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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    MLeigh32 Camp Verde,AZ 01-04-13
    MLeigh32 Camp Verde,AZ 01-04-13
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    "Couldn't Put It Down"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    The writing/story


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games - Set in a future time with similar type of restrictions on society


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Simulation in stage 2


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    Meg 01-04-13
    Meg 01-04-13
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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Quick, thought-provoking, pulls you in


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The discovery of hidden identities


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Capture the flag, the uniqueness of Trice


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

    I love the mother


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Appleton, WI, United States 01-03-13
    Barbara Appleton, WI, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top. I thought the narrator did a good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    When she decided which Faction to go to.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Yes. She didn't overdo it like most narrators do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john lufkin, TX, United States 01-03-13
    john lufkin, TX, United States 01-03-13
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    "Train ride to crazy town."
    What did you love best about Divergent?

    The main character was young and impressionable, The book as a slow start but once it gets going hold on for dear life.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Aragon, like the girl in this book he has to come of age quickly in an odd world.


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

    She make the characters come alive and seam very real.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All and more. The bad guys I wanted to beat their heads in with a bat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg TULSA, OK, United States 01-03-13
    Greg TULSA, OK, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Jump on the bandwagon"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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?


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

    Absolutely. She has quite a different timbre to her voice which distinguishes her from other readers.


    Could you see Divergent being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, but if they don't hurry, this genre will be "so last year." It's a crowded field out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dyan Jackpot, NV, United States 01-02-13
    Dyan Jackpot, NV, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, Quick, and Interesting"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes, I would enjoy listening again to pick up any little nuances I missed in the previous listening.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    I loved the "Hunger Games" trilogy and was looking for something similar when I found this series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jumping off the building into the hole


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

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    The story provides new meaning to the caste system and stereotyping that modern day society has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin Hallman St. George, UT United States 01-02-13
    Darrin Hallman St. George, UT United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW - I was surprised"
    What did you love best about Divergent?

    Constant action! After being a huge Clive Cussler fan for years this book ranks right up there with the best of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Triss - Duh!


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!


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

    No but I wish I could have!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jamie Carpenter Bushnell, NE 01-02-13
    Jamie Carpenter Bushnell, NE 01-02-13
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    "Engaging Story"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing dystopian world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world that Roth built - and the Chicago setting.


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

    She has a nice, smooth reading voice.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Angola, NY, United States 01-02-13
    Kathleen Angola, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A pleasant surprise"
    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Sort of Hunger Games-ish, in that you have a teenage girl living in a dystopia, rising above the turmoil to take a stand.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Narration was excellent. Glad to see she narrated the next book in the series as well.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allyn B Jacobs Des Plaines, IL United States 01-02-13
    Allyn B Jacobs Des Plaines, IL United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015

    30+ IT/Geek Male. Used to read lots, but now the "reading" is best done via audible.

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    "I didn't know this was even a "kids book"!!"

    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! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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