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.
~ what we thought ~
l- i heard really great things about this series, and thought i would give it a try. it was an interesting dystopian world, it reminded me a lot of the novel brave new world in the way that the society was controlled not by outward oppression, but by “the society” convincing them that what they were doing was reaching perfection, making them think it was what they wanted. they don’t even realize how much of their freedom they’ve lost.
m- i completely agree. the dystopian world intrigued me. the way the society chose everything for the citizens and they really had no choice in anything concerning their own lives, unless of course it was free time but even then they were limited. this dystopian society was really interesting and i think i like the society/world ally condie created more than i actually liked the story. 😦
l- i tried really hard to find an emotional connection, but i felt like i was looking for something that wasn’t there. i connected with cassia, her character was well fleshed-out, but i didn’t understand her feelings in relation to other characters. i felt like she was just jumping from one emotional state to the next without us really understanding how she got there. that’s all i can really say without spoiling the plot. i definitely enjoyed it, i just didn’t find it as compelling as some other novels i’ve read in this genre.
*warning: moderate spoilers beyond this point*
m- i completely understand. i loved cassia but i felt as if she was just normal and didn’t have anything really compelling about her for me to like and connect to. i really love xander! he was the sweet, boy-next-door and best friend. i enjoyed how innocent his character was. he was always there for cassia but she always ended up pushing him away. for some reason xander was the only character i really connected to. how he was rejected without a chance. i feel as though that is how lots of things in life are and that connection made him my favorite character.
l- i definitely preferred xander over ky, and that’s what threw me off. i felt like i should have liked ky better, and i really tried, but i just didn’t. maybe i’ll understand more after crossed (the sequel). i definitely won’t say this isn’t a good book, it is, i think it’s well written and i enjoyed reading it. characters are always my favorite part of any story, either their personal journey or their relationships with the other characters, and that aspect of this story disappointed me. that caused me to not enjoy this book as much as i could have, considering the storyline was creative and interesting. i’m looking forward to reading the two sequels.
m- i enjoyed the story, as well. i love connecting to the story, finding something that i can relate to and connect me to the book. making me feel as if i am a part of it. this book i didn’t feel that way in this book. i wish i could have connected more and i tried but i just didn’t get the connection. this is definitely not a book to overlook, though. the book has a great story and just because we didn’t connect with the story doesn’t mean that you won’t. so please, give it a try. 🙂
l- i think what we’re trying to say is that it’s not that we don’t recommend it, we do. it’s just not our absolute-new-favorite-most-amazing-book-ever like some of the others we’ve read recently. it’s hard to explain, and it probably sounds like we’re contradicting ourselves, but don’t get us wrong. you could say, we are to this book as cassia is to xander. hahahaha. but unlike cassia, we gave it a chance. (we like xander. can you tell? 😉 )
rating! out of five stars: ***1/2
would we recommend it? yes.
we would love to hear your opinion! did you connect to the story? comment below! 🙂