In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
Why I read this book:
Despite what the book smugglers had to say about this book, I eventually gave up and had to read it for myself.
It started off slow and I was a little frustrated by this. I knew the book was about this girl being matched with two different boys accidentally and it was about her choice of who she would choose. What I didn’t expect however was the slow boiled falling in love portion with the boy who wasn’t supposed to be her match. Pleasant surprise.
At first I was a bit frustrated by the story and its pace. It has a poetic flow to the prose. Kind of a backwards way of saying things. More passive voice than anything. But after awhile it really starts to fit with the book and the characters.
The main character Cassie is kind of this vanilla boring girl at first. Content with the society she lives in and their decisions that they are making. But once she sees another life for herself she can’t help wonder what if after the prompting from her Grandfather. It’s this slow snowball effect but by the end you see that its not just about the choice of choosing the boy the society doesn’t want for you but of having the option to choose altogether. She starts to see the cracks in the society around her and once she sees one, she starts to see more.
This book is a slow burn, but it will grow on you if you stick with it. The pace is perfect for the story it’s trying to tell and the gradual momentum it needs to build. I will most definitely be picking up the next book in the series and can’t wait to see what happens next. Personally I hope that Cassie develops even more of a backbone, but we’ll see.