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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published on September 20, 2011 by Speak
ISBN-10: 014241977X
ISBN-13: 9780142419779
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  • GuestMonday, October 19, 2020 at 9:42 am
    It seems like most people here are comparing this book to the Hunger Games. If you enjoyed both, you should totally check out Divergent by Veronica Roth!
    • girlpower4ever
      girlpower4everThursday, July 9, 2020 at 9:35 am55 stars
      Cassia lives in a perfect world with perfect structure with a perfect government called the Society. She's never once doubted the Society's ability to make the best choices for her...until two Matches flash inexplicably across her screen. The Matching Ceremony is one of the most important events of Cassia's life! It determines who she'll marry based on their personalities. So when Xander Carrow, her best friend, first appears, Cassia is elated. But then, just for a second, Ky Markham's face flashes across the screen before it darkens. The Society assures Cassia that this is a very rare fluke, but she is still haunted by one of the things she has known as forbidden: curiosity. Trying to really love Xander while secretly falling for Ky, Cassia realizes that the Society may not be as infallible as she thought. And all the while, one question is inescapable: is the Society helping her live, or caging her in? This novel perfectly balances rivet and danger while teetering around the unavoidable result: death.
      • kaylaa_misch22
        kaylaa_misch22Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:43 am55 stars
        Cassia lives in a society more strict than today. She is told who to love where to live and how to live her life and how to end it all by the government. But when she gets matched with her best friend and things go wrong she is faced with the wrong match on the screen she slowly falls in love. I can connect this to today's society. There are many stereotypes in how we should look act and live our lives. Similar to how Cassias society works. I give this book 5 stars because I really like the plot and how Cassia perceives the world.
        • gwenny pot pieThursday, December 5, 2019 at 5:59 am
          this is the best book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
          • proudgryffindor
            proudgryffindorWednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm44 stars
            I love it ever tho I like the hunger games more this is still a amazing book
            • hedgeguin2
              hedgeguin2Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:08 am33 stars
              This book is about Cassia, a girl who lives in a place where the Officials decide everything for her? When it comes time for her to marry, the screen flashes her best friend, Xander, but then disapppears and shows another boy, Ky, who shouldn’t even be in the Matching pool. Now Cassia is torn between Xander and Ky, two different paths, and her fate.
              • fira
                firaThursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:13 am55 stars
                I have almost finished the third book in this series. It is an amazing book and kind of like the hunger games with the aspect of a distopian society and love. Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to stop. There are many lessons to be learned from this book, but it is also really great to just read for pleasure. Ally Condie does a wonderful job of really making you really get to know the characters. I really love this series and recommend it to just about everyone.
                • karozas14
                  karozas14Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10:44 am
                  very interesting and really good if you like romance and mystery.
                  • aabcjsTuesday, September 18, 2018 at 6:37 am
                    Its so good
                    • blahblahgold056
                      blahblahgold056Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm55 stars
                      Just read it! You won't regret it for a single moment of your life!