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)
When Beatrice made her decision to jump from the building into the net.
When the mother was killed.
I've listened to some incredible books lately, but while this story was good and fast paced,I would say it was a little above average for me.
It compared with Hunger Games because of the futuristic setting,but the main characters aren't as easy to like.
She's wonderful, no matter what she does.
I thought it was sad to think families could be split so easily.
I was interested enough to buy the second book and am enjoying it as well.
Reading is my passion!
Intriguing, fast-paced, smart
Four - He is genuinely good-hearted and truly cares about Tris. It is clear that he does not approve of the Dauntless' ways of initiation..... he is strong, caring and moral.
Her voice was perfect for this story, she sounds much as I imagined Tris would sound.
I don't know how you can't make the comparison - teen book - kids being divided into different groups at a certain age of development to live with there district (so to speak) - evil adult leaders - teen romance.... The list keeps going.
At first it held my interest pretty good but in the end, it turns into a sappy teen romance.
Just starting the second book. Hoping it sticks with a little more action and less sappy romance ( I do mean sappy - not the good kind).
Divergent is one of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to. It tied things together really well and and fun plot twists that made me not want to stop listening to it. Between the plot itself and the narrator, it was a very good fit. Unlike many other books I have heard, she fit in well with the story and sounded very animated about what she was reading. I definitely could believe that she was the main character. I would recommend the book to everyone. It is a wonderful choice.
I loved this book, however I very much enjoy this type of genre! I will say that the beginning was a little slow and a tad confusing. It was hard to remember which faction was which, but after she joins a faction I started learning them better. When she joins a faction is also when the book starts to pick up, so don't give up on it before then! I love that they mixed in a love story with the plot. The story reminded me of the Hunger Games. I didn't realize there was a sequel to this book until just a minute ago and it has made me very excited to see what's next!
I had never heard of this one before and took a chance and got it- I am glad I did! Great story- cannot wait to get the 2nd one and find out what happens next!
SO much better than Hunger Games. The main character is likable, surprising, and assertive without being either boring vanilla or overtly aggressive. It is a teenage girl's struggle with weighing social expectations against noble self-sacrifice and service to others. There are curve balls in the plot to keep things interesting and a little realistic romance that is strung along throughout. Roth's novel reveals love beginning with building trust and understanding. A worthwhile and interesting read.
Tris is a strong, smart, fearless character who tends to act first, think about it later. Four is exciting and a perfect match for Tris.
Fast paced action, characters you care about
Insurgent. She does a great job
Yes! The pacing makes you hungry for more
Yes I liked it so much that I quickly downloaded the next book and am now patiently waiting for the next one! I really love the concept and was really impressed. Cliff hanger ending tho... be prepared to want more.
She did a very good job! Not monotone at all. It seemed like she enjoyed reading the book to me.
I could not stop listening!
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