My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cassia has finally reached one of the biggest nights of her life, her matching ceremony. In a futuristic society (I’m assuming American), the government has come up with the perfect way to protect its citizens from the consequences of making bad decisions. And how have they done that? By taking away their ability to choose in the first place. Not only do they tell you who your perfect match is, they tell you what job you should have and what food you should eat. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds, especially when Cassia and her family have never known life differently.
Cassia is content when the matching system puts her with her lifetime best friend and neighbor, Xander. But when a glitch in the system shows Cassia another match–one she can never have–the perfect life Cassia has grown up believing in seems a lot less than ideal. That along with a message from her dying grandfather to “not go gentle into that good night” causes Cassia to turn to the match she wasn’t meant to see, to question the authorities, and even to break a few rules. Before she knows it, Cassia finds herself wanting the one thing she can’t ever have: a choice.
I’ve got to say, I like this one. Short, simple, and yet it totally has me intrigued.
1) Darn these romantic triangles. I’m tired of reading about the totally awesome best-friend-guy who wants to be more and could be if the girl wasn’t so hung up on the handsome, mysterious boy she’s not supposed to be with. Surely others have noticed this pattern in young-adult literature.
2) While Ky was great and all, sweet and sincere and clearly cared about Cassia, I can’t say that I really fell for him. He’s a great kid, don’t get me wrong. And many girls would be lucky to have his sweet fictional self, I find myself sort of “eh” about him, personally. I guess there was just something missing there for me.
1) I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again. I love futuristic and dystopian novels. I love seeing the future through someone else’s eyes. And I absolutely love seeing all the different ways authors can turn the government into the ultimate bad guy.
2) The best part is that this one was unique. I’ve read many books like this before, but none that concentrate on a person’s right to chose quite like this one has…though an interesting movie called TiMER does come to mind(it’s streaming on Netflix).
3) You know how picky I am about my protagonists. I’m happy to say that this one didn’t drive me nuts near as much as many of the others have and will continue to in the future. I just feel like I have to point out a likeable female protagonist in my reviews these days.
1) Considering how popular this series has been, I’m going to assume most of you already know what is going to happen anyways. But here we go. The most I can say is that Cassia is going to have to go out there into the Outer Provinces and try to find him.
2) Because I can read the description of the next book, I know that she won’t find him. But she’ll spend the rest of the book looking for him. Things won’t be as she thought, and she’ll start to question her decision again. Especially when Xander comes in and ends up being the totally awesome guy that she could maybe see herself with. Naturally, this is all because Ky is nowhere to be found and Cassia will be naive and vulnerable to lies and misinformation (not to accuse Xander of lying, he seems better than that to me).
3) In the end, of course, it will be Ky–though maybe not until the last book. Cassia will bring the government down and people will realize how awful it was and they can have the chance to choose how they live their lives if they want to. Yay happy endings!!