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)
This book was great, Veronica Roth has obviously spent a lot of time figuring out how the society is organized and how the different factions interact with each other. Tris was an interesting heroine, and I liked how she embraces her new faction and overcomes her small stature and puritan upbringing to earn her place with the Dauntless. She shows herself to be intelligent, resourceful and able to adapt in different situations; as well as showing leadership skills and loyalty to her friends and family. She shows her teenage girl side and weaknesses, and struggles to deal with them and keeping them hidden while earning acceptance. I could not wait for the second book to come out after I finished this book, and now I am waiting for the third book; this story definitely has me hooked!
This is in my top 5. It was suggested by a friend after I finished the Hunger Games series and it hasn't disappointed me. I am looking forward to the next book.
I love the main character (Tris). She has this Katniss feel about her, but she is her own person, smarter. The story puts her into good situations.
At first I thought this was one of the voices from The Help. Emma's voice is good. The only thing I would like to see it different voices from each character.
Tris falling for Four and finding out about where her mother came from.
I think the book is great. I am really happy I got into the series.
Great book. If you liked Hunger Games, you will LOVE Divergent. It is not the same story by any sense, however, it does deal with a teenage girl in some sort of post apocalyptic american society. Not only is the main character learning about herself it makes you think more about your life and how you deal with your own fears and uncomfortable situations. I like books that make you think further than the story.Even though I am in my 30s, I loved and could identify with this book. Well done Ms. Roth.
It's pretty much about Triss and Four right? Who else could you pick?
There is a lot to be said for a young sounding female voice being used to voice a young female character. Galvin did a really good job I thought. I did struggle with following some of the conversations though. Sometimes her voices for the characters sounded similar.
I got this because it had some interesting comparisons with books I liked, specifically Enders Game, and the Hunger Games. I'm thinking I don't really agree with those comparisons but this was also a good story.
Young, predictable, limited
Mom showing up
"If you liked the hunger games, you'll probably like this...should be more to this book.
This book isn't bad...but it's missing some of the meat that would take this from "tween reader" to "adult reader"
I did not read the print version but ism thoroughly enjoying the audio book.
The first kiss after her fear simulation. It was hot
Her ability to add sarcasm and tone to the dialect. Very well,done
I recommend it but hang in there when you are starting it. It get less confusing the more read and then it gets kindavsexynand romantic, which I love
After reading countless extremely positive reviews, I was expecting literary gold, but discovered, much to my disappointment, only bronze. Divergent is simply too predictable, and the protagonist too ignorant, for it to be entirely entertaining. I found myself continually frustrated with the main character for her decidedly annoying bipolarity and seemingly oblivious understanding of the world around her. Too much of the book is spent on tedious romantic relationships, and her perpetual internal struggle to discover her identity. I can generally suspend disbelief quite easily, but this book required leaps I wasn't willing to take. Roth relies heavily on unlikely plot devices to propel the story line. By the end, I was so aggravated by the countless plot holes and ridiculous circumstances, that I could barely enjoy the climax. All that being said, the book has its enjoyable moments. They were just too few and far between.
I liked this a lot, it really kept me listening, and hating when it was time turn it off and go into work.....I hope there is a sequel left me wanting more, wanting to know more about Triss...and what will her life become..... interesting ideas about what government could be like.....I would have liked to have had it read with different voices for each person...but it was still very enjoyable to listen to, very much along the same lines as Hunger Games but then again not....very good... i promise you won't be disappointed!
Veronica Roth is an excellent writer, love the story. Reminded me of a bit of Hunger Games but very different. Main character is very likable. Once you get all the different fractions/regions is easier to understand. Looking forward to the next book in the series and the relationship with Six continue.
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