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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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    Cynthia irvine, CA, United States 03-29-12
    Cynthia irvine, CA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly Recommend!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my third audio book, but I LOVED it! Great story! Great Book! I highly recommend to all readers.


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

    A few jaw dropping moments. I can't say anything without Spoilers. Just trust that this is a great book for all ages.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Menlo Park, California, United States 03-29-12
    Emma Menlo Park, California, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book-- it's great for young adult readers who enjoy dystopian novels. If you like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series you will undoubtedly love Divergent.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 03-27-12
    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed this story and the characters. As others said, it was very much an enjoyable book and I would most definitely recommend it! Great read for both the younger and older readers/listeners!

    My only disappointment... is when it finally had to come to an end. Would love it to continue on!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley Richmond, VA, United States 03-14-12
    Kelley Richmond, VA, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    I have already listened to it several times. The narrator is excellent and the story is excellent. Sometimes stories are so good that I can ignore a bad narrator, but I usually don't listen again. This book had it all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For young adult, fantasy, scifi fans this book had it all. A little romance, that wasn't over powering, a great story where the female lead wasn't some whining woos, but a believable flawed/fantastic person, excellent writing/imagery, and a good narrator. If you liked Hunger Games, you will like this book.

    I cannot wait for the next installment.


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

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leilani Kaysville, UT, United States 03-13-12
    Leilani Kaysville, UT, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Lack Luster, but great for a first time author"

    I didn't love or hate this book. It was sufficient- a worthy first book but nothing to write home about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather redlands, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Heather redlands, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Great dystopia with characters you'll care about."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    The reader made me care more about the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world she created was really interesting. I felt like she fleshed out the dystopia pretty well but left plenty of questions that makes you want to read more of the books. The synopsis doesn't really explain well what the book is about. She decides which path she'll take early in the book. The rest is about her initiation into her chosen path. The book makes you feel empowered to change your destiny and challenge yourself. So the two best things about the book are the deep insight into people's behavior and also the world she created.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She had great intonation and her voice for the main character made her seem young but also brave. Like a kinda scrapy but deep-down insecure teenager.


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

    Having to kill one of her friends and losing family members. It was heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely one of my favorite YA books I've read. There is a fair amount of violence so I'd say 16+. I definitely want to support new young authors like Roth.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 03-07-12
    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fast paced."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Defined well different cultures involved, moved into the story, sweeping you away.


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

    Just for entertainment.


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

    In our world I would be divergent, LOL.


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

    When Beatrice discovered who her mother is or was when she raised her, I wished for her more time.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A trilogy, how exciting!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 03-07-12
    Julia Manchester, CT, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Better than The Hunger Games"

    You MUST listen to this book. It is better than the Hunger Games Series! Despite listening to 50+ books a year I rarely write reviews but if you're 13, 30 or 300 you should listen to this book!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-06-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Not just for teens"

    This was an unexpected pleasure. There is a romance, but it's not overdone and it's a nice bit of speculative fiction.

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    Celia MCALLEN, TX, United States 03-05-12
    Celia MCALLEN, TX, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    I liked that it was a dystopian book where the main focus wasn't who you are/aren't allowed to love specifically in a romantic sense; it was more class divisions and loyalties. You need a balance of adventure and romance and Divergent does a good job of that.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Maybe something like Hunger Games in style and theme (though I liked Hunger Games much better, which is not to disparage Divergent, just a preference thing)


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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