Author: Ally Condie
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 3 and a half stars
Review: I got this book from my local library, and honestly? I was expecting to enjoy it more than I did.
Set in a dystopian world where the goverment decides what your optimal age is for getting married, having kids, dying, and where they decide who you marry, everything seems ideal. Nothing is left to chance. Cassia’s Matching seems to go perfectly – she gets paired with her best friend, who’s pretty awesome in his own right – but then things start happening, and she isn’t sure what’s right.
Am I the only who thinks that Cassia’s a very unlikable character? I just found her to be so damn irritating in so many ways. I mean, all she had to do was be with Xander, and not poke her nose into anything else. Yet she couldn’t even do that. I just didn’t like her throughout the book.
I liked Ky Markham though – he was, in my opinion, one of the the few characters who didn’t have the personality of a robot. I really liked the writing scenes, because it showed Ky’s personality, not his social status, and that he really does have a heart.
I’m rating this book as a ‘three-and-a-half stars’ book, because even through the good parts of the book, I think it’s too similar to other dystopian books out there at the moment – a goverment who has changed a lot, but over the generations, it’s become normal even though it’s messed up.
I probably won’t read the second one, but if you like dystopians, I recommend at least trying this one. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it more than I did.