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.
I'll be honest this is a slow read, while there is a little bit of action this book is more about the story making and world building, we also get to look in depth at the characters that are in the book.
The world building in this book is fantastic, I loved pretty much every aspect of it. While Society seems like a good idea and a great place to live we learn as the book goes on that there are some problems within the Society and not everything is as it seems. The problems start for Cassia when she is Matched, she is matched to Xander, this is the person that she will spend her life with, someone who Society believes is the best match for her. What is different about her Match is that she knows Xander, most of the time you don't get to know your Match. Things get even stranger when she loads up her mircocard to read more about Xander and she sees Ky. Ky is a boy that lives in her street yet wasn't at the Matching Banquet. She learns that this was a mistake and that Xander is her true Match, however Cassia starts to talk to Ky more and more and slowly falls in love with him, she then has to choose between Xander and Ky, something that shouldn't even be thought about.
There are two main types of people in the Society, Citizens and Aberrations, Citizens are the likes of Cassia and Xander, Aberrations are the likes of Ky, that is why he should never of been entered into the Matching data. Aberrations are people but they are people that the Society would rather forget, they are there to do all the jobs that the Society feel Citizens are too good to do. This was another part of the world building tool that the author used. I do however think there wasn't much personality to the characters, they all seemed blending into one, though I guess that is the way Society wants them?
The plot is rather slow but I wouldn't say boring, it is setting up for other events. It's not fast paced like other books in the genre but I would say that there is quite alot of back story to it that some books in genre don't have. We have a Society that thrives yet at what cost to those that live in it, it isn't a depressive Society everyone seems pretty happy about living in it, everything is set out for you, your meals, the person you will love and the job you will be given. This might seems oppressive however it works well in the book.
I personally loved this book, I think that the story showed promise and can't wait to read the next book.