This is one of the books that tied for the February poll of what my lovely readers wanted to see me read and review.
The setting is very generic dystopian: a Society that controls everything, and is always watching. The slight difference between this tyrannical government and the others in dystopian books is that is relies heavily on sciences and statistics. People are given carefully controlled portions of food with the exact amount they personally need. Treadmills keep track of the people on them, making sure they don’t exceed the amount of exercise that they need, or if they don’t keep pace the way they should. People are “matched” (arranged for marriage) based on their genetics and personal data. In this world, there are very few relics of the past – people can’t handwrite anymore, they can’t choose how to dress, and everything is very technology-heavy (yes, it appears even more so than today). It was a very slightly different way of creating a dystopian society.
Eventually Cassia’s feelings are torn between her Match Xander, who is safe and predictable, and Ky, who can never be a Match for anyone and who has a mysterious history. This is where the book really starts to pick up – Cassia becomes a much more real character, the Society starts to look a lot more sinister, and there are big choices to be made.
Though the book started off really slow and kind of generic (or maybe it’s that there’s so many dystopain books out now they all start to look the same?), by the end I definitely wanted more, and wanted to see how Cassia would proceed and if she would succeed in her endevours. Unfortunately I’ll have to wait until the sequel, Crossed, to find out more.
First half of the book – 2 stars
Last half of the book – 4 stars