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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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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-27-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-27-13
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    "Good but not quite Hunger Games"

    This is a good book, and the premise of the dystopia makes for a really interesting story. However, it feels a little like this book was written to replicate the Hunger Games' success and although it's good, I didn't find it quite as engaging in terms of the caliber of the story. I won't be listening to others in the series, though the book was enjoyable.

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    Margaux 03-24-13
    Margaux 03-24-13 Member Since 2016

    Taking recommendations!

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    "Darker version of Hunger Games."
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    I enjoyed this book. The writer really paints a picture of this different world they live in. Very interesting idea about dividing people from their personalities. Good fun book! A little dark at times.

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    Dana Katy, TX, United States 03-22-13
    Dana Katy, TX, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "by far my favorite YA Dystopia story EVER"
    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, possible, disturbing.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Delirium- similar possible outcome


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

    Four!


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

    When Four saved Tris from the attack.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love Four & Triss, the books are outstsnding and Emma Galvon is fantastic in her performance. Highly recommended.

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    Wayne 03-21-13
    Wayne 03-21-13
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    "Engrossing and Fluid Story Writing!"
    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games


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

    She gives the Story a Teenage touch ... Sweet Voice


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

    I was hooked from start to finish...


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    Valerie ALTUS, OK, United States 03-18-13
    Valerie ALTUS, OK, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2017

    warrior princess

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    "Worth a listen."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book was a nice way to pass the time. The story line was pretty interesting. The author did a very good job on character development. However, the story line is pretty juvenile. There are several plot holes that could have been better. The author also tends to overuse certain words and phrases so that they become annoying (for example - "collarbone").


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

    This was not a bad book at all, but did not leave me wanting to read another. Perhaps this was just written for a younger audience.


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    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 03-17-13
    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 03-17-13

    24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.

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    "Divergent: A Dystopian Delight"

    Divergent launched me into the world of audio books with it's exciting, fast-paced narration, imaginatively likable characters and subtle humor. If you like themes of dystopian futures, action packed plots, and a hint of romance, this book will be right up your alley.

    While Divergent is similar to that of the Hunger Games (and The Giver, as well) in its overall themes, it doesn't ever feel like a copycat or knockoff. The characters have their own personalities, each that stick with you even when you aren't reading the book. I didn't ever want to stop listening, as Emma Galvin did a phenomenal job bringing a voice to the novel that I could never have done.

    I seriously enjoyed this book--and plan on following this series to its completion!

    Plot Synopsis:

    Remaining true to the dystopian theme; Chicago is no longer the thriving, windy city we have come to know and love. Instead, it is divided into five separate "factions," each with a completely different characteristic that defines them.

    Abnegation: The Selfless
    Amity: The Peaceful
    Candor: The Honest
    Dauntless: The Brave
    Erudite: The Intelligent

    Divergent takes flight as the leading character Beatrice (aka Tris) faces the prospect of initiation, in which she must choose whether to remain in her faction, Abnegation, or transfer to one of the other four factions.

    Abnegation has never felt truly like her home, as she feels that she cannot honestly consider herself a selfless person. Yet, if she leaves, she must leave her family behind for good and risk unhappiness in a new faction--or worse, be named factionless.

    Amid the process of initiation, she, among the other initiates, takes a placement test that is meant to help guide her to the faction that fits her personality best.The test is meant for one, and only one, result. When Tris is informed her results are inconclusive and she is therefore "Divergent," she finds herself in a dangerous situation. To be Divergent in this world is unspeakable and would result in her extermination. Tris realizes she must do whatever she can to keep people from knowing the truth about her.

    When she chooses a faction that is not Abnigation, she is thrust into an unknown world where her only objective is to survive. Little does she know how truly hard that will be...

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-17-13
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A popular read for a good reason."

    I have chosen a few books that had gained rave reviews and I was disappointed and left wondering if I had read the same books they were cheering about...this one however did live up to the Hype for me. It did remind me somewhat of Hunger Games, another of my favorites, in tone and it involved teenagers living in a desparate world and making extreme choices with maturity and courage.

    My own children are older than the ones here and this ole lady still liked it. I was entertainted and drawn into the story very easily. I look forward to reading this entire trilogy and would suggest it for others, teen to adult.

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    alicia 03-11-13
    alicia 03-11-13
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    "Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

    This was an exciting story that kept me wanting more. I was so bummed when the story ended.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Good voices.


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    Becca Stuart, FL, United States 03-11-13
    Becca Stuart, FL, United States 03-11-13
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    "Good Listen"

    Good, easy listen. Keeps you interested but nothing something I wanted to finish in 1 day. Worthwhile buy

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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-08-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "not extraordinary"

    Typically I am a big fan of dystopia books, so I thought I would try this one.

    As a 21 year old, I may just be older than the target market, but generally I enjoy young adult titles. The first half of the book was very slow going for me, and I had to really push myself to finish it.

    About sometime midpoint through the story I did start getting more into it, but I dont think Roth does that good of a job of character development. The main character is very predictable and you don't really get a true feel for any of the other ones.

    While I would like to know what ends up happening in the next book, unfortunately I don't think I will be continuing the series.

    While this particular dystopia story was unique.. it was almost too reminiscent of Hunger Games (which are similar, but better books) and The Giver-- kind of mixed together.

    Personally I like to read books that intrigue me on a deep level, make me question my surroundings, help me grow or see a new perspective. I can't really say this book did any of those for me.

    However, as I said before, it could just be that this book is too juvenile for my age, and that given the correct reader it would be a hit!

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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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