In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

3 STARS out of 5
TITLE: Divergent
AUTHOR: Veronica Roth
GENRE: Young Adult

Um, okay. So I finished Divergent. Big deal.  With all the hype surrounding this book last year, I thought I was missing a lot. Guess not.

Book 1 done and I still haven't really bought the whole 5 factions stuff. I wished that the author had allotted more time for world-building because I was really craving to connect with the characters.

I'm giving this book 3 stars. Though I finished this, reading this book actually seemed like an effort for me. I tried to really really like this, since most people really do care about this book; and I feel that there must be something in here that deserves a certain attachment for the YA dystopian fiction.

But I was disappointed.

All throughout, I feel like I'm watching a soap with my poker face on; ready to bolt from the television anytime, not caring what's next for these characters.

I read this purely for the entertainment value, and I will surely devour the next book for the same reason.

Since I would like to hunt for another series to love aside from the trilogy that took the world by storm, I'm really hoping that the next book will somehow change my mind about this genre.