In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
This was a tame book. Mostly it was okay, but it was sprinkled with things that I really liked and the ending, in my opinion, was really good. That’s what elevated it from three, to four, stars.
Things I liked about it:
- The character development with Cassia was great. She started off as someone who agreed with The Society and saw its benefits. But she slowly came to see the flaws in the system. There was no epiphany. It happened gradually and I liked it.
- The writing was quite beautiful. There were quite a few moments or scenes when I really liked how the author presented them. Ally Condie is a good author.
- It would have been so easy to write a love triangle into the book. The author didn’t do it and I appreciate that.
- I liked how we didn’t start off hating the society. Most of the time, in dystopian novels, the government is wrong we know it from the beginning. Here, we also saw some ways in which The Society was right. It was interesting.
- This quote (which is absolutely beautiful):
“There’s more to say, but we’re learning how to speak. Together we step out of the trees. Not touching. Not yet.”
The things I didn’t like were that it was a bit slow at times. And I think it doesnn’t work as well as a standalone. It’s very dependent on the rest of the books. I know it is part of a series but I still feel that every book should also be able to, at least, somewhat stand on its own, especially if it’s the first book in a series.
Overall, I really liked the book and I’m interested to know what will happen in the next one.