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Nov 12, 2012 Chandra rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley D--
Mar 26, 2012 Ashley D-- rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adults
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
Jul 03, 2012 Vanessa added it
Shelves: ya-reads
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
Bethany Erickson
May 06, 2012 Bethany Erickson rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya, 2012
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).
Jan 07, 2012 Bethann rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more, but I just couldn't get invested in the characters. It did hold me to the end, and I will check out the second one, so I guess it really wasn't that bad. It was just predictable, but still entertaining.
May 22, 2013 Jeanine rated it really liked it
Another good series beginning. It started kind of slow but it picked up. The book ended in such a manner that the story should still keep picking up in the next book. We shall see....
Jul 09, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
good story, but the writing could have been a lot better.
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Jun 21, 2013 Jules rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Jun 27, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: teen, dystopia, romance
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