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Divergent | [Veronica Roth]

Divergent

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.
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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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    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 03-17-13
    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

    24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.

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    "Divergent: A Dystopian Delight"

    Divergent launched me into the world of audio books with it's exciting, fast-paced narration, imaginatively likable characters and subtle humor. If you like themes of dystopian futures, action packed plots, and a hint of romance, this book will be right up your alley.

    While Divergent is similar to that of the Hunger Games (and The Giver, as well) in its overall themes, it doesn't ever feel like a copycat or knockoff. The characters have their own personalities, each that stick with you even when you aren't reading the book. I didn't ever want to stop listening, as Emma Galvin did a phenomenal job bringing a voice to the novel that I could never have done.

    I seriously enjoyed this book--and plan on following this series to its completion!

    Plot Synopsis:

    Remaining true to the dystopian theme; Chicago is no longer the thriving, windy city we have come to know and love. Instead, it is divided into five separate "factions," each with a completely different characteristic that defines them.

    Abnegation: The Selfless
    Amity: The Peaceful
    Candor: The Honest
    Dauntless: The Brave
    Erudite: The Intelligent

    Divergent takes flight as the leading character Beatrice (aka Tris) faces the prospect of initiation, in which she must choose whether to remain in her faction, Abnegation, or transfer to one of the other four factions.

    Abnegation has never felt truly like her home, as she feels that she cannot honestly consider herself a selfless person. Yet, if she leaves, she must leave her family behind for good and risk unhappiness in a new faction--or worse, be named factionless.

    Amid the process of initiation, she, among the other initiates, takes a placement test that is meant to help guide her to the faction that fits her personality best.The test is meant for one, and only one, result. When Tris is informed her results are inconclusive and she is therefore "Divergent," she finds herself in a dangerous situation. To be Divergent in this world is unspeakable and would result in her extermination. Tris realizes she must do whatever she can to keep people from knowing the truth about her.

    When she chooses a faction that is not Abnigation, she is thrust into an unknown world where her only objective is to survive. Little does she know how truly hard that will be...

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-17-13
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A popular read for a good reason."

    I have chosen a few books that had gained rave reviews and I was disappointed and left wondering if I had read the same books they were cheering about...this one however did live up to the Hype for me. It did remind me somewhat of Hunger Games, another of my favorites, in tone and it involved teenagers living in a desparate world and making extreme choices with maturity and courage.

    My own children are older than the ones here and this ole lady still liked it. I was entertainted and drawn into the story very easily. I look forward to reading this entire trilogy and would suggest it for others, teen to adult.

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    alicia Bluffdale, UT, USA 03-11-13
    alicia Bluffdale, UT, USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    This was an exciting story that kept me wanting more. I was so bummed when the story ended.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Good voices.


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    Becca Stuart, FL, United States 03-11-13
    Becca Stuart, FL, United States 03-11-13
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    "Good Listen"

    Good, easy listen. Keeps you interested but nothing something I wanted to finish in 1 day. Worthwhile buy

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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-08-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "not extraordinary"

    Typically I am a big fan of dystopia books, so I thought I would try this one.

    As a 21 year old, I may just be older than the target market, but generally I enjoy young adult titles. The first half of the book was very slow going for me, and I had to really push myself to finish it.

    About sometime midpoint through the story I did start getting more into it, but I dont think Roth does that good of a job of character development. The main character is very predictable and you don't really get a true feel for any of the other ones.

    While I would like to know what ends up happening in the next book, unfortunately I don't think I will be continuing the series.

    While this particular dystopia story was unique.. it was almost too reminiscent of Hunger Games (which are similar, but better books) and The Giver-- kind of mixed together.

    Personally I like to read books that intrigue me on a deep level, make me question my surroundings, help me grow or see a new perspective. I can't really say this book did any of those for me.

    However, as I said before, it could just be that this book is too juvenile for my age, and that given the correct reader it would be a hit!

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    Amazon Customer 03-07-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I love books. Tall books, short books, skinny books and fat books....as long as it's a captivating story with interesting characters I'm in. And whenever I hear the Audible guy go "This is Audible" I get excited for my next adventure! See? Total nerd. :)

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    "An Awesome Series!"

    I'm always very tentative when it comes to purchasing new audiobooks or starting a new series, but good lord I'm glad I downloaded this one! After reading The Hunger Games I thought that Divergent would be "just ok" and "a good copy" and that I'd listen to it and that would be it, but I've listened to it multiple times....and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great audiobook!

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    E. Crowley Phoenix, AZ USA 03-06-13
    E. Crowley Phoenix, AZ USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2013

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    "One of the best YA books I've ever listened to"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been an audiobook listener for years, I won't say how many but let's just say they were on cassette tapes when I started. Divergent is one of the best books I've listened to in years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beatrice is a strong interesting character who I found myself rooting for. The supporting characters are just as good and keep the sub plot moving along.


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

    Emma Galvin brings all the excitement and emotion to the story that is necessary to drag you into and never let you up for air.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing trilogy and I can't wait for the third and final Divergent book to come out this fall.

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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 03-05-13
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting Futuristic Story"

    Divergent is compared to Hungar Games because both story lines involve a changed universe, both have a teen heroine and a love story. And if you enjoyed Hungar Games, you will probably also enjoy Divergent.

    It's an enjoyable story line that certainly captures one's attention but it is also fast writing. The fast writing leaves details missing and causes some jumping from one part to another part of the story without a complete resolution.

    I'm a senior, not a YA, but still enjoyed the story and thought process behind it. I would prefer a more clean version that tied up loose ends, didn't hop about so much and provided more depth.

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    Farrell 03-05-13
    Farrell 03-05-13
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    "Interesting Universe"

    Wasn't expecting a lot but was pleasantly surprised. Interesting universe, got caught up in the story quickly and it held my interest throughout. On to the next......

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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "I didnt hate it...the ending saved it for me...."
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, long, scary


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    I really only liked the last part of this book...this story could have been told in a shorter tale....but I bet #2 is going to be really good...


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

    I am not fond of Emma Galvin's narration style....but its not bad...I will say Tris...


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

    Mom to the rescue...very sad...


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure I would want to continue on with this series until the ending 3 hours of this book...it is very drawn out...and this is a ridiculous society...if this ever really happened to us, we would be in big trouble....gave the book 4 stars, but really feel its 3.5....I do feel book 2 will be great!

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