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)
I can't help but to compare it to The Hunger Games trilogy, and I have to say that this is not even close. Of course the bar is very high, it doesn't mean this is a bad book. For some reason, it doesn't keep me engaged, I find my mind drifting off somewhere and when I pull myself back, I'm missing a chunk of the story, but I don't bother to rewind and find out. Of course this might be just my problem, as I find other books would do the same for me too. However, there are also some books that will keep me on my toes at all times, "Gone Girl", "14" and "The Hunger Games", to name a few. All in all, I can easily see one can enjoy this book very much, if you like this Si-Fi teen book genera.
Sure, lots of suspense and plenty of characters to get into.
Finding out what faction Mom comes from.
I really believe her as Tris.
Which Would You Choose?
Loved this book... well written and always kept me fully interested. Excited for the next book. Narrator was very good... Great job!~
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
Tris, she was the main character. Very relatable.
Well rounded book, action, suspense, violence, and romance. I couldn't wait for my me t credit to arrive to purchase the sequel!
In my top 5! Just buy the books, listen and then cry. ...since the 3rd book isn't out yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The plot was unique and fast-paced making the book fly by.
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.
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.
Great line that stuck with me : "Those that seek peace above all else will deceive to keep the water calm."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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