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3.99999656020501 out of 53.99999656020501 out of 53.99999656020501 out of 53.99999656020501 out of 53.99999656020501 out of 5 4.00 (290,715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Veronica Roth Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Divergent Trilogy Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780062067593
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Divergent is a gripping story with a spunky heroine in a strangely believable dystopian world where people are divided into five groups—Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Beatrice, who is raised in Abnegation and taught to think of others before herself, secretly wants to be in Dauntless. When she turns sixteen, she is made to take a test to determine which group would be best for her and it turns out that, unlike most people, Beatrice doesn't only have one inclination. She doesn't fit neatly into one category; she is divergent.

In a world where everything is determined by what group you belong to, being divergent is dangerous. Beatrice must choose a group and, to her parents' disappointment, she chooses Dauntless. Her brother also chooses to leave Abnegation in favor of Erudite. After this, Beatrice's world is one test after another. First, she must build up her physical strength and prove how physically dauntless she is. Many initiates don't make it past this phase and they end up living on the outskirts of society. After this phase, Beatrice, or Tris, as she renames herself, must prove how mentally dauntless she is. It turns out that because of her divergence, she is mentally very strong and can overcome her fears easily.

However, life in Dauntless is always a little scary and there are threats of political upheaval in the background. Plus, Tris starts having feelings for her mentor at Dauntless, a boy named Four who, she later discovers, also came originally from Abnegation. Together, Tris and Four must keep an eye out for those who are more cruel than they are dauntless, and also prevent a political coup by the leaders of Erudite and Dauntless.

Tris is a very likable character, partly because she's so open to new experiences, moving from Abnegation into Dauntless. She really digs deep within herself to find that core of bravery which doesn't always come easy. On the outside, she develops a tough exterior, but she's still sensitive and cares for people. Throughout the book, there's a feeling that something sinister is going on and Tris and Four must keep an eye out to make sure that they don't get caught up in it. Plus, the romance between the two is quite touching at times, especially when Four lets Tris see all his inner fears so that she can know who he really is. Perhaps this act of opening up to the one you love is the most dauntless of them all.

Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, is a graduate of Northwestern University's Creative Writing program. In 2011, she married photographer Nelson Fitch and they currently live in the Chicago area where Divergent is also set. Roth has written a sequel to Divergent named Insurgent and book three in the series is forthcoming in the fall of 2013. The movie version of Divergent, starring Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley is set to release in 2014. On her website, Roth claims that although she hopes that she would choose Dauntless just like her heroine does, she thinks she's much more likely to choose Abnegation.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating, fascinating book.”

    James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

  • Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety—the painful realization that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.”

    New York Times

  • “Edgy…Roth’s descriptions of Tris’ initiation process are as spellbinding as they are violent, while the tremulous romance between Tris and her protective and demanding instructor, Four, unfurls with heart-stopping tenderness. For those who loved The Hunger Games and are willing to brave the sometimes sadistic tests of strength and courage Tris must endure, the reward is a memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Emma Galvin’s blunt narration of this dystopian novel portrays Tris’ gruff exterior as she defies expectations, her own included, with her choice. Galvin conveys Tris’ emotional growth as she moves through a brutal initiation, making new friends and finding first love. Though Galvin’s narration is concentrated on giving Tris the perfect voice, she never neglects the secondary characters. Poignant moments with Tris’ mother and Four, her leader and love, are subtly nuanced to let listeners hear the terror Tris often hides. When she discovers a plot to overthrow the government, the pace never slackens, and listeners will hold their breath waiting to see if she can survive the day.”

    AudioFile

  • “While Divergent will attract fans of The Hunger Games, Roth’s nonstop action, excellent voice, and simple yet accessible writing style will draw in many new readers to the genre. The themes are particularly poignant for young adults trying to identify their place in the world—having the choice to follow in your parents’ footsteps or do something new. The budding relationship between Beatrice and her trainer will entice those with a taste for romance as well as action. This is a fast-paced and fun read.”

    VOYA

  • “Roth paints her canvas with the same brush as Suzanne Collins. The plot, scenes, and characters are different but the colors are the same and just as rich. Fans of Collins, dystopias, and strong female characters will love this novel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Roth is wisely merciless with her characters…[and] there is no doubt readers will respond to the gutsy action and romance.”

    Booklist

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Summer 2011 Indie Next List for Young Adults
  • Nominated as an ALA Top Book for Teens in 2012
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2011 RT Award for Best Young Adult Protagonist
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children’s Fiction
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A 2011 NPR Best Book
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A 2012 Booklist Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/2/2014

    " Action packed novel written in a similar style to the Hunger Games. I enjoyed it and it was a fast read! Looking forward to reading book two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/2/2014

    " Amazing! The elements of both violence and love are perfectly intertwined. I love the fact that this is not a love triangle and more of a love story unfolding. All of the factions strengths are not explicit other than Abnegation and Dauntless. The ending caught me off guard. One scene really broke my heart because of the outcome of the situation. Overall, one on my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/29/2014

    " I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. I read an article about the upcoming film and decided I might as well bump Divergent up the reading list and I am so glad I did. The storyline drew me in and would not let me go. I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting and am about to do the same with Insurgent. It's gonna be an all nighter folks and I am looking forward to it. The curiosity about what will happen to all the different characters is killing me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra | 1/29/2014

    " I loved loved loved this book! it was completely insane and almost hurt physically to put it down. Seriously Divergent is like an obsession of mine. I can't thank Veronica Roth enough for writing it :). Divergent is definitely for people who are into the whole dystopian thing (duh) and romance and strength and.... agh!!!! i need her to come out with the third book in the series. i loved divergent so much i immediately went to barnes and noble to get the collectors edition of insurgent after reading this entire book in about a span of like 2 days. definitely one of my favs and i'd absolutely reccomend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Toby | 1/27/2014

    " Amazing! I love this book and just enough description for my taste. I want to learn more about the other factions which I think will happen in Insurgent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esh Sarah Mae | 1/18/2014

    " The book seems borig and slow paced in the beginning at as soon as the choosing of faction happens eveything gets really exciting and interesting!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki Harris | 1/7/2014

    " This is my daughters book, but when I read it I was totally engrossed for the duration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 1/7/2014

    " I'm in love with Four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantel Fatorma | 11/19/2013

    " I love This book. I can't stop reading and want to find out what will happen next. It's so interesting and recommend anybody to read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anonymous Luke | 11/8/2013

    " Too many expectations can lead to bigger disappointments. I don't understand the hype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Suttles | 11/1/2013

    " It was pretty good. Don't want to read the sequel. Will if it gets popular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel H | 10/24/2013

    " I think that this book is amazing. It grabs your attention in the beginning of the book and holds on to it throughout the entire book. Definitely one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 9/1/2012

    " A page turner for sure, a great dystopian and futuristic setting with a female protagonist that was born to be different. I really like this genre and recommend it if you do too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keana | 8/16/2012

    " This book was absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Veronica roth has got some serious talents! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/28/2012

    " I didn't thrill me. I predicted the twists, thought the characters were somewhat transparent, and the delivery lacklustre. Not sorry to have read it, but I won't read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 5/4/2012

    " Really good. It's like The Hunger Games meets The Giver meets The Bourne Identity all in one. A superb futuristic adventure. Which, turns out, I'm a sucker for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Wood | 12/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It does have similarities to Delirium, but a good read none the less :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/26/2011

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it! A lot of people compared this book to "Hunger Games" and while there are some similarities, this book is uniquely different. I love Beatrice (Tris) and I especially like how the book shows the evolution of who she is and how she changes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 10/11/2011

    " Great book, very reminiscent of The Hunger Games, but a little less isolated, if that makes any sense. The relationship between the hero and the heroine makes sense, which doesn't always happen in YA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/4/2011

    " Wow. I haven't had a book keep me up until 2 am two nights in a row in a long time. glad I picked up this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jevgeni | 5/23/2011

    " Well a good book with some similarities with Hunger Games but for my taste not good enough to really compare it with first HG which was masterpiece to me.Starting from chapter 30 my interest raised a bit but before that I was kind of bored because of action absence.But hey that's me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabine | 5/23/2011

    " This book was awesome. Pretty much action packed from. Start to finish, the characters were well developed and the ending left me wanting more. Two thumbs up.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 5/23/2011

    " I never thought I would be able to find a book as good as the hunger games. But this was amazing. Veronica Roth did an excellent job. Can't wait for the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2011

    " I loved this book I finshed it the day I stated it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/22/2011

    " Great YA read. Like the Hunger Games, only not as graphically violent. Definitely one of the best dystopias I've read in the onslaught that has followed Collins' trilogy. It's a little predictable, but Roth doesn't shy away from pulling the hard punches like killing off beloved characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/22/2011

    " Not quite as good as The Hunger Games, but much better than Matched. The story gets a tad slow at times, but picks up towards the end. Definitely worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/22/2011

    " Seriously so awesome I can't even begin to explain! I loved it. Great world building, strong characters, excellent Dystopic voice, suspenseful plot. Favorite book in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2011

    " This is a 4.5 for me. I really loved it. It was hard to put down, and both the story and the writing were awesome. It really does live up to all the hype...in a sea of very "been there, done that" dystopian books right now, this one truly stands out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/22/2011

    " This is probably closer to 2 stars than 4..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 5/22/2011

    " Read this for my YA book club for Adults. It was a fast pace good read. Very much like the Hunger Games and at the end you are left with a lot of questions for the next book to fill in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/22/2011

    " 4.5 Stars.
    Divergent is the best book I've read in a while. I think it's the best dystopian book I've read since the Hunger Games series. I loved Tris and I loved Four. The story line was compelling and this book really made me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phelicia | 5/21/2011

    " Took a little while to really get into, but once I was hooked I couldn't put it down. If you loved The Hunger Games, you will love this book. "

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