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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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    julie kadoshima tyrone, ga United States 09-02-14
    julie kadoshima tyrone, ga United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "kinda fed up with the hype"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    stolen plot lines from hunger games, as the underdog style fight for survival type odd romance plot line DRUG ON AND ON AND ON... didnt help that the girl who read this had an excruciatingly dry reading style with no emotion or voice during tantamount moments. dull dull DULL... did i mention DULL?!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing from this author... this was tedious and painful to sit through!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    dry as dust. she read this book as if she were reading the local phone book!


    What character would you cut from Divergent?

    all of them... this never should have been published


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    Michelle Johnston San Gabriel, CA 08-30-14
    Michelle Johnston San Gabriel, CA 08-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Could NOT stop listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    Great story combined with great narration = could not stop listening!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down; I was losing sleep because I would take it to bed and listen until I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 08-29-14
    Nick 08-29-14
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    "Great Book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's suspenseful throughout the whole series.


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

    A sense of reality.


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

    What Makes You Different, Makes You Divergent


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley 08-29-14
    Kelley 08-29-14
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    "The Young Adult genre is not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenagers


    If you’ve listened to books by Veronica Roth before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Davina Porter


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't very entertained with the narration however, the concept of the overall story is interesting and I probably would have enjoyed it more if the characters hadn't been so petty and juvenile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunsmuckers 08-25-14
    Sunsmuckers 08-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Done Young Adult Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tobias - has more of a consistent character


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but she does a good job with different voice inflictions.


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

    Yes, I enjoyed this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Hunger Games knock-off (and not a good one)"

    Read from January 01 to 13, 2014

    Story: 3 stars
    Narrator: 3.5 stars


    This book starts with a bang but, unfortunately, ends with a whimper. At first, I was captivated by this newish image of a future dystopia where castes are determined not by social standing but by personality type. Tris's journey from Abnegation (the ruling Amish-lite caste) into Dauntless (the daredevil/militaristic caste) was fascinating at first as she learned about life outside of the small world in which she'd been raised. The idea of a drug that could be injected and create hallucinations (simulations) that another person could observe---and that a computer could record---had the potential for great plot development.

    And then . . . training started. And it went on and on and on and on ad nauseam until I got to the point about 2/3 of the way in that I wondered aloud if any of what had happened so far was going anywhere, or if the whole series would be one contrived "action" (a.k.a., training) scene after another.

    This book didn't work for me as an action/adventure/suspense story the way The Hunger Games did, because the whole book was focused on the training exercises that got very repetitive very fast. And then there are Tris's Mary-Sue like tendencies. She's special. She's better than everyone else. But of course that means that the baddies must be out to get her. There were also aspects to her personality that emerge after she's in Dauntless that I didn't like: the thrill seeking, the self-centeredness, the way she lays blame on everyone else when her relationships get strained because of her own actions but she never reflects on how she might need to change or what she needs to do, beyond "pretending to be vulnerable" to fix those relationships. Up until the very end, after the initiation ceremony, everything that happens to her is contrived not to move a plot forward but merely to create conflict between Tris and the other initiates. And that got very old and annoying.

    This book also did not work for me as a romance. There was no relationship building that happened between Tris and Four. Sure, he was described as enigmatic and HOT, but he has almost nothing redeeming to his characterization, especially with the way he treats her occasionally (bordering on abusive) and very little, if any, actual personality. The sexy-time scenes were awkward---but not in the way they were meant to be. There's no intellectual connection between them to lead me to believe there is long-term potential. It comes across as a very self-centered teen crush that will fizzle and die quickly.

    The movie was just as bad as, if not worse than, the book. So at least now I can skip the rest of the series without worrying that I'm missing out. I'm just not that interested or invested in this world or the characters that inhabit it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelbey New Richmond 08-21-14
    Shelbey New Richmond 08-21-14 Member Since 2017

    Hey there! I like Teen novels and books with female leads.

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    "I loved it!"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Outstandingly fast-paced


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The most memorable moment of Divergent was when Tris chose Dauntless as her faction. It was such a huge decision and I was on the edge of my seat leading up to it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tris and Four were in his fear-scape. The way Tris took control and helped him out of it showed her Divergence perfectly. It was definitely her character's shining moment.


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

    I teared up a lot throughout the book,


    Any additional comments?

    I originally wasn't going to read it because I saw the movie trailer and wasn't interested. I'm so glad I changed my mind and bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lunarchi Trenton, New Jersey 08-21-14
    lunarchi Trenton, New Jersey 08-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Where was the editor?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    We listened to the Audible version of Divergent on a recent road trip and loved it. I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t make any comparison. The novel was clearly a young adult fiction, and had all of the elements that you would expect: resistance to adult authority, peer bonding and teen romance. The science fiction and dystopia elements made the story engaging, even for adults. We immediately went on to, and are now listening to the next book, Insurgent. I can see how Divergent could make a good movie. It was definitely a great listen! I highly recommend the Audible version.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Veronica Roth? Why or why not?

    After listening to all three books in the Divergent series, I have to say that it wasn’t great. I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of exceptionally good young adult fiction. The Divergent series was average, at best. All three books could have had better editing. The passionate, romantic scenes between Tris and Tobias and the word “body” could have almost all been eliminated. There was a lot of repetition and scenes that added nothing to the development of the story. There was also too much graphic violence. The writing lacked depth and maturity. Maybe they will make great movies. However, none of the books were a great listen and I doubt that they would have been a better read.


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    Colleen 08-14-14
    Colleen 08-14-14
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I tell everyone I know to read this book. I don't care how old or young you are this book has something for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tris is my favorite she is strong even though she doesn't think she is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Londo usa 08-08-14
    Karen Londo usa 08-08-14 Member Since 2001
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    "normally this is not my type of reading but......."
    Any additional comments?

    found this book very good and different from the types of books i like. i cant wait to read all the series.

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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
    Poole, United Kingdom
    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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