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Other books in series or Standalone: First in a trilogy. The second book, Crossed, will be released in November 2011 and the third (still untitled) is due out in November of 2012
First Impressions: I was SUPER excited for this book. From the description, it sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, a dystopian tale filled with romance and rebellion. Cassia lives in a world where The Society dictates every aspect of your life, leaving you no choice or real free will. Everything is chosen for you, including who you marry. At her Match Banquet, Cassia is shown the face of the boy she is to marry, and it turns out to be her best friend Xander. But then for a brief moment, another face flashes before her (the face of her friend Ky), leading her to question the choice that has been made for her and what exactly The Society is up to. The book had a ton of buzz, so I figured it would be pretty great.
Last Impressions: One of the things I found most interesting about this book was how choice was so completely taken away. It’s not just that you can’t choose who to marry; The Society has also limited the culture so as not to “overwhelm” the people with too many choices. They have narrowed things down to The Hundreds, meaning that there are now only 100 songs, 100 movies, 100 poems, and so on. It was interesting to watch Cassia go from thinking that this isn’t a bad thing to raging against it after her beloved grandfather gives her a poem that isn’t one of the 100 and is therefore forbidden. I really liked their relationship and what she learns from it.
Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): Ky teaching Cassia to write. Very sweet, and yet another reminder of how The Society restricts people’s actions (no one is allowed to write, only type into their Scribes).
Least Favorite Moment: I don’t want to say because it’s a big spoiler! But it involves someone getting his/her heart broken, and it made me sad. And that’s all I will say.
Thoughts on the bookcover: LOVE the cover! Such a pretty picture, and with the girl in the bubble it’s a good visual image of what the book is about (because Cassia is very much trapped in the safe protective bubble of the Society).
People who should read this: Anyone who likes a good love triangle or enjoys dystopian stories filled with rebellion and intrigue