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 was an amazing book. A dystopian society reminiscent of Lois Lowry's "The Giver", which I did not enjoy, probably because of the lack of romance involved. This new society is split into different providences of society, and then there is the outer society where nothing is as heavily controlled. Everything is controlled in this society; Music, poetry, books, everything is limited to quantities of 100. That means there are only 100 songs, 100 poems, and 100 books. Imagine living in such a world? I can't! Everything is predicted, even the person who you will end up with. Cassia Reyes has waited her whole life for her match, and when she finds her match is her best friend Xander, she is thrilled. Another face flashes across the screen, Ky, and she finds that not having a choice is wrong as she begins to fall for him. In a world where everything is controlled, even love, Cassia must fight for who she truly wants against all odds and because of this becomes a changed girl by the end of the story. No longer the ignorant girl of the utopian society, but a girl who really knows what's going on and is willing to do anything to stop it. This makes her a fantastic, strong main character. I know that if i were faced in such situations as she does in the book, i wouldn't be able to handle it. And she surprisingly is, even though she wasn't raised to be a fighter.
I could definitely see this book becoming a book that readers get so attached to that they pick teams. Team Xander or Team Ky. But i feel like the decision is too easy for it to really be a big dilemma. I won't even tell you what team I'm on, you'll have to figure it out yourself. Who am i to sway your decision? The romance in this book is beautiful. Not because there's a lot of description of "romantic, touch & sexy" moments, but because of little things they say and do for each other. There are only about two kissing scenes in the whole book, making this a very innocent love story, very pure. And that's what makes it gorgeous to me. So wonderful.
There was absolutely nothing about this book that I didn't love and it was un-put-downable. READ IT.
ALSO: notice the switch up to this review?
I'm gonna start saying how i got this book and such cause i see it on other book blogs and i feel like i should copy them. :D Like?