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.

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Filed under Dystopian, Fiction, Young Adult

2 responses to “Soundbites About Divergent

  1. I loved this book, and read the second book in the series, too, though never made it to the third book for some reason. I should always wait until a series is fully published before reading, because otherwise I end up with not reading the last book(s) of the series.

    • I’m the same way! I think I read this series after it was completely published, but it’s definitely true in general that I’m likely to abandon a series if it’s not yet finished when I read it.

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