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. - From GoodReads
This is probably the best book I've read in a while. At least since November. The society was fascinating but also, scarily realistic. I could easily see how some of the things we're even doing today evolve into the programs talked about in this book. (Which is of course, I think, how the author gets there herself).
Cassia was really likeable, and I grew with her. From her blind acceptance of this is how things her, to the point in which she goes, "hey this isn't fair," to her desire to resist. It all flowed beautifully. The relationships were just very well written.
And best of those, the love story was believable and I saw it develop organically. It made SENSE given the scenarios the teenagers were in. That was so refreshing. Most YA novels these days, girl sees guy and WHAM - instantly just loves him.
This book was not like that.
Also, I know the summary sort of eludes to a love triangle. But it was not like that. Cassia did not start out loving Ky, she knew she was Matched with Xander. She wanted to start her life with Xander, she was excited about that. But as her friendship with Ky grows, she starts to realize that Xander was never HER choice, someone had choosen him for her, from the very beginning. She doesn't really have a "I love him, no I love him" dialogue (which I appreciated). The only conflict (I thought) is between her desire to maintain the status quo, and find her independence.
My other favorite part ... that learning to write is the turning point. Throughout history, it seems to me that writing, books, learning are the first things that people start to demand when they want to be free. It was cool. I don't even know how to explain what I'm thinking here.
This book makes me think about banning books and burning books. Governments that control people are always burning books, keeping people ignorant. You can not be free and keep people from books. Any books. I also found it intriguing that the Society picked 100 books, 100 poems, 100 paintings, 100 songs ... and that was all there was. So sad.
As with all books these days, this is part of a trilogy (why make money on one when you can make money on three - rolls eyes). The second one comes out in the Fall. I don't know how I'm going to stand it.
Because I HAVE to find out what happens next. Seriously.