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)
Yes, I plan on listening to it again before the movie comes out.
I don't like to spoil it.
This is my favorite book series! Even more so than hunger games and I LOVE hunger games. I couldn't put this audible down! I have yet to find another dystopian YA book that is as good as Divergent. If you love action, mystery, passion, and bravery then you will love this book!
Interesting characters, imaginative events
Hunger Games- the same idea of children too young being placed in a position to make decisions that they are not ready for
I love the audio version of Divergent! The characters come to life through the performers voice. Driving and house work are much more fun while listening to this book.
Very descriptive, great story line.
Her voice was soothing. Her tone inflection was great.
I laughed and cried and even got angry at times.
Yes. Solid listen kept my attention. The book reminded me a little of hunger games I liked that it was only 2 books long
Fun, Intriguing, Wishful
Factions! I loved the idea.. I also really like the love between Tobias and Tris
Both! a lot more crying though...
Can't wait to see it portrayed on film!
This is one of my top 10.books of all times. Just amazing for Veronica Roth's first novel. I have high hopes to see great things from this author. BUY THIS BOOK, YOU CAN THANK ME LATER!!!!
I really enjoyed the story and I think the narrator did a great job doing a 16yr old girls's voice w/out it being an annoying child's voice. However, she does not do very well changing her voice for the other characters. Having said that though, I'm still a fan of the story and it was still very easy to listen to. You just really had to pay attention to see who was saying what.
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
yes, it helped me get through a few boring chapters. There were parts where I couldn't remember if I had listened or read (albeit at the bookstore).
Train jumping, the finale: the revelations & action.
Each moment of courage.
No, there were 2 parts when I felt like abandoning it altogether, BUT I am glad I did not.
This novel is brilliant! I was a bit hesitant but it was gripping, intriguing, and the characters were fabulously developed. I am awed by the young age of the author - what an accomplishment. Trice is a strong, complex, relatable, and inspirational character - perfect for inspiring young women. I am so glad that I took a chance on this series.
I enjoyed this story, it was a great beginning. I found it had long parts, but not once did I want to stop listening. The end was perfect in the fact that it makes me want to purchase book 2, I cant wait for my next credits!!!
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