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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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    Brenda PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 05-02-13
    Brenda PORT HUENEME, CA, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just awesome!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 5! Just buy the books, listen and then cry. ...since the 3rd book isn't out yet.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandra Costa Rica 04-08-13
    Alejandra Costa Rica 04-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it, another great young adult series"
    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Divergent series goes quite along in the line of The Hunger Games and Delirium, post apocaliptic society with a strong female character telling the story, pretty much those are all the similarities those 3 series have. But at least for me, a 33 year old that did not have this kind of books in my teens, is all I need to take the leap and try it, I have to say had no regrest from getting it and as I have done with The Hunger Game series, I will listed more than once, because every time there's new things to find in it.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galving is amazing in transmiting the emotions and feelings the book builds with the story. I have always love reading becauses of how my imagination creates images from the text, and both Veronica with the story and Emma narrating it made me feel those images even more real.


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

    I listened this book and the second one, Insurgent, in about two days each, every moment I had both at home and at work, just wanted to know what came next and now I'm waiting for the 3th, supposedly to be release on October this year.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the book for all of those who like a good and new story, with all the hand-holding and love story in it, makes a great entertainment and enjoyable time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Boston, MA, United States 04-06-13
    Audrey Boston, MA, United States 04-06-13
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    "Excellent Concept, Disappointing Execution"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characterizations should have been more consistent (particularly the protagonist Tris). Her personality seemed to change several times throughout the novel. This was not a gradual progressive type of change that is often part of a protagonists journey (although that was there as well) but seemed as if the author did not have a strong conception of who she wanted her main character to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was unique and fast-paced making the book fly by.


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

    Her performance makes it more obvious that the protagonist is still a teenager. Many times the actions of teenage characters unreasonable, but this is because I am reading it as an adult. Her performance brought me closer to the mind set I had as a teenager. Her performance was engaging and I really enjoyed listening to her voice.


    Do you think Divergent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It seemed as if the plot moved too slowly at the beginning and far too quickly near the end. I feel that the arc of this book should have been slightly changed allowing for a smoother transition to another book. There should be a follow up book because Veronica Roth created a very interesting world which leaves a lot to be explored.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gift United States 04-03-13
    Gift United States 04-03-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    Great line that stuck with me : "Those that seek peace above all else will deceive to keep the water calm."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-01-13
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Diverges from games"

    Ah... A dystopian novel with a female teenaged protagonist, told in the first person. Surely a "Hunger Games" copy-cat knockoff, right? Nope. Fresh and original. Great story and Emma Gavin performs her first person narrator heroin beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cori Placentia, CA, United States 03-29-13
    Cori Placentia, CA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hunger Games WATCH OUT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. The story is captivating and the theme compelling. This book offers the thrill of the Hunger Games with the depth of The Giver. Excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am always a fan of futuristic science fiction/fantasy. I found the story fluid and unpredictable in many points. The characters are very archetypical, which makes it really fun and easy for the reader to love and identify with them.


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

    YES! If you can say that you can't put down a recording in the same way you can for a book, then I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    For parents screening material for adolescent children, this book is written with many mature themes. And the content has references to sex and depictions of violence. It is my understanding that the movie version is intended for release in spring of 2014 and your child may want to read the book first. But in my opinion, this book is not suitable for younger readers. Definitely best for 14+ (not that some younger kiddos couldn't handle the content ). I would recommend that you read/listen first and make an informed decision. For parents of teens, I would definitely recommend the read. This book is not only exciting and adventurous, it's a though provoker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Mansfield, Australia 03-28-13
    Lynette Mansfield, Australia 03-28-13
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    "AMAZING!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    My favorite moment was on the ferris wheel with four and you start to realise what is going on


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

    Four!!


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

    Made me laugh, cry and stop breathing in anticipation


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book i have read in years and now i am listening to it for the third time and loving every second!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-27-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-27-13
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    "Good but not quite Hunger Games"

    This is a good book, and the premise of the dystopia makes for a really interesting story. However, it feels a little like this book was written to replicate the Hunger Games' success and although it's good, I didn't find it quite as engaging in terms of the caliber of the story. I won't be listening to others in the series, though the book was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaux 03-24-13
    Margaux 03-24-13 Member Since 2014

    Taking recommendations!

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    "Darker version of Hunger Games."
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. The writer really paints a picture of this different world they live in. Very interesting idea about dividing people from their personalities. Good fun book! A little dark at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charro chicago, IL, United States 03-23-13
    charro chicago, IL, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "love it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    God yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    All of it


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

    Tirs


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think i would like this book at first but now it's better than twilight. And the hunger games books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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