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By: Ally Condie

ISBN: 9780525423645

JLG Release: Mar 2011


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Topics: Arranged marriage , Government/societal control , Dystopia , Conspiracies , Free will , Rebellion

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Awards & Honors

2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults; 2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction; IRA Teachers' Choices 2011, Advanced Readers; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Fiction; YALSA Readers' Choice Nomination 2012, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

In a story that is at once evocative of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (Houghton, 1993), George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Condie introduces readers to the “perfect” Society. Cassia Reyes is a model student, daughter, and citizen. How could she not be when the Society has everythin In a story that is at once evocative of Lois Lowry’s The Giver (Houghton, 1993), George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Condie introduces readers to the “perfect” Society. Cassia Reyes is a model student, daughter, and citizen. How could she not be when the Society has everything planned and functioning perfectly? All of her needs are met: food, shelter, education, career training, and even her future husband are selected by officials who know what is best for each individual by studying statistical data and probable odds. She even knows when she will die, on her 80th birthday, just as the Society dictates. At her Match Banquet she is paired with Xander, her best friend and certainly her soul mate. But when a computer error shows her the face of Ky, an Aberration, instead of Xander, cracks begin to appear in the Society’s facade of perfection. A series of events also shakes her dedication to Xander and puts her future in jeopardy. Cassia exhibits some characteristics of Winston Smith and Lenina Crowne in her silent rebellion against societal control and in her illicit friendship with Ky but ultimately, and more satisfyingly, she is more like Lowry’s Jonas. Her awakening and development are realistically portrayed, and supporting characters like Cassia’s parents and her grandfather add depth to the story. The biggest flaw is that the story is not finished. Fans of The Giver will devour this book and impatiently demand the next installment.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525423645

First Release

March 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 21;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Dutton

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Arranged marriage, Government/societal control, Dystopia, Conspiracies, Free will, Rebellion,

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