by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Reviewer Rating:
4
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I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this book drew me into its spell--even after the first few pages, I didn't want to put it down!  I finished it in a day and started on the second in the series.

This is the story of a girl who lives in a distant future America where everything is controlled by the government, from the food that is eaten to who is a genetically ideal mate.  Virtually nothing is left to choice or free will, but we are starting to see the threads of this foundation begin to unravel.  Nothing is as it seems, and like The Hunger Games and Divergent, it is up to the teenagers to help right the wrongs that society has made.

The characters are very likable, and I flew through the story to find out what would happen next.  Cassia, the main character, becomes conflicted very early on in the story and works to figure out both who Society wants her to be and who she really is.  It's a wonderful coming of age story about being true to your heart even when everyone else wants you to be someone else.

There is romance in the story, but very limited physical interactions between the characters.  It is tame both on the violence and romance spectra.

I would happily recommend this story to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games or Divergent series or who enjoys Young Adult dystopian fantasy.  It might have greater appeal to girls because of there being a female main character.

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