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I had read about this book on a ya book blog, and wanted to check it out. To be honest, I am not a big ya fan, but because I now have a ya reader in my household, I have been reading more ya material so that I can have a coherent conversation about what my ya is reading. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The subject matter is dystopian, and while the exploration of the dystopian society doesn't seem to cover any ground that hasn't been covered before, what I liked was the story abou ...more
I read this because of the cover, and because it seemed like an up-and-coming teen book. It was just okay. I liked some of the ideas in it, but I kind of hated Cassia and Ky. Also their names. Yech. Katniss, Katsa, Cassia, enough already. And Ky? Gross. I think Xander had an unfair advantage because of his Buffy namesake, but he seemed like a worthwhile kind of guy. From the premise, I thought this book would be more thrilling than it was. I really liked the idea, but the absence of anything que ...more
A very interesting book and a good balance between the romantic and science-fiction. It took me a little while to get hooked but the writing smoothes out after a few chapters making for a great read. The author has also added some great twists and I love how she includes the stories of other people making the story extremely multi-layered. It's not just about deciding WHO to love, but rather discovering the real you in a society that forbids self-expression. An excellent concept for teenagers, y ...more
No new ground covered in this dystopian story. Fortunately, it lacks language/sexuality/violence present in many YA fiction. Discussion tie-ins: probability, statistics, poetry (including Dylan Thomas obviously), societal issues (of course).