The Society looks pretty good, to an outsider. Sickness and disease have been eliminated. Everyone has a job, everyone has a place to live, and almost everyone gets “matched” according the statistical probability that two people will get along. We meet Cassia on the night of her matching ceremony, when 17 year olds are told who their match is. Cassia is happy when it turns out to be her best friend, Xander, but his microchip reveals another boy, Ky. Since The Society doesn’t make mistakes, this sets off a series of events that changes Cassia’s views on everything she thought was right.
I really enjoyed this book. The Society that Condie constructs seems very secure and orderly from the outside, but through Cassia’s eyes we see the cracks that start to show when a very tightly controlled system is questioned. The world she creates is very believable, and therefor a little eerie. The question that hangs over the whole book is whether the good things (no disease, no poverty, no unrest) are worth your free will and your ability to make even the smallest choices in your life. Ky’s abilities and his quiet way of staying true to himself creates the questions in Cassia’s mind and makes for a very sweet romance. This is the first of three books and I cannot wait to read the next one!