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By the time I had gotten halfway through this YA novel set in a chillingly sterile future, I didn’t think that I was going to click with it at all, mainly because it centered around yet another love triangle. Young girl destined to end up with handsome but predictable good guy gets her head turned by the outcast, yeah yeah I’ve seen it all before. But once I got over my initial disappointment I found that I did actually like the story-line and the believable world that Condie had crafted. Her main character, Cassia lives in a future where the government controls everything including where you live and work, who you fall in love with and more ominously, when you die. Cassia accepts this system without question because it’s all she’s ever known, that is until a glitch in the system changes everything. This book reminded me quite a lot of the “Uglies” series by Scott Westerfield but has just enough differences to make it enjoyable in spite of this. (n.b. it’s not that I didn’t like the Uglies books, I just don’t want to read them again)
Young adult /Science Fiction
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Condie’s husband initially planted the seed for the story when he asked his wife, “What if someone wrote the perfect algorithm for lining people up and then the government used it to decide who you would marry, when you married etc?”
Been made into a film?
Not yet but apparently Disney are working on it with production already under way.
What I like about the book:
It’s well thought out in terms of how the dystopian world works and it’s fast pace will appeal to younger readers.
Perhaps it’s because it’s a YA read and not terribly long but I just didn’t feel that there was enough depth to the characters although it may be that this is addressed in the sequels.
An entertaining read that I’d recommend to my kids but I wouldn’t go out of my way to read the subsequent books in the series.