Divergent

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 86,200 ratings

Summary

Enter a rigidly structured dystopian world and follow the saga of a girl who dares to make a choice for herself.

“One choice can transform you. One choice can destroy you. One choice will define you.” Veronica Roth’s thrilling young adult dystopian series Divergent is all about the choices that define us, the paths we choose to take, and the consequences of what we leave behind. In a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, citizens are defined by their factions, affiliations that separate people into personality-based classes: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Anyone who doesn’t fit into a faction is a threat to society. The Divergent trilogy follows one such person. Beatrice "Tris" Prior starts the series as a 16-year-old girl in search of her identity. To find her true self, she’ll be forced to make difficult decisions, defying the systems she’s known all her life and surprising even herself in the process.

And for fans of the Divergent series who are looking to hear more, Roth has written a companion volume of four stories. Four: A Divergent Collection gives listeners insight into the backstory of Tobias (a.k.a. Four). The first three stories take place prior to the events of the first novel, Divergent, and the fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel to the events of Divergent, offering up a fresh perspective and new information on the relationship between Tris and Tobias that listeners already know and love.  

Emma Galvin narrates the three original books in the Divergent trilogy, and she shines as the voice of Tris, the heroine of the series. Listeners say that Galvin’s narration excellently expresses the multi-faceted aspects of Tris’s personality—her vulnerability as a young girl and her strength as a warrior. Narrator Aaron Stanford joins Galvin for the third book in the trilogy, Allegiant, and commands the mic as the sole voice of the companion volume, Four.  

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