In the Society, Officials decide what you eat, where you work, when you die, even who you will marry. Now that Cassia is seventeen, she goes to her Match ceremony to find that her Match is her best friend, Xander. Things could not be more perfect. But when Cassia opens her microcard next day, it is not Xander’s face that appears. She is assured by an Official is that it is a mistake, that her Match really is Xander. From that day on, however, she cannot stop thinking about the other boy’s face that showed up on the screen. The result is a dangerous amount of thinking about Ky, the boy who could never be her Match. Cassia must decide if the Society really knows what’s best… or if she’s better off deciding for herself.
Yes, it’s another utopian/dystopian teen novel. But I liked it! I’ll admit, I haven’t read The Giver, so I can’t compare the two books. (It’s at home, and I promise I’ll read it soon.) Although there were many negative reviews for this book on Goodreads and Amazon, it’s a 2013-2014 Golden Sower nominee and appeared on NPR’s 100 Best Ever Teen Novels readers’ poll located here http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels. It is a quick read, it has lots of teen appeal, and I liked it enough to check out the sequel, Crossed as soon as I got to work today.
5 out of 5 stars