In a perfect world, there would be no disease, no hunger, no poverty. Everyone would have a job that was suited perfectly for his or her skills and personality. All would live a full life until the age of 80. Families would love and support each other. Everyone would feel safe. Cassia Reyes lives in such a world. Life for her is perfect. But something goes wrong when she is matched, her future spouse is chosen for her, and for the first time she has to make a choice; a choice that opens her mind to the possibility of choice and error. When one choice leads to another, Cassia realizes that maybe her world isn’t as perfect as she and the Officials in the Society try to make it seem. And while at first she believes her choices only impact her, she soon sees that the people she loves the most will also be affected by her choices.
Utah author Ally Condie has created a romance with depth that is hard to put down. It would be a great companion to The Giver by Lois Lowry or Anthem by Ayn Rand. This romance does not have a happy ending, and will make you want to know more.
Review by Rosanne Markham, West Lake Jr. High School Media Center
Dutton / Penguin
Release Date: November 30, 2010