Finding time in my too busy collection to fit reading a fiction book, that was not about crime, criminological theories or psychological theories - believe me it was a breath of fresh air!
About the book...
The cover of the book is very plain with a centred image of a young woman in a green dress, trapped in a bubble it looks like. It is very appealing and straightforward and looks something like this:
'In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.'
Written by Ally Condle, a first time novelist I was already excited to delve in from the many reviews I have read on the book. It is your typical love story boy meets girl, but with an added twist.
Cassia (the main character) lives in a world where society has been stripped of its entirety and made simplistic to ensure its main purpose of survival. By matching boys and girls according to what society deems acceptable, by removing and creating people based on perfect genes. However there are still some anomalies, who do not quite fit the societal's perfect image, which see's Cassia involved with in a more than unusual way, causing her to realise and start to question the high-powered society.
It took me a while to get used to the authors writing style, and honestly took me a while to enjoy the book as well. Some of the descriptions took a while to explain and some of the storyline was hard to follow but despite the differences of writing style, it was not hard to develop pictures of the characters, scenes, or settings and eventually falling in love with all the characters in the book or maybe it was just me creating my own storyline.
I ended the book with two minds. One wanting to read the second book, to see how the characters develop and to see the outcome of the book and two, I just really could not wait to finish the book just to say I have read it. It was a very contradictory love/hate relationship.
I would not personally rush out to buy this book, but it gave great insight and made you think what if the world was really like this. Maybe I am getting too old to enjoy teen genres, but I'd give this a secret corner rating of 5/10.
Would I recommend? Yes I would, remember it is my own opinion you might think something different!