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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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    FanB14 01-29-13
    FanB14 01-29-13

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Another Dystopian YA Entry"

    The world is divided into personality-type factions and at age 16, Triss must choose to stay in her family's sector, or venture on her own path. Action-centered drama unfolds with teen love story and fight to save the world. Not as good as the Hunger Games, but better than "Matched," by Condie.

    Narrator, Emma Galvin is fantastic. Sounds 16, has confident, strong voice and nice inflection with changing tone.

    In Comparison with other Dystopian YA Novels:
    Hunger Games: A
    Divergent: B- (action)
    Matched: C- (girly)
    The Giver: D (creepy)

    82 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted more of the unexpected and special."

    STORY BRIEF:
    Dystopian society set in Chicago, Illinois, in the future. Most roads have holes and need repair. Very few have cars. Most travel by bus. The Dauntless are the only ones who travel by train because they are willing to jump on and off while it’s moving. Society is divided into five groups. At age 16 every teen must choose a group to join. If they choose a different group from their parents, they will no longer live with their parents and rarely see them. The groups are personality types. Erudite are brainy. They research and teach. Dauntless are brave and learn to fight and shoot. Abnegation are self sacrificing and work in government. Tris’ parents are Abnegation. She chose Dauntless. Most of this book is her experience at Dauntless. The new recruits sleep in one large room with many beds. She must compete against other recruits in contests. At the end of training the weakest performers will be kicked out of Dauntless.

    Four and Eric oversee the training for recruits. Eric is a sadist. He enjoys putting recruits in danger where they could die. He requires Tris to fight a big boy who beats her bad. Some recruits try to kill each other to eliminate the competition. The leaders don’t seem to care about recruits getting killed and don’t investigate. The recruits can’t look to anyone for help.

    REVIEWER’S OPINION:
    I loved Hunger Games and was hoping this would be as much fun. But it wasn’t. It was ok, but I was not excited to keep reading. Four times a drug is given to Tris causing her to experience frightening dreams about fears. Dreams can be ok, but in this book I saw them as a weakness. The dreams were “the easy way” to provide conflict. The author doesn’t have to develop characters, motivations, actions, and solutions surrounding the dream conflicts. Just have a dream, wake up, and it’s over. Weird things don’t need to be explained.

    CAUTION SPOILER: Outside of the dreams, twice some bad guys outnumber Tris and try to hurt her. She survives when someone else saves her, which wasn’t as good as saving herself. END SPOILER.

    The result of the bad guys and the dreams give a helpless victim feel to Tris, rather than a character taking action. Her main skill was her brain’s ability during a dream. The heroine in Hunger Games was placed in bad situations and used her skills, smarts, and other character traits to out think, survive, and win. Tris wasn’t doing that, although in fairness, twice she came up with a good idea. The book ends with a success for Tris, but bad things have begun and will be continued in the sequel.

    The major crisis at the end was too contrived for me. The bad guy in charge wanted to kill two good guys and should have shot them. Instead the bad guy put them in situations where they could be rescued. Also what happened with the computer was too convenient for me.

    Overall, the characters were predictable and formulaic which can be ok. You can have a good story with stereotypes. But it might have been good to see more development around the bad guys and their motivations. There is the beginning of a teen romance, to be continued in the sequel. There is unsettling sadism and cruelty.

    NARRATOR:
    The narrator Emma Galvin was excellent. She has a pleasing voice and style of speaking. I would enjoy hearing her do other books.

    Genre: young adult dystopia romance.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 05-10-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games..."

    ...…but way better than both. This book was recommended to me by a fellow editor shortly after I finished The Hunger Games series, and I was skeptical. Could I deal with another YA dystopian fiction? Will this teen protagonist waver and worry and be as clueless as the last one? As it turns out, I COULD deal with it, and our heroine, Tris, is one that I’d prefer to have on my side when the government finally takes over.

    Apart from the obligatory love story (Yeah I know: it’s YA, I should have expected it), Divergent is a solid dystopian adventure story. There is a lot of action and violence, which keeps things interesting. Tris is generally a good person who sometimes lets her emotions take over, which strikes a good balance. My favorite thing about her is that when she sees a problem, she acts; she has a lot of courage, and she’s not afraid to put it on display.

    The world they inhabit (a divided, worn-down Chicago of the future) is very interesting and well-drawn, though a lot is left mysterious, which I'm sure is all set-up for the remaining books in the trilogy. The narrator is good, but she could have been a bit more dynamic in terms of voicing different characters. I thought this was a great first entry in the series, and I’m looking forward to starting the sequel soon.

    60 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    G. Hinds boston, ma, usa 01-08-12
    G. Hinds boston, ma, usa 01-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Really, book of the year?"

    This showed up on "best of the year" lists on Goodreads and Audible, and I'd heard a lot of good buzz about it, but I was very disappointed. The reader is part of the problem, I think, but also the romance, politics, and action all feel really shallow and the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese. There are some exciting bits, and the overall message -- dare to be different, think outside the box -- is good, but it's oh so heavy-handed. I guess it's trying to be a successor to the Hunger Games, but I think it's probably more like Twilight. If you're desperate for more books in that vein, you'll probably like Divergent, but if you prefer your sci-fi to make sense and have a bit of subtlety, I would recommend skipping it.

    Incidentally, I *assume* the author is not trying to make a statement that intellectuals are the enemy, but then again she might be.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't see what all the hype was about"
    What would have made Divergent better?

    The story just wasn't that believable. There was no back story to explain how society ended up how is does, nor could I believe human beings would actually accept the situation. The characters seemed a little shallow, just a touch cliche, but they were much better than the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have listened to the preview, then I would have not purchased this book. I am just not a fan of 1st person stories, much less 1st person stories told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    GrizzlyPark 04-08-14
    GrizzlyPark 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "watching water come to boil"
    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    the story has a lot of potential with this very acute society she dipicted and the characters are moderetly developed, simple but easily identifible and a few of them are even wrought with the nipping moral dilemas that come with teenage and mid life agnst. OHHH the suspense! the dynamics of the story are so few to begin with, the thrill of the book is waiting for it to open up to limitless... comparitively limitless.. possiblities. no idea when tho


    What could Veronica Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    she could of weaved it into a story, that would of been nifty. It felt drawn out for dramitic pause, the tension and anxiety were almost painful...doesnt have the feel a master storyteller but more like chopped and screwed of twlight and hunger games. Im unfamiliar with the author so im hoping she carefully designed the story with some clever qips and foreshadowing and a few surprises for the reader not just a straight at you there are a few twist, lots of stick and small carrot


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Galvin’s performances?

    I'll try anything twice


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    It gave me another opportunity to try out listen to a book on x2 speed. Insurgent maybe x3


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-01-12
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2016

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Great Book to Follow Hunger Games"

    I stumbled upon The Hunger Games trilogy last year, reluctantly read the first book despite the genre being one I generally don't tend towards but fell in love. It felt different and I was open to something different. I searched for recommendations on the next book to read and the lovers of The Hunger Games consistently recommended Divergent. They were right! I read it in less than a week and was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't a regurgitation of The Hunger Games but something else fresh and new. I'm wondering if I'm now a true convert to this YA dystopian genre. Next up: Uglies.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldnt do it. what a rip."
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    I wouldn't read another one of them or even finish this one. Hope the movie is better


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Maybe with a different performer


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded like a snotty know it all 14 year old. I couldn't liste


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It's so much like Hunger Games, but far less creative. I trusted the hunddreds of great reviews, but even the premise was immature and not thought through.


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    audiophile 05-30-12
    audiophile 05-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite book of 2011! Great for Hunger Games fans"

    Fantastic sorry. Great characters. Fascinating world. Gripping plot. Get this!

    If you liked Hunger Games, Trudi Caravan books, Fire by Kristin Cashore, or Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and/or Ready Player One, we may share tastes in audiobooks. And if we do, you will LOVE this book more than many of those!!!

    Flat out my favorite book I downloaded in 2011. An excellent entry in this genre!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 10-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    Both are equal but I do think that the audio book gives a little extra something to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Four. He is such a strong character but yet he has a soft part.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Tris because Emma portrayed her really well.


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

    Not really but I did get goose bumps when Tris and Four met and at a certain other part!!


    Any additional comments?

    Divergent is an amazing book. I've read the book loads of times and know I will listen to the audio book more because it's one of those books that never get old.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A have to listen to audiobook!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many but it would rank about 3rd or so..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    SPOILER!! When she lets her blood drip onto the coal, the tension that is built up in that scene is amazing!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Was good, used different tone of voice for different people.


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

    There many different parts where I smiled, laughed and have to admit cried! The book is written and spoken so well that you feel like you are with Tris on her journey, you experience what she experiences! That is one of the things I love about this book you feel involved!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book before I bought the audiobook, and suggest that you read the book as well as you remember alot more, its more exciting, I think to read it and its just a totally different experience altogether when you read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tracey
    Bolton, United Kingdom
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    "Excellent read"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is in the top ten of the books I have listened to, it kept me mesmerised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The trails that the young people have to go through to be accepted into their chosen faction.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was very easy to listen to and carried the novel along.


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

    It did make me think about personality and how we think. There were one or two weepy moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read not to be dismissed as a younger book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    4/27/13
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    "Empowering, finding a place for yourself."

    So you have to find the character trait that best suits you, I found it interesting to think where I would belong, but the idea of being stuck in one area and not being able to enjoy all the parts of our personality sounds so stifling.

    Excellent book, it got me thinking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rae
    carshalton surrey, United Kingdom
    10/25/12
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    "a long, long 11 hours..."

    i had to listen to this so i could discuss the story with my son as part of his studies. i wish i had bought the book! the reader's voice was dreadfully monotonous and lacking in inflection. possibly a teenager (target audience) would have found her delivery absolutely fine and i'm just showing my age!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    4/30/12
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    "Advice: fastforward until the end"

    I suppose Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have upped the ante for teenage fiction. It's hard for an adult to pick up a book and not expect the same level of literary dexterity in other authors, so I tried to be patient when listening to this book. The task, however, was beyond me. This novel feels like it's written for teenagers- by a teenager. Essentially, there is no adventure: most of the obstacles the protagonist faces are fake- either in dreams or in simulations, a technique which drains the story of meaning.

    The world of the story feels like it's only painted on a flimsy set design. The antagonists have no real dimension to them and the protagonist is simply dull. In that sense, she reminded me of Bella in the Twilight Saga ('Why do you like me, I'm so unpretty...' says she while everyone around her adores her).
    The aim of this book seems to be to introduce the reader to the next one, and in so doing, the writer seems to have forgotten that a story needs to be better crafted, or it remains only a preface. Shame to the publisher who allows its writers to do that!

    Surely there is better fiction out there for the young reader. If you're thinking of buying this book because you're looking for something in the same vein as the Hunger Game, keep searching. This ain't worth your time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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