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.
©2010 Ally Condie (P)2010 Penguin
This isn't the Hunger Games. There isn't a lot of crazy death-defying action, but I think it is a very interesting read on a possible society (in that regard, like the Hunger Games). It isn't officially stated, but it is a commentary on communism (at least in my mind) that kinda worked well, only you see a lot of the flaws in its principals of why everyone isn't happy getting exactly the same everything and having their life controlled to nth degree. I found it very well thought out and interesting. I enjoyed the narrator, the story and the writing style.
This story is so slow and boring. The idea was good but it never really moved anywhere. Mostly the people wonder around confused and questioning their life's
NOTHING LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES
Everyone is raving about this book, but it was just okay for me. The narrator drove me crazy (she sounded like a 13-year-old who inhaled helium), and the book was repetitive at times, which was irritating (they beat the whole "Do Not Go Gentle" quote to death, which irritated me because I have a special attachment to that poem - just one example). I'm sick of reading books about futuristic societies squashing all human and civil rights and controlling people to the Nth degree. The concept of destroying all things historical offends me, too (especially books). Kind of tired subject matter for me...I think I'm over the whole Dystopian Literature phenomenon at this point ("The Hunger Games" trilogy exhausted the genre for me). I wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read it in my hands versus listened on audiobook, but I doubt it.
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