Divergent

Divergent

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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. Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first installment in the Divergent series-dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. Performed by Emma Galvin
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062067593
0062067591
Branch Call Number: HOOPLA DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 10 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Galvin, Emma

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NRGR
Mar 14, 2017

Basic and sparse language but excellent story and creative imagining of this dystopia. The reading of this version is very good. I saw the movie first and I'm not sure which I like better.

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jessica_reads
Feb 14, 2017

What can I say that hasn't already been said about DIVERGENT? The series has already finished, they've made 3 movies (and allegedly will have a semi-related TV series), and everybody who was going to review it already has, so why did I wait until now to read the first book?

To be honest, it was a roadtrip novel. My husband and I have vastly different reading tastes, and it was one of the only books we were both relatively interested in listening to together. We'd seen the movie, and the book obviously has a lot more detail (much of it gruesome) than was touched on in the film. It made for interesting conversation between the two of us as we listened to it, and it was light enough that if the passenger dozed off, the driver could get them caught up upon waking.

I'm glad that I finally got around to it, and I can use it more accurately in my readers advisory, but have decided to not pursue the rest of the series at this time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 30, 2016

A dystopian story about a girl in Chicago who feels likes she doesn't fit in.  Yeah, well, there is a reason for that.  She, and others of her kind could be dangerous to the society and that is why they must be killed.  They might also be society's only hope.  Tris cannot ever let anyone find out that she is Divergent. 3.5 Stars
- @bookworm2.1k of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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read_freak
Jul 10, 2016

I had to read this for a school project and when I picked up the book i was like i am never going to finish this in time. So I listened to it and I loved it! Awesome book!

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woundingtooth
Jun 02, 2016

good book

trixielab55 Oct 11, 2014

What a Hunger Games rip-off, from the marketing to the story line. How does Roth get away with this?

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thepudman
Aug 15, 2014

I found this to be a fast paced, entertaining book. At times it is like a teen romance, but I found the story and the idea of factions to be original.

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waltzingechidna
Aug 02, 2014

A little earnest in tone, and the character's blind spots seem, well, enormous; but the story is entertaining and the protagonist is both tough and vulnerable. Worth reading, and the audiobook version is very well made.

JCLHopeH Apr 29, 2014

Perhaps I've been listening to too many memoirs and nonfiction books lately because initially I had a hard time accepting the generally one-dimensional characters or the 18-year-old closet-romantic, knight-in-shining-armor boy. However, once I let go and escaped into Roth's dystopian Chicago, I got swept into the story. I'd first seen the movie, which rearranged a few events and skipped over a some interesting tidbits shared in the original novel, but the main plot was the same and very entertaining.

I think Roth intentionally and successfully shows that the characters' over-simplification of each other's qualities inhibits the realization of a richer, more meaningful life. The faction system, while fictional, makes the point that our real-life labels, stereotypes, and prejudices can dangerously neglect the diversity, complexity, beauty, and fun in each individual and group.

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Awesomestuffs
Apr 27, 2014

I have read the book twice and have seen the movie like 5 times hahaa....this book is what got me hooked onto this series. If you loved Hunger Games, you will love this one too though they are TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORIES. I am just saying that since there is a female protagonist and its a dystopia and there is a love interest and the stakes are high, it might be your type of book to read. I recommend this to anyone 14 and up.

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woundingtooth
Jun 02, 2016

good book but the movie is a bit off

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