Author: Ally Condie
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Subject: Controlled society, love
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release date: November, 2010
Length: 384 pages
I got this book: From the library
"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."
This is my first dystopia novel I have read, so my view on this book might be strongly influenced by that fact. I have seen the concept of a controlled society mainly in movies before. Reading about such a society feels strange. Some things are really hard to grasp and it amazes me that people just go with so many things being controlled in their lives. I found it a fascinating read which I really enjoyed. I heard that this book is very similar to some other books within the same genre, but because this is my first book within this genre, I think the concept is original and refreshing. I liked the fact that this book goes a lot about everyday life but that things are still so different than in the world that we live in, without it going over the top. Of course I know that some elements aren't real, still the story felt realistic to me. This book is perfect to curl up with on a fall afternoon, it is enjoyable but not too complicated.
I liked it!
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Other reviews: My review from Crossed, the 2nd book from this series.
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