by Allie Condie
Cassia has trusted those around her to run her life. The Society makes all decisions, using data that is collected in every possible way, and she's fine with that. When her matching ceremony occurs, and her best friend Xandar's face shows up on the screen, she is relieved that the Society's plan seems perfect for her. She just needs to figure out how to ignore the fact that Xandar's wasn't the only face to show on the screen-a boy she barely knows, a loner and an outsider named Kyle, was there before. She knows she should be logical, agree that it was a rare malfunction as the Society tells her, and move on. But she can't.
I loved the cover of this book, and that is what compelled me to finally buy it after picking it up multiple times. I was surprised that this didn't end up being the cheesy, love-triangle story that I expected. The complications at the matching ceremony do lead to romance, but the story seems to be more about the importance of finding out who you are-being the one who makes that choice-and not allowing someone else that right, even if it is just easier.