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)
This is in the Hunger Games genre and is a good listen, makes you want to read the next in the series. The narrator did a good job. It was a perfect book to listen to on my long Saturday run.
The story was intriguing and inspiring.
I could compare this to The Hunger Games Trilogy or The Uglies Trilogy.
I liked the way they described the divergent area. It was quite interesting.
One of my students told me about this book and I am so glad that he did. It is a great story explaining how a community can not live with just one trait but how those with multiple traits can be dangerous to others. It is an amazing story that can open up anyone's eyes. I couldn't put it down and instantly downloaded the second book and am disappointed the third book isn't out until the fall of 2013.
Enjoyable story line. End is sequel set up. rest is for required minimum words
Great storyline, excitement, well written
Absolutely! And the sequel was just as good if not better!
Highly recommend. I can't see where this won't be made into a movie. Entertaining and worth the $$
I loved how there was this first love in a place that was sometimes very cold and unforgiving.
Tris is strong and vulnerable and all the things I love in a main character.
After the final exam in Tobais's apartment when they talk about having sex.
Can't wait for the next book!!!!!
Possibly. The story is imaginative and the characters interesting and well developed.
Good listen for both 40 year old mom and teenage son.
I really don't understand all the accolades surrounding this book. Is that high praise given by people who have missed out on other, better young adult reads? In no way does this book compare to The Hunger Games. I found myself only listening to it because I'd spent money on it, and then realized I was wasting precious time on a dud. Don't waste your time or money. Find something else.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
The short descriptions of this novel don't even begin to communicate how phenomenal the story is. Roth's characters, especially Beatrice, are so well written that you'll feel like they're real people. The story line surrounds Beatrice, or Tris, and the five-faction society in which she lives. Granted, the story was written for the teenager (and appropriately so) but the avid adult reader will be hard-pressed to put the story aside.
It's so well written and incredibly engaging... suffice it to say that you'll be hooked in no time. I consumed both Divergent and Insurgent (the 2nd book in the series) in only one weekend. Mind you, I'm a high school teacher with four children of my own.
This will not be neither a waste of your time nor money! Now when is the last installment coming out?!
Great story. Veronica Roth catches your attention right away and Emma Galvin does a great job with the narration. I enjoyed this book so much, I immediately downloaded the sequal and started listening to it within minutes of finishing Divergent.
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