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)
No, story pulled me along out of curiosity of what would happen next so, I don't think I'd have the interest to listen to it again now that I know.
Fast paced and not always predictable.
They did make it a film.
Definitely for the young teenager, me being a little older I was a bit annoyed by the love connection it felt very high school to me.
heck yes, and I don't usually reread anything ever, it sucked me in and left me wanting to go through it again and again
it captivated me the author did an amazing job making the characters not only real but like I actually knew them
no I have not, though I hope to in the future as in I hope the next book is as captivating as the first
ye I laughed and cried and enjoyed every moment of it
Far too much of this novel focused on the budding romance and sexuality of the heroes. Kiddy romance was too much.
The construct of the novel is interesting. The focus on only two of the groups minimized the influence of the others.
The 16-year-old sexual tension.
Without giving away too much of the story, Divergent is a story about a remarkable girl, who doesn’t really fit in to the family and environment where she is raised. Then comes the test that will offer her a new life. Of course this takes place in a dystopia where everything is not as it seems. Some of her fellow classmate become her enemies, and people you’d expect to be her enemies become her friends and allies. Adventure ensues, until the end which sets you up for more books.
It feels like the author is reaching desperately for Harry Potter, Enders Game, or the Hunger Games but falls short. There are moments in the book where I did get carried away with the story, but unfortunately they are not frequent or enduring enough to sustain the grandness that the author strives for. She has only a few sentences that hint a larger, darker and more troubling story to be told, but I don’t feel she gets to it. Perhaps she is leaving for the next books, but I won’t ever know because I don’t plan on reading them.
I will say the book is entertaining and I didn’t have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn’t finding excuses to drive a little further or run an extra mile just to find out what is next.
The story has a very strong female character with a little bit of romance for women that are into science fiction. I enjoyed the story and look forward to starting on the second one.
Introverted, educated, research nerd. Mostly sticks to fiction, and pretty happy with the decision.
Fear landscapes are an awesome concept. There's a lot of unique humanity-technology mashups in this story.
Emma's voice has a gritty quality to it that distinguishes Tris from other teen reading heroines; she's a lot less whiny, more decisive, and asks better questions. The narrator's job is to convey that, and Emma Glavin nails it.
No; this is why it gets only 4 stars for story instead of 5. I like for books to really arrest me, and although I did keep listening, I never felt wholly transported into the world.
I love, love, LOVE that this story does not involve a love triangle. So refreshing.
Divergent isn't my favorite book I've listened to, but it's definitely worth listening to.
This shares many of the things that draw you to The Hunger Games, but the book is written to the target audience a little better. It definitely feels like it's meant for a mature teen in the initial storyline and monologs, but the scenes and action are less reserved and compassionate.
She does a decent job of captivating the emotion, fear, selflessness, and courage that the main character is experiencing internally.
At first, no, I wasn't drawn in enough for a single sitting listen. However, by the time of the testing, I was hooked and looked for every chance to continue the story further. When it picks up pace and interest, it will reel you in!
I'm excited to see this movie now that I've listed to the book. Unless they completely botch this story on film, it's going to be awesome!
While the plot could have been interesting, the writing was immature, the characters were not developed well, and, even in a fictional world, it is important to make the story believable. Finally, the teenage romance was obnoxious and annoying. The romance was important, yes, but the amount of the story spent on it was ridiculous and the development was childish. In addition, it was obvious that the main character was divergent early on, yet she wasn't discovered until the end of training? Not believable at all. The story was, quite Twilightish. Yes, it was written for a teenage audience, but then, so was Harry Potter, which turned out to be enjoyable for any and every age.
The plot itself, if developed and written well, could have been very interesting!
I already have! to many friends, and they have loved it too!
I've read the whole series now and it just gets better and better - it's intelligent, gripping and there's not even a hint f a love triangle!
I've only listened to the three Divergent books (I was lucky to get in before they stopped selling to Australia) and all three are excellent - I actually just bought Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles because of Emma Galvin's narration
Throughout the trilogy there was both laughter and tears but I won't give any spoilers
Don't go in expecting it to be the same as The Hunger Games. If, however, you like dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games and Marie Lu's Legend series you will definitely like the Divergent series.
English is not my mother tongue but I speak quite well because of the experience I have of the language.
I think I caught enough detail in one listen
Trish's fear of intimacy was funny
I don't think I have
It's a young people's book. There is a movie coming out too... It's sort of funny but so much violence I don't know...
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