Mar 12, 2011
Author: Ally Condie
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 30, 2010)
First off, I have to say that this is a very pretty book. Eye catching when you first come across it. The cover art and colors in general are very soothing. Of course the green goes along with the green pill in the story - the pill that calms you down.
Many people may start to compare this book to the other young adult dystopian society series - The Hunger Games, but this is definitely more along the lines of A Brave New World.
Everyone is bland, calm, secure in the equality of the world and the fact that the government cares for them. They are assigned jobs based on their talents (some jobs appear completely made up just to occupy the mind.), they are assigned recreation time, their food - not just what they eat but how much........they are told when they will die. They are also assigned their mates. They are matched.
But now and again glitches occur. Cassia is told her match, her good friend Xander, who's she's known forever. But when she puts in the microchip to see his information another face pops up on the screen. Ky, the boy down the street.
Does Cassia take the government worker's word that it was a strange mistake and means nothing, or will she start to actually question the government that claims to know what's good for them...regardless of their thoughts?
This book is definitely set up for a series and I'm sure that many will be ready to follow Cassia on her journey.