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Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2011
Everything is decided: what to eat, what to learn, who to marry, when to die. The officials monitor every movement of the Society, a world faction of survivors. Cassia, her friends and family rely upon the Hundred Best Songs, Poems, Books, all selected with the belief that past generations weakened because of too much choice. The opening scene takes the reader to the Match Banquet, where 18 year olds like Cassia meet their mates for life. Unexpectedly, Cassia’s match is someone she knows, her friend, Xander. At the same time, another local boy, Ky, tempts her with unlisted poetry and learning to write. Falling in love with Ky, still loving Xander, Cassia lives the “prisoner’s dilemma,” risking the consequences of an Infaction, questioning the very basis of the Society. Nothing’s ever perfect!