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
Christian Beliefs: ...
Other Belief systems: Cassia does refer to the Society as their God's. Like, they have to obey them, because if you don't, you'll be in huge trouble.
The Society does have a big hand hold on everyone, they control everything you do.
Language: None. Nada. I am very happy. I was like, "what? No bad words? No swearing? No using the LORD's name in vain? YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!"
Romance: There is kissing, sometimes on the cheek, and sometimes on the lips. But it's very sweet. This is the first YA novel where the kissing really isn't bad, and it's just short and sweet. I love reading about kisses like that. :)
They hug a lot, and Cassia says she loves someone, in two different ways, and other people say that too.
Also, on a person's 17th birthday, they have a Match Banquet. Where the Society finds who that one person will marry. It's like an arranged marriage, but very sci-fi like.
Any other bad things: Nope, just that the Society is very not nice, and that they say that some people die, and on a person's 80th birthday, they die. There are things called "Infraction" which is when someone does something bad, and they have to be punished for it. Or "cited" which is the same thing basically.
Comments: I loved this book. It was like a poem. It felt like I was reading a poem. I also liked how there was nothing too seriously bad in this book. Just a few kisses here and there, and throwing someone into someone elses arms. Romantic. A very sweet romance. :)
What I didn't like, was that the author wrote as if the story was happening then and there to the person, so they used words like 'say' and words that say that the story is happening now. It messed up my writing because I don't write in first person like it, I use words like 'watched' and 'said'. Like it happened. And it's not happening right this minute.
I also didn't like how when Cassia called, s he didn't have any emotion in her words really. But when she thought, there was more emotion.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars for awesomeness.
And 4 out of 5 stars for any age. :)