All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
I think if I was a teenage girl and/or hadn't read a number of girl-YA-dystopian novels, I would have liked this more. Hmmm... that might be another way of saying that I think this was pretty good, but I don't think it was unexpected or particularly unique.
I like that it sets up a female protagonist who is discovering herself. I like that she is trying to balance the tensions between what she has always believed in (family, Society, Xander) with new discoveries (Ky, Grandfather's revelations, a mistake in her Match).
But having read the Hunger Games, and Delirium (especially Delirium!) this just doesn't feel new. I'm pretty sure I can predict everything that's going to happen along the way. I'll still support and encourage my daughter (and my son, if he wants to read it) to enjoy it when she reaches the right age, because good female characters on journeys of self-discovery are important role models.
But at 43, I don't need to spend any more time here, myself.
I think this book is fantastic, although it’s written very simplistically, so it ends up feeling more like a middle-grade novel even though the characters are about seventeen. It’s very like Uglies, by Scott Westerfield, in that way. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that for some reason, everybody in this book knows how to read, but not how to write. This is very hard for me to suspend my disbelief to, because how do you learn how to read but not how to write??
A friend of mine had read this book and said it was really good. I decided to read it too and I ended up really liked it. It was a lot like The Giver but with a few changes. I would definitely recommend this!
This was a beautiful book with such great meaning. You should probably read "The Giver" first though, as a prep so it will help you understand the deep meaning hidden inside this book. Even though I sadly did not read the giver, I loved the book anyway!!!!
I loved this book. I got it for Christmas, never having heard of it before. But I fell in love with it. This book is definitely better than the second book, and I'll have to wait and see about the third.
Im starting it now. I already LOVE it! Its sad, but happy to! If you want to read I recommend to only read it depending on Maturity Level. Its really cute near the begining and might get you a little confused but you will understand it near the end (A Friend told me) :D
I'm a sucker for an interesting looking cover and I also loved "The Giver," so I thought this would be a fun read. It's definitely a Young Adult book, so if you're looking for a little teen angst and romance, this might be your thing. If you're looking to explore deeper into the intricacies of Utopian society, pass this one up.