What would it be like to live in a world where love is forbidden? That is exactly the idea that is present in this book. Instead of being the wonderful, happy thing we consider love to be, it is instead considered to be a disease. That' right. Like on the scale of AIDS or Hepatitis. How would that affect your relationships with friends, family, and potential partners? All of these issues are explored in the story, which I found to be quite intriguing. The added bits from fairy tales and scriptures of the society are a great touch, too. If you've ever wondered what the world would be like without love, this is definitely the book for you. But, of course, there has to be an underlying love story. What kind of YA novel would it be without it?
I did enjoy both the storyline and characters. The heroine is great because she has a typical "I'm not all that" complex but learns about herself throughout the story. There are a lot of moments where you can feel impending danger as well, so some things are not quite as surprising. Others are unexpected, but in a good way. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good story with the dystopian undercurrent.
So what's next? Well, I have several options. I am a slacker, slacker, slacker and still haven't finished the last book of Carrie Ryan's zombie trilogy (bad, bad, bad person), and I want to read Pandemonium and see where that goes. I also haven't finished Insurgent. Oops. I am such a half-reader nowadays. What's up with that?
I guess you will have to wait and see. Until then, happy reading!