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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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    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 03-20-14
    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2016

    if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!

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    "soft story is too unbelievable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like listening to stories, no matter how far-fetched they are. in the end its a quick listen that I could have done without.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a friend tells me book two gets much better. but instead I might get into book 2 of the passage trilogy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration did well. some bad writing in parts made her reading awkward. (badly written sentences)


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    no...


    Any additional comments?

    its hard to look past the broad strokes this story painted over all the how's and why's for this society's becoming. basis human tendencies don't allow this type of thing to happen and make it very hard to believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arleisha Nevada, USA 03-20-14
    Arleisha Nevada, USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to read. I enjoy Jane Austen, and more.

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    "Listen! You won't regret it. I sure didn't!"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    This book is exciting, adventurous and daring. Never a dull moment!


    What did you like best about this story?

    At the beginning of the book you are given a description of the factions in this dystopian Chicago society : Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless ( heroic) , Erudite ( knowledge) , Amity ( peaceful) and Candor ( honesty). You are drawn in by the fact that every 16 year old has to take a test to see which faction they belong in, and then they have to choose which faction they will join. This choice allows for you to be identified by one characteristic of your personality! Impossible....but this is the world that Beatrice Prior lives in. How can you choose and once you choose how will this choice effect your life. How can any person be just one thing? Brilliant!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma's performance was believable, she pulled me into Tris's world. Her voice was perfect. Truly enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    Take a listen, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14
    rebecca maryville, TN, United States 03-18-14
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    "Quick-packed, engaging, exciting, but predictable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this book and found myself looking for opportunities to listen more. Fast pace, lots of action, and juvenile character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when Tris was climbing the ferris wheel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    action packed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Cottage Grove, OR, United States 03-18-14
    Katrina Cottage Grove, OR, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Narrator!!!!"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes, I plan to listen again. Probably after I see the movie. It was an excellent story told by a superb storyteller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The ferris wheel, or maybe the zip line, or the choosing ceremony. No wait, when Tris discovers why Tobias is called Four.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Gavin is amazing! I wish she had been the narrator for "The Hunger Games". She puts emotion and drama into her narration. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who do you want to be?


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor, and listen!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-14-14
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It's no Hunger Games"

    I think this book was meant to attract the young reader through creating a story similar to Hunger Games. It doesn't work. Too many things just don't work. I managed to make it through the first book but quit half way through the second. Perhaps watching the movie first will help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-13-14
    Richard Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2017

    Santa Fe

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    "Meh . . ."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, as there are better ones out there. This is more about being an awkward teenager than a cool story line. It was read fairly well, just didn't do it for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Pleasant Garden, NC, United States 03-13-14
    Debbie Pleasant Garden, NC, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent series."
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy getting new bits of the story the second time around.
    I was upset with how unnecessary it was to kill off so many of the main
    Characters. I was also let down by the end, I won't spoil it for those that
    Haven't read it yet. However it could easily have ended differently and
    Still been great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That they took the time to develop all the characters, and I really
    Did like the premise of the book.


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

    She did an excellent job as a narrator, I never got tired
    Of her quirky voice, it gave it an honesty and emotional impact
    That wouldn't have been in a regular book. I also appreciated that they
    Didn't go overboard with the physical relationship between her n four.
    For being a YA it was fairly clean.


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

    No I wanted to stretch it out, instead of rushing thru it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very happy to see YA books w/o vampires or werewolves. Those
    Plots have really been overdone n I'm not into those.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Klay WICHITA, KS, United States 03-13-14
    Klay WICHITA, KS, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "NOT ANOTHER HUNGER GAMES"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    Emma Galvin does a wonderful job narrating, she has an enjoyable voice to listen to and tells the story nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the overall plot, but mostly the setting. 5 Factions in the remains of the city of Chicago. Each of the 5 Factions symbolizing a different character traits. Veronica Roth has an imagination like none other that entices me in her story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes while Tris is in her fear landscape, or Tobias (Four) takes her in his


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Learning to survive was never like this


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read the Hunger Games, you'll love this book. If you haven't read the Hunger Games....you'll still love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katholish Virginia 03-13-14
    Katholish Virginia 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent start, poor finish"

    The concept of the 5 factions is rich and fascinating, if perhaps not fully developed in the first book. The first half of the book absolutely grabbed my attention, but then it started to turn into a sorry excuse of a teen romance novel, and it seemed that all attention to story line outside of the love interest took a backseat. The climactic events toward the end were completely unbelievable given the prior development and seemed to come from no where in particular.

    I really wanted to like it, and I did at first, but ended up being sorely disappointed. Even so, I have to give at least 3 stars because the beginning was indeed very good.

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    Richard 03-08-14
    Richard 03-08-14
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    "Riveting except a bit too much teen romance"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes. This story grabs you and has you constantly wondering what's next. It gets sappy in spots as the teen girl's internal romantic monologues last about 4 times too long. It would have been five stars without those. Even with those I enjoyed the book tremendously.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reminded me a bit of Hunger Games with a dash of Ender's Game. Sprinkled in was some silly romance, like I imagine would be in those Twilight books. So, if you like those you'll probably love this.


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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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