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 is a fun and interesting enough book. Definitely intended for young adults, but if you like Hunger Games, for the story, then you should like this book.
Definitely, from the beginning to the end I could not stop listening.
The factor initiation.
No, but she was an excellent narrator.
In love with audio books!
Enticing grabbing deep
when Tris went through Tobias's fear landscape with him and help him through it; the fairest wheel; the jumping out of the building at dauntless initiation.
nd when Tris fights Tobias in the attack simulation and resists to shoot him and he finally remembers her.
Outstanding! Full of depth while it is still a love story. I loved every moment of it.
I wish it didn't talk about throwing up as much...seemed like every few minutes or so the girl is throwing up or tasting bile, or feeling sick, vomiting or tasting her own vomit. Too much vomit.
In all, i'm glad I listened to the audio version. I've listened to a lot of bad performance audio books and this wasn't one of them. A+ I didn't care for the story much though and that is probably just because it wasn't written with my demographic in mind.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
this book is very suspenseful and it has excellent timing. its filled with descriptions in great detail.
i really can say my favorite character is four because there's a lot secret's still left to unfold.
Emma Galvin is a fantastic reader. She reads all the parts in the dramatic detail the book is written.
absolutely, couldn't stop listening once i began.
i wish Emma Galvin would read more books.
Everyone has been gushing over this novel for quite a while, but I was a bit apprehensive to read it. Everyone told me it was a lot like The Hunger Games, which I wasn't a huge fan of. Boy, was I silly to wait so long to read this novel; it was amazing.
Tris was the heroine we all love to read about. She's fierce, tough, completely kick-butt, yet at the same time she shows some vulnerability. She wants to find her place in life, and she's willing to risk everything to take that chance.
Four is scary and yet completely sexy. How come the nice boy-next-door is never the sexy one? It's always the silent, completely deadly, mentor type that gets our blood boiling. Well, whatever your type is Four is sure to fit it. I loved Four's story. You won't learn the whole picture until the end of the novel but he is one of those people who will capture your heart and make you fiercely protective of.
Veronica Roth spun a dangerous and corrupt new world. It's intriguing, frightening and completely captivating. I read this very long book in one sitting...yes it's that good. The writing keeps you wanting more and more you will be wanting. Good thing there is a sequel coming out next year.
I can't say this book is comparable to The Hunger Games series. This book was okay, but I was not enthralled listening to this book. It didn't make me want to jump up and read the next one. The last three-fourths of the book were the best. I will listen to the next one, but it is still not as good as The Hunger Games!
As an adult, I find myself reading more and more young adult books for a fresh perspective on strong female characters. Tris does not disappoint!
Of course this series is comparable to The Hunger Games and a little bit The Mortal Instruments. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games... I LOVED Divergent.
Emma's voice captivated me from the start. A quiet, forceful voice the sends shivers up my spine, tears to my eyes, and longing in my heart. I'm definitely going to look for other books she narrates.
Absolutely! I have the terrible habit of flipping to the last page of a book to see what happens. Can't really do that with an audio book. It was 2:00 in the morning when I finished Divergent and I immediately poured another cup of coffee and began listening to the second book of the trilogy... Insurgent.
I'm a new audible customer. I purchased the Divergent trilogy because of the 25% off sale and I can't tell you how happy I am with the purchase. I've told many people about the book and the narrator and hope to get more people to envelope themselves in Tris's world!
the story was so well written.. Roth drew me in from the first paragraph and kept me mesmorized till the last.
the dystopian world Roth created
When Al tried to apologized for almost killing Tris. Galvin narrated to emotions of the scene perfectly.
Loved the whole series and highly recommend. Galvin was perfect as narrator. If you like Galvin try Kresley Cole "Poison Princess" also a Dystopian world and Galvin is great.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
An interesting idea but I feel like I was watching an episode of Dawson's Creek. I have never seen an episode of Dawson's Creek but I imagine it would be something like this in a Utopian setting... Really I couldn't finish it. Sad because I really enjoyed the Hunger Games and was looking forward to something as good.
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