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.
My Thoughts:What if you lived in a society that decides everything for you: where you work, who you love, when you die? Cassia does. She always went along with what the society told her. But now Cassia finds that sometimes you have to follow your heart even if it is not what is “correct”.
Now of course there is a love triangle.First there is Xander Carrow. He is the “golden boy”. He has looks, brains, and personality. He is Cassia’s childhood friend and to everyone’s surprise, her match (as decided by society). But then there is Ky. He is a mystery. When Cassia goes to view her match’s data, Ky’s face appears. The officials insure her that it was a mistake, because there is no way that Ky could even have a match. He is an aberration, someone that has committed, or parents committed in Ky’s case, an infraction against the society. They are still kept within the city and very few people know of their status. But because of that mistake in the system Cassia is tempted to learn more about Ky.
In this book Cassia struggles to decide which boy to love. She could go with Xander, who was her childhood friend and her match. Or, she could go with Ky, which would be against the rules of society, yet in some ways it feels worth it to her. Ky is a mystery but one she loves. Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society 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.
I personally loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who liked The Hunger Games. But this book has much less violence and more romance.