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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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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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    Mark SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 08-31-12
    Mark SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, suspenseful, imaginative


    What did you like best about this story?

    The style and thoughfulness of the author are what I enjoyed most. The flow and pace are in the goldilocks range...not too fast, not too slow. Simple, tidy style allows for plenty of the readers imagination to paint the pictures that the author describes.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listened to her before, but I will look for her specifically in the future. She did an excellent job


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

    The destroyer of mankind....MAN.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy listen, nice imagery, great writing style and terrific audio performance. not too heavy, but definitely thought-provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chantale Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-28-12
    Chantale Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-28-12
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    "quick excellent read."
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    yes, it's very good. Good story, well written. Enjoyed the concepts of different factions which children have to choose based on their skills.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    finding out about the different factions.


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

    Good voice interesting to listen to.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

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    Stella 08-27-12
    Stella 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable but entertaining"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It was different although predictacble. It has political overtones that are very basic and will suit young readers.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Beatrice's spunk


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    It does give one food for thought.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator gave a clear performance. Easy to understand.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A little slow at times

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    Jane United States 08-26-12
    Jane United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and good listen for young people"

    I listen to this book on advice from my 12 year old niece. (She has already finished book 2 and can't wait for 3!). Good story, but reminded me a lot of Hunger Games, so if you liked that, you'll like this.

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    M. H. 08-23-12
    M. H. 08-23-12
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    "Amazing!"

    Great story! Highly recommend for both teens and adults! Can't wait for the third book in the trilogy!

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    Linsey 08-23-12
    Linsey 08-23-12
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    "Fun! Fast! Interesting!"

    This is a fast pace story, beautifully performed, thought provoking and exciting. Ms Roth plunges you into the divergent's world quickly yet thoroughly. Ms Gavin's narration is flawless and never annoying like so many young sounding narrators can be. I was hooked in the first two minutes, and never lost interest. The story's scope is so much greater than I expected, pulling you in, preparing you for the sequel and leaving you wanting more.

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    BritRuth 08-22-12
    BritRuth 08-22-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Couldn't "put it down""
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    If you like the Hunger Games... you'll LOVE this. Can't wait for the next book to come out!


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    summer Beale AFB, ca, United States 08-21-12
    summer Beale AFB, ca, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ibwould recommend this because the story is so well told. Veronica Roth did an amazing job bring long the characters to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Tori. I love how she helps Tria at the beginning and becomes somewhat of a big sister to her.


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

    It brought out some anger about the way the world was being ran in this world and it definitely affected me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-19-12
    Lorna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You'll Love It!"

    I came across this title after I finished the Hunger Games series and I was hesitant to get it, despite the rave reviews because I just didn't believe any YA novel could live up to that series. I was wrong! Though totally different from the Hunger Games, Divergent is just as wonderful. The romance in this novel is amazing, the story is amazing, and the writing is equally so. It's very poignant and the characters are wonderful. The world the author has created is incredible. Veronica Roth has a truely unique mind. I started listening to this book with very little expectations, but after the first few chapters I was loving it. The narator does an excellant job, she's very easy to listen to. If you like dystopian novels, romance, and a great story, you'll love this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sb 08-19-12
    Sb 08-19-12
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    "Very good dystopia"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was well written, original, well narrated, and had a delicious gloom to it. Worth a credit - or two :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Four, and maybe Christina.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but will if I get the chance.


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  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    1/7/12
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    "Suprisingly good!"

    Young Adult books nowadays usually leave me with a longing for more Harry Potter :). Suprisingly this one didn't. I really enjoyed it, and I will wait for the second one with eager antecipation. It's good to know that there are new writters with potential out there! It's light enough for your readers, the story is well thought, and the characters, specially the main ones, are likeable and believable. If you're looking for some light fiction, this might be it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    4/7/13
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    "One of my favourite dystopian works."

    I love Divergent and have it in paperback, kindle e-book & Audible audiobook.



    The writing is well developed and the story gripping. The characters are very easy to identify with and you find yourself wanting to learn more about them.



    I know i am stating the obvious here but this is a Young Adult/Teen genre. It is light enough for the younger teens but deals with some very important social issues such as bullying, domestic violence,



    As many people have said there are similarities to The Hunger Games, such as segmented society within a city, but they are their own stories.



    Being the first part of a trilogy, this book sets the scene in this dystopian world and establishes the characters, political issues and power struggles from the outset.



    The reader/listener is kept guessing throughout the story with just enough revealed to fill in the gaps and solidify the story by the end, but leaves enough questions to keep you guessing and wanting more.



    This book is very well narrated by Emma Galvin, i think she would be suited to many other YA stories and if she had narrated the twilight audiobooks i would have bought them too.



    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina
    London, United Kingdom
    12/18/12
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    "Potential that was never fulfulled"

    This book had such wonderful reviews that I dared hope for a brilliant new series. Not a chance! The characters remained flat and unconvincing. The challenges they faced were not real but in simulations and dreams and these unreal experiences fell flat and sounded fake. I don't understand why the Dauntless faction was considered the brave, if all they ever did to prove their bravery is jump on trains, get tattoos and go through simulations and imaginary challenges.

    All in all, even though the book had a couple of promising ideas, overall it sounded hollow and extremely disappointing. I will not be bothering with the second book of the series, despite the fact that many questions remained unanswered.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ann-Marie
    Gavle, Sweden
    2/28/12
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    "Ends with the beginning"


    Well, I must start by telling you that I'm probably one of the few who has NOT yet read the Hunger Games trilogy (I'm working on it...) Even so, I understand that there is quite a few similarities. A young girl trying to figure out Who she is. In doing so, finding hidden strengths (both physical and mental) within her which is good since she needs all of them in the initiation process she's going thru.

    I listened to the novel vary well narrated by Emma Galvin and I listened as soon as I had a chance (in the car, walking the dog, cleaning the kitchen).

    It is well written, the characters are plausible and easy to like (or hate). The main character Beatrice, later Tris, is someone you want to get to know and learn more about.

    But, to me it seems that this, the first in a series of three, is very much an introduction to the rest. I don't know if I'm right, but there is something missing. There is a lot of questions you don't get answers to.

    Why has the society changed into this very rigid form? What has happened to the world?

    For me this lack of background made it difficult to understand and accept Tris'and the other initiates change and behaviour.

    Non the less it's a good read. Love, hate, good, evil, morality.

    I do hope to find some answers in the next book. I would have given it one more star if I've gotten some more answers from the start.

    The story ends with the beginning...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • V. Clouston
    Orkney, UK
    12/10/13
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    "Excellent listen"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    Divergent is an original, clever story. Great characters and performed brilliantly by Emma Galvin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Four. An intriguing individual with a great backstory.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin does a great job reading this. She gives a very believable performance and is very easy to listen to.


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

    When Tris learns more about her mother's past and the dramatic climax ( no spoilers!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Stand aside here comes the DIVERGENT"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to better but listened to much much worse ... the fact taht the narrator is in a constant state of fear allertness terror means that you do not get a rest from this frantic drama. But She does a good job of making your heat thud.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to, and why?

    The Hunger games is the same type of book and this is a compliment. Tris is not the same she is harder and less confident than Catness however the story is edgier in my opinion.


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

    When Tris was saved from the other transfers by 4.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. E. Davies
    London, England
    10/23/13
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    "Quite an enjoyable listen"

    I was looking forward to reading this, the initial blurb seemed good, but at the end I felt a little disappointed. There are lots of unanswered questions, but I know there are two sequels to come which I assume will tie up these questions. However, the lack of any information about the history of Chicago, and how this society came to be this way, means that questions are continually popping into my head - for example, who are Dauntless protecting their society against?

    Overall a good story, and reasonably well performed - Emma Galvin has a pleasing voice, though at times it was difficult to distinguish which of the characters were speaking initially. The characters were whole and rounded, Tris was brave and curious, Four moody and deep, and all the requisite baddies were in force.

    What is a little disappointing though is for the continual presence of strong similarities between this and books such as The Hunger Games and The Host. Maybe most stories set in a dystopian future will have similar themes, that echo over and over again, but I would have appreciated some original twists to distinguish one from another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Poole, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "A great new writer to the fantasy pantheon"

    I welcome her to the list of fantasy and science fiction writer that I really like. Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin and Diana Wynne Jones to name a few. The story is told in first person and we are given the perception of the protaganist to the strange surreal environment she finds herself in. We are all brought up in the belief systems of our families and Tris is no exception to this. The five faction construct is obviously just that, a strange construct. I was worried that this would be another Hunger Games pseudo reality story, but I was very pleased it did not turn out like this. The world is very like a computer game with real players and not avatars. I look forward to Veronica Roth honing her craft and producing more wonderful stories in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David L. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    7/30/13
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    "Excellent story, but average performance"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    The story is imaginative and enthralling. A bit too much Mills and Boon at times but overall very good. Performance is not the best, difficult to distinguish between the different characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elona
    Newry, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "A have to listen to audiobook!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many but it would rank about 3rd or so..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    SPOILER!! When she lets her blood drip onto the coal, the tension that is built up in that scene is amazing!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Was good, used different tone of voice for different people.


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

    There many different parts where I smiled, laughed and have to admit cried! The book is written and spoken so well that you feel like you are with Tris on her journey, you experience what she experiences! That is one of the things I love about this book you feel involved!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book before I bought the audiobook, and suggest that you read the book as well as you remember alot more, its more exciting, I think to read it and its just a totally different experience altogether when you read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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