Synopsis: The world Cassia lives in is called The Society and the Officials make all the decisions. From what you eat and what you wear, from where you live and where you work and where you play, even who you marry and when you die are all chosen for you. When Cassia is Matched she sees two faces on the screen, that of her best friend Xander and another boy Ky, Cassia finally has a choice to make. Should she follow the rules or follow her heart?
Cover: The main colour is shades of grey, light at the top and gradually darkening until it reaches the bottom. In the upper half is a lime green bubble trapping a girl inside who wears a green gown. In the lower portion of the cover is the title, also in green, and the authors name in a dark grey. It is an unexpected combination that looks fabulous. Major props to photographer Samantha Aide and jacket designer Theresa Evangelista.
Hook: In a place where all your choices are made for you, the one choice you have is to obey or to rebel.
Plot: The Officials rule with fear, if you don’t follow the rules you will be reclassified and relocated, given less privilege than before. Cassia keeps breaking the rules after she sees two boys have accidentally been matched to her, and her disobedience affects not just herself but her friends and family as well.
Romance: Cassia and Xander are best friends, so when they are matched they are finally permitted to look at each other in a different way. But with Ky is a sense of forbidden love, a knowledge that a relationship between the two cannot survive in the society they live in, but they are willing to risk everything to have just a slice of what could be.
DiY: Imagine you were a sorter. Which one song, play, movie, poem, and novel would you choose to keep?
Quote: Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes part of theirs.
Now I am a part of his story, and he of mine, and the part we write together sometimes feel like the only part that matters.
The Verdict: This is a fabulous book, so grab it as soon as you see it.