My Review: I, personally, was not such a big fan of this book. I picked it up, thinking it would be a good dystopian read---the hype about it was crazy, after all---but I found it lacking. The world was HIGHLY dystopian, but Condie never really delved deep into it, leaving me confused about many aspects of it (such as sleep tags: what do they look like? Feel like? Why are they used?, etc). I didn't really like the main character, Cassia. I found her a tad boring and just the slightest bit annoying. Her personality got a little better towards the end of the book, so hopefully she'll be better in the next book. I also disliked how the whole entire book revolved around the romance. The interactions with Xander and Ky were interesting, but I would have liked to have learned about Cassia's world, more. It was still okay, however, and I did finish it---and I will read the other books, if merely out of curiosity as to what happens, because Condie hints that the next book will be more action-packed (whereas this book was more like action-LACKED).
Cover: I will admit it: the cover is gorgeous! It's beautiful and it definitely draws you in. I like the simplicity and elegance of it; it really goes with how Cassia's dystopian world is like: neat and clean. I've seen the cover of the next book (Crossed, out in stores November 1st, 2011), and it's just as beautiful!
Overall Grade: C+