Author: Allie Condie
Release Date: November 30 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Page Count: 369
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. -GoodReads
How would you feel if in the blink of a computer screen, your best friend, whom you’ve had a crush on your whole life, was suddenly that was chosen for you to spend the rest of your life with? This is Cassia’s life after her Matching Ceremony on seventeenth birthday. This should be the happiest day of her life but for Cassia it’s a little anticlimactic. While all of her friends are learning things about their Matches via the microchip they’ve been given Cassia is hesitant, feeling like she knows everything about Xander already. Little does she know that a single face and “glitch” in the microchip will change her world as she knows it.
Cassia to me was a little boring, almost like a Stepford Wife, in the beginning. She did everything she was told and was the Society’s biggest supporter. She believes in this system that to her knowledge works. Her parents are happy. Her and her family are healthy, what the Society is doing is a good thing. It isn’t until she sees Ky on the microchip, that I was intrigued by the bravery in her. Ky brings out a strong, rebellious side of Cassia, that I didn’t think was coming.