Soundbites About Divergent

17466044Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Narrators: Emma Galvin
Rating (Story): ★★☆☆☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions, each of which prize a particular virtue (intelligence, bravery, etc.). At age 16, children must choose which faction to belong to and changing factions means leaving all friends and family behind. Tris’s choice to leave the selfless faction for Dauntless is brutally hard and she has a secret to hide which will make things even harder.

Having heard such good things about Divergent and having generally enjoyed the dystopian craze, I was prepared to love this book. Unfortunately, the world building was completely unconvincing to me. Nothing about the society in Divergent made sense and I don’t believe our society could ever evolve that way. In addition, there was lots of artificially withholding information from the reader to make the plot more interesting. I did like Tris’s personality a lot. She wasn’t completely relatable, possessing a natural strength and ability to be violent I didn’t connect with, but I enjoyed that this made her distinct from many other YA heroines. The narration was spot-on and I was completely convinced Emma Galvin was a teenage girl. 


Filed under Dystopian, Fiction, Young Adult

12 Responses to Soundbites About Divergent

  1. I’ve never tried listening to audio books since I am not yet that fluent in listening to the English language especially if the narrator’s accent is really thick. I am so sorry that this one didn’t really work out for you, Katie.

    Among the three Divergent books, this one is my favorite. Books 2 and 3 were kind of meh so I am hesitant to tell you to just keep on going. And BTW, how did you find Tobias? Hahahaha

    • I liked Tobias pretty well :) He’s a little too much the strong, silent type for my liking, but Triss was an equally strong character so I didn’t mind too much. Not a bad love interest, for sure!

  2. That stinks that you didn’t love it. I have no plans to read this book just because it’s not a genre that I enjoy and I know I won’t be crazy about it :(
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  3. The book probably isn’t for me either but I’m making note of Emma Galvin’s name.
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  4. Well. . . it’s a little more complicated if you end up finishing the series. . . You find out that life might not have just “evolved” into that. . . there may have been a bigger dystopian plan. . . .

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  5. Though my curiosity about this series they are not on my priority list. Seeing more and more reviews like yours does not really put it there either. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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