian novels that are significantly better that this book draws directly from.
I'm going to try Insurgent but the reviews make me hesitant. It sounds like everything that I didn't like about Divergent is magnified in Insurgent. The constant self doubt and insecurity of the main character. The awkward teen love story. The poorly written narration that makes it impossible to tell whether Triss is talking to herself or to someone else.
It was pretty good. The narrator's voice sets the tone to vulnerable and young, but at times is just too helpless and sad. i'm new to listening to books, so it may just be me or all of the hype about the movie. It is a good story, but not too complex. For younger readers/teens.
she does a good job switching between the voices of the main character and others' voices.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
For some reason this book just hit a chord with me, and I'm not even sure why. The factions don't really make a whole lot of sense, neither do the motivations of many of the characters. But I guess I just liked the trials and tribulations of the main characters, and the idea of a "Dauntless" gang/cult. It has a lot of "Hunger Games" in it, if that helps. For those that have seen the movie, the movie is fairly faithful to the book, but you'll just learn a lot more about the characters in the book, and there were some significant differences in the movie to streamline the plot. Otherwise though, if you liked the movie, you really should read/listen to this book.
Could not stop listening to this book! Very fast paced and interesting story. Look forward t the second book :)
The author has me cheering for the divergent people. Not just the divergent characters in the book, but also their beliefs and their commitment to protect the other factions from misconceptions of the Faction System.
Just one! ummmmm.
Donald Spoto's Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint.
Joan chose to follow her desire to know who SHE was. Even though she went against the status quo of her people, era and the governing religious leaders.
Theo James as Four.
A good read/listen but, not really. I enjoyed the story and want to read/listen to all the books in the series. I have recommended Divergent to many. And, I am waiting for my next credit to download Insurgent.
My extreme reaction came when I saw the movie. I was VERY disappointed in the movie.
I hope the author continues to keep me interested.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
Hmm, where to start as they say. So the beginning it is. Divergent was an enjoyable and entertaining audiobook in which I quite enjoyed. Trice is a character you start to root for from the moment the story begins. The world, or at least Chicago, is divided into factions and each faction as it own trait and when you turn sixteen you have to choose to stay in your faction or move to another faction, thus leaving your family for the rest of your life, because its faction before blood. But something goes wrong when Trice enters the aptitude test and she hears the word divergent for the first but last time. As the story progresses we get a glimpse of some of the differences in the factions and how they are living by meeting the "transfers" to Dauntless, the crazy and warlike, faction. Trice can see she fits in here but she could also be happy elsewhere, thus she is a divergent, and she is starting to think her instructor, and soon-to-be boyfriend, may be one to. But what is a divergent and why is everyone so secretive about it.
Now jumping to the end...
Trice has just completed her initiation and is given one final injection to become a member in Dauntless. It's a new injection, a tracker, just provided to Dauntless by another faction, Erudite-which has been stirring discontent against her old faction (Abnegation) and her father as a leader, to help Dauntless in case a member goes missing which according to one of the Dauntless leader, Eric, rarely happens any ways. But that night Trice awakes to watch her friends, boyfriend, and other faction members turn into walking robots who attack her former faction. But Trice and Four (Tibas) are divergent so they are immune to the mind controlling transmitters that were just injected into all of the members of Dauntless. So begins the battle for the future...
The writing was great and the character development was wonderful, even to for characters that die before the end of the book. As I was listening to this book I wanted to compare it to Hunger Games, but even though they are same genre that is really for me where the sameness ends. I look forward to the next book of the series and have my fingers crossed the greatness continues.
I could clearly see what was going on in the story as well as what everyone was feeling. Emma Galvin is a phenomenal narrator. I highly recommend this book. I am continuing on to book 2 "The Insurgent"
I wouldn't consider the audio edition better or worse, it's all a matter of preference and situation whether one reads or listens. I find I get through a book faster if I listen to it because I can multi-task. Depending on the narrator sometimes it's more enjoyable to read.
Hunger Games - young adult heroes and storyline set in the future.
Beatrice/Triss was the main character and you grow to care about her and her survival skills.
If you enjoyed Hunger Games and Twilight you will like the Divergent series.
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