"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy."
Ever since The Hunger Games I've been on a dystopia book reading binge. One of my readers recommended this to me and I'm sure glad they did. Lauren Oliver uses such descriptive language that really brings Lena's loveless world to life. I can't wait for the next book!
"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."
I read this one in a day. Yet another authoritarian government watching your every move. While it might seem like a predictable love triangle teen romance kind of book -- okay it kind of is -- it's well-written and engaging. The world in which they live is so interesting and it really had me wanting more.
"In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake."
The middle books are never as good as the beginning or ending. Sure...a lot happens, but I was still left with unanswered questions. Oh wait. Maybe that means Ally Condie was successful? Cliffhangers are good, I guess. I liked it less than the first one, but enough to make me want to read the last one.