Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
# of Pages: 369 pages
RAC Book: Yes
Cassia lives in a perfect society where everyone has the same clothes, houses, food, and education. Everyone is watched by the officials to make sure they are behaving correctly and following all the rules. When Cassia goes to her match ceremony to find out who the officials have chosen to be her perfect match she is shocked when it turns out to be her best friend. She is even more surprised later when another boy’s face appears on her match’s ID card. Can the society make mistakes? Do they have a choice in ANY aspect of their lives?
This book resembles societies in books like The Giver, but delves a little deeper into a world where literally everything is chosen for you and nothing is really yours. Everyone must follow orders about every aspect of their lives down to how they spend their free time. Disease, pollution, and drug dependency are all a thing of the past, but is it okay to live people’s lives for them? Condie creates a great series here with characters that readers will want to know more about. It also encourages readers to think about the choices they make everyday and the way they choose to live their lives. This book is bound to find a following and could be great for classroom reads as well.