I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 07/03/18
My 20th book this year)
Society has rules for every aspect of life, every choice, every step, how well you respond and react to things are recorded and when you turn 17, you are “matched” with your best possible partner across the provinces. For a better future, a better community, the best results, the best predicted outcomes for every individual.
Cassia is paired with Xander, her best friend since forever, such a rare outcome for people from the same province to be paired. But still, just like all the other matches, they both get a microchip filled with everything about themselves for their pair to know. Cassia’s microchip seems to have a problem, more than once face appears on hers. She knows the other face as well. She knows Ky. These types of mistakes almost never happen. Now Cassia is unsure if her match is perfect after all, because people usually only see one perfect image.
Cassia’s life seems to entwine with both Xander and Ky. Her heart is confused. She knows Xander is her perfect match, but she wonders about Ky. She begins to doubt society and its rules. The way it controls every aspect of life, up to and including the death of each individual when they turn 80 years of age.
Cassia needs to sort herself out. Follow the rules and continue the way she is supposed to live, or rebel, break the rules and lose everything and everyone she cares for.
I love dystopian societies, I love the way life could have turned out completely different to how we live now. People DO follow rules, people also break rules, but to what extent can people be controlled in life?
This book made me stop and think. Dying on your 80th birthday. Knowing it is your last day, being able to live a healthy lifestyle up until this day, being able to prepare to say goodbye to loved ones. Is it better than not knowing?
Having your partner chosen for you according to statistics. Your perfect match. You are told who to be with, your meals are made up for you depending on what nutrients your body requires. Your job is chosen for you, all you do is listen and follow instructions. But is this really a life worth living? Having no actual choices in what you do, how to feel, how to behave.
This novels’ biggest fault was how easy it was for Cassia to have feelings for Ky, just by seeing his face appear on screen. I would have preferred a more elaborate way for them to have feelings for one another. Then Xander and his reactions were too docile.
I would recommend this book to others, but no with great enthusiasm. I am very much willing to read book two of the series, so I guess this was a job well done for Ally Condie.
Written by Ling Lee (07/03/18).