I want to start by saying how big of a fan I am of dystopian worlds. Anyone that can come up with a different way of living, believable or not, and make it interesting has my respect as a writer. Even if I personally don’t find it interesting, I give the author props for sticking their head out there and letting the world read their mind-baby
I have completely the entire series and plan to rate all of them accordingly.
I am not a fan of this series, though it does have some aspects that I do like.
First of all, the poetry-side of this story is very interesting and an aspect that I wouldn’t have even thought of. I see a lot of the giver in this series though. With the controlled (to the high extreme) society, arranged marriages, medication to make emotions limited, chosen occupations, and so on.
I wouldn’t want to live in this society with their limitations on poetry, music, or any expression of one’s self. They have this obsession with 100s. They have 100 poems, 100 songs, 100 paints and so on. That’s absolutely horrible. There would be no excitement in life and that’s exactly what Condie was aiming for.
This story has the usual triangle love: one girl in love with two boys that reciprocate the feelings. They have this matched ceremony that tells you who you are going to marry so you can get to know them and go on dates with them. The heroine, Cassia, gets matched with her best friend Xander and the strange boy Ky. The girls always end up with the strange, mysterious one so that’s who I am assuming she ends up with in the end.
If you are expecting suspense, drama and excitement you won’t get two of three here. You will get the drama, but for me that isn’t completely what makes a book a good book. I will say that I did enjoy the first book the most. I do give her credit for putting her brain-child out there, as I said before. And hey, this book seems to get a lot of good reviews too! It just isn’t for everyone, right? This series just isn’t for me.
If Condie decides to write something else I wouldn’t be opposed to reading it. I am up for new books no matter who the author is. The thing that matters to me is if it is written well and if it keeps my attention!