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)
Hunger Games - Set in a future time with similar type of restrictions on society
Simulation in stage 2
Quick, thought-provoking, pulls you in
The discovery of hidden identities
Capture the flag, the uniqueness of Trice
I love the mother
Toward the top. I thought the narrator did a good job.
When she decided which Faction to go to.
Yes. She didn't overdo it like most narrators do.
No extreme reaction.
The main character was young and impressionable, The book as a slow start but once it gets going hold on for dear life.
Aragon, like the girl in this book he has to come of age quickly in an odd world.
She make the characters come alive and seam very real.
All and more. The bad guys I wanted to beat their heads in with a bat.
Divergent is yet another story in the dystopian style of teen novel. I found it less interesting that some of its competitors into that genre, but I was STILL thoroughly engrossed. The characters are well fleshed out and the plot moves along with a few nice surprises. The narrator on this project is very compelling and distinguishes herself from other teen novel voice talents. Despite the flooded market of dark-world novels, Divergent makes for a good listen--especially if you listen for long stretches.And yes, I'm already in line for the sequel.
I would have liked a little more blurring of the good guys and bad guys. I didn't completely buy the all-bad aspects of the antagonist. What made him so despicable?
Absolutely. She has quite a different timbre to her voice which distinguishes her from other readers.
Yes, but if they don't hurry, this genre will be "so last year." It's a crowded field out there.
Yes, I would enjoy listening again to pick up any little nuances I missed in the previous listening.
I loved the "Hunger Games" trilogy and was looking for something similar when I found this series.
Jumping off the building into the hole
The story provides new meaning to the caste system and stereotyping that modern day society has.
Constant action! After being a huge Clive Cussler fan for years this book ranks right up there with the best of them.
Triss - Duh!
No but I wish I could have!
As a 40 year old man I bought this only because my 16 year old daughter loved it and it was on sale at the time. I couldn't wait to get back to this book each time. It really kept my interest and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Intriguing dystopian world.
The world that Roth built - and the Chicago setting.
She has a nice, smooth reading voice.
My only problem with the audio version of this book is that some parts may have "sounded" better on the page than read aloud (not due to any fault of the narrator - more that they just weren't that well-written) and I would have been able to skim over the more annoying angsty-teenager sections when they appeared. However, having lived in Chicago, I enjoyed the descriptions of the future of the city. I also found the setup of the different factions intriguing and a good social commentary (Though sometimes the characters didn't stay true to themselves - unless that was part of the author's intent? That everyone is divergent?). The main part that made me wish I could fast-forward at times was when too much teen romance kicked in, but overall, well worth a read for those who enjoy YA dystopian fiction.
Sort of Hunger Games-ish, in that you have a teenage girl living in a dystopia, rising above the turmoil to take a stand.
Narration was excellent. Glad to see she narrated the next book in the series as well.
Bought this book during a sale, based on other ratings and loved it. Immediately got the next one. I'm also going to have my daughters listen to it.
30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.
Ok, so the above headline is a compliment. Other than the rather heavy use of the word "cheeks" indicating those on one's face, this was an awesome book! I am looking forward to the next two in the series! :)
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