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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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    Jessica 10-27-14
    Jessica 10-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story but reader lacks passion."
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Identity versus duty


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Work on tone. The reading was so monotone, it was difficult to focus and stay engaged in the story.


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    Kia 10-18-14
    Kia 10-18-14
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    "Amazing!! but kind of thealready seen type of book"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    iloved theromance alot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tobias Eaton bc he's handsome and amazing and had such a charm and i totally loved the romance between him and Tris and woops i love him


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

    The main character Tris bc her voice really fit in and stuff, i loved it a lot. though at some points it couldve been better and she performed some male characters better but idk i really liked imagining Tris' voice as Emma's.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    youve kind of seen these kind of movies but youll probably love this anyway unless youre a very critical person


    Any additional comments?

    <3<3<3<3<3 cant wait to have money to buy the last two books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Reinhardt Little Canada, MN USA 10-15-14
    Adam Reinhardt Little Canada, MN USA 10-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A Much Better Movie Than An Audio Book"

    The amount of actual required material covered in the book is suitable for a much shorter book. As such the conversion to a movie was better than book and better than most book to movie conversion. Some interesting topics/concepts were discussed, but it took too long for my tastes to get to the point. A decent performance by the narrator makes it worth a listen.

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    Vickie 10-06-14
    Vickie 10-06-14

    I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.

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    "Great Adventure!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed reading this science fiction book. I normally read mysteries but was enchanted by the character adventures and of course the relationship that bloomed between the two lead female and male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desertpat 10-01-14
    Desertpat 10-01-14
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    "Senior Citizen loved the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    Although I am on medicare, I did love both the movie and the book. Am I already senile?


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    Le 10-01-14
    Le 10-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "*Shrug*"
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    I dont know if I want to read the rest of the books. I had made up my mind to "read the book" before seeing the movie, so when I started I wanted to stop but was a bit stubborn.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Read headline.


    Did Emma Galvin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Nothing you thought about while listening so I guess she did a good job-


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the movie is better than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne LePard 09-30-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Divergent"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    The description of the city of Chicago and picturing the landmarks as they may be in that world was fascinating.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    It reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games because it dealt with young people forced to become adults whether they were ready or not.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again I think listening to the descriptions of Millenium Park and the other parts of the city made it seem real.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful what you wish for.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very engaging story but not as intense as Hunger Games. Definately worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon Silt, CO, United States 09-27-14
    Jonathon Silt, CO, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting concept turned sour"

    While I would never limit what a teenager wants to read, I certainly would not suggest this book. Some of the themes were awful. At first the anti-intelligence mentality was pretty mild and I could get past it. By the end of the book, the message about hatred and distrust for the intellectual elite was too much. This seems like a fundamentalist prepper's wet dream. The 'meek' religious are victims of the nasty smart people that take reason too far..better make sure you are part of the special group within the meek that are prepared for action with guns.

    Also, on the guns..the author clearly does not know much about guns and did a very poor job on the do diligence to make sure she didn't sound ignorant. I'm not a huge gun guy, but details can make or ruin a story and some of the things just made me roll my eyes.

    The romance part of the book was awful, but that's not why I gave it a low rating. I expected that in a book for a younger audience.

    There were some definite plot holes and some serious cowardice in terms of unwillingness to follow a good story arch regardless of who dies. I like an author that will kill off any character if it makes sense to the story. Saving deaths for later so you can keep characters you want is lazy. If you have to, create new characters!

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    Craig Pettitt 09-21-14

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    "Great story with an annoying main character"
    What did you love best about Divergent?

    Unique story, all based in post-apocalyptic Chicago. The city is everything to the characters, and sometimes it's easy to forget that the factions are split in one city instead of a much larger geographic area. The outside world is never mentioned, so there's no way to know why they are only in Chicago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is probably Four. He seems pretty level-headed and even though he's a born leader, he has no desire to take that role.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emma's story-telling ability is excellent and she makes it very easy to know when different people are talking. I'd definitely consider listening to another book that she reads, just for her abilities.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's pretty long, listening to it in one sitting isn't really feasible, although I did get through it faster than I expected.


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint that I have about this story is that the main character is a 16 year old girl and has a tendency to act like it. While I realize that she is portrayed realistically, it also makes a lot of her actions and dialogue somewhat annoying due to her immaturity.

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    Arby 09-16-14
    Arby 09-16-14
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    "Interesting story"
    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    The storyline was interesting. I tend to enjoy these dystopian-type stories. I'm not sure if it's one I would listen to repeatedly, but definitely great for at least one time through. The writing style took a little getting used to. Having just come from a Rupert Degas narration of Metro 2033 (he is excellent), I did not enjoy the narrator of this story as well as other narrators. Looking past some of the teenage angst that reminds me somewhat of Twilight or Hunger Games, the story is intriguing and makes me want to read more to find out what led to the current world situation and what is going to happen in the story.


    What aspect of Emma Galvin’s performance would you have changed?

    I think part of the narrator performance seemed a little off-putting because of the unique writing style of the author. However, voice inflection, emotions, etc. often seemed wrong. Words would sometimes be read as if someone was angry and then immediately sound friendly. It was a little jarring and unnatural. Better than an electronic text-to-speech robot but far from some other stellar narrators I have listened to.


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  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    1/7/12
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    "Suprisingly good!"

    Young Adult books nowadays usually leave me with a longing for more Harry Potter :). Suprisingly this one didn't. I really enjoyed it, and I will wait for the second one with eager antecipation. It's good to know that there are new writters with potential out there! It's light enough for your readers, the story is well thought, and the characters, specially the main ones, are likeable and believable. If you're looking for some light fiction, this might be it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    4/7/13
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    "One of my favourite dystopian works."

    I love Divergent and have it in paperback, kindle e-book & Audible audiobook.



    The writing is well developed and the story gripping. The characters are very easy to identify with and you find yourself wanting to learn more about them.



    I know i am stating the obvious here but this is a Young Adult/Teen genre. It is light enough for the younger teens but deals with some very important social issues such as bullying, domestic violence,



    As many people have said there are similarities to The Hunger Games, such as segmented society within a city, but they are their own stories.



    Being the first part of a trilogy, this book sets the scene in this dystopian world and establishes the characters, political issues and power struggles from the outset.



    The reader/listener is kept guessing throughout the story with just enough revealed to fill in the gaps and solidify the story by the end, but leaves enough questions to keep you guessing and wanting more.



    This book is very well narrated by Emma Galvin, i think she would be suited to many other YA stories and if she had narrated the twilight audiobooks i would have bought them too.



    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina Vasileva
    12/18/12
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    "Potential that was never fulfulled"

    This book had such wonderful reviews that I dared hope for a brilliant new series. Not a chance! The characters remained flat and unconvincing. The challenges they faced were not real but in simulations and dreams and these unreal experiences fell flat and sounded fake. I don't understand why the Dauntless faction was considered the brave, if all they ever did to prove their bravery is jump on trains, get tattoos and go through simulations and imaginary challenges.

    All in all, even though the book had a couple of promising ideas, overall it sounded hollow and extremely disappointing. I will not be bothering with the second book of the series, despite the fact that many questions remained unanswered.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ann-Marie
    Gavle, Sweden
    2/28/12
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    "Ends with the beginning"


    Well, I must start by telling you that I'm probably one of the few who has NOT yet read the Hunger Games trilogy (I'm working on it...) Even so, I understand that there is quite a few similarities. A young girl trying to figure out Who she is. In doing so, finding hidden strengths (both physical and mental) within her which is good since she needs all of them in the initiation process she's going thru.

    I listened to the novel vary well narrated by Emma Galvin and I listened as soon as I had a chance (in the car, walking the dog, cleaning the kitchen).

    It is well written, the characters are plausible and easy to like (or hate). The main character Beatrice, later Tris, is someone you want to get to know and learn more about.

    But, to me it seems that this, the first in a series of three, is very much an introduction to the rest. I don't know if I'm right, but there is something missing. There is a lot of questions you don't get answers to.

    Why has the society changed into this very rigid form? What has happened to the world?

    For me this lack of background made it difficult to understand and accept Tris'and the other initiates change and behaviour.

    Non the less it's a good read. Love, hate, good, evil, morality.

    I do hope to find some answers in the next book. I would have given it one more star if I've gotten some more answers from the start.

    The story ends with the beginning...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    2/13/15
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    "Great listen"

    Enjoyed listening to this daily. The narrator portrayed the characters and the told the story. I'm looking forward to insergant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V. Clouston
    Orkney, UK
    12/10/13
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    "Excellent listen"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    Divergent is an original, clever story. Great characters and performed brilliantly by Emma Galvin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Four. An intriguing individual with a great backstory.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin does a great job reading this. She gives a very believable performance and is very easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tris learns more about her mother's past and the dramatic climax ( no spoilers!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Stand aside here comes the DIVERGENT"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to better but listened to much much worse ... the fact taht the narrator is in a constant state of fear allertness terror means that you do not get a rest from this frantic drama. But She does a good job of making your heat thud.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to, and why?

    The Hunger games is the same type of book and this is a compliment. Tris is not the same she is harder and less confident than Catness however the story is edgier in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tris was saved from the other transfers by 4.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. E. Davies
    London, England
    10/23/13
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    "Quite an enjoyable listen"

    I was looking forward to reading this, the initial blurb seemed good, but at the end I felt a little disappointed. There are lots of unanswered questions, but I know there are two sequels to come which I assume will tie up these questions. However, the lack of any information about the history of Chicago, and how this society came to be this way, means that questions are continually popping into my head - for example, who are Dauntless protecting their society against?

    Overall a good story, and reasonably well performed - Emma Galvin has a pleasing voice, though at times it was difficult to distinguish which of the characters were speaking initially. The characters were whole and rounded, Tris was brave and curious, Four moody and deep, and all the requisite baddies were in force.

    What is a little disappointing though is for the continual presence of strong similarities between this and books such as The Hunger Games and The Host. Maybe most stories set in a dystopian future will have similar themes, that echo over and over again, but I would have appreciated some original twists to distinguish one from another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
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    9/23/13
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    "A great new writer to the fantasy pantheon"

    I welcome her to the list of fantasy and science fiction writer that I really like. Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin and Diana Wynne Jones to name a few. The story is told in first person and we are given the perception of the protaganist to the strange surreal environment she finds herself in. We are all brought up in the belief systems of our families and Tris is no exception to this. The five faction construct is obviously just that, a strange construct. I was worried that this would be another Hunger Games pseudo reality story, but I was very pleased it did not turn out like this. The world is very like a computer game with real players and not avatars. I look forward to Veronica Roth honing her craft and producing more wonderful stories in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David L. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    7/30/13
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    "Excellent story, but average performance"
    What did you like most about Divergent?

    The story is imaginative and enthralling. A bit too much Mills and Boon at times but overall very good. Performance is not the best, difficult to distinguish between the different characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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