By Dutton

Reviewed for 2010, High School

Love triangle? Check! Ballsy heroine? Check! Scary and somehow fascinating alternative world? Check! This book has all the elements of a typical teen novel, but it's much more than the sum of its parts. Set in the future, where homelessness is nonexistent and every citizen lives until the ripe age of 80, the story centers around Cassia, just on the cusp of her Matching Ceremony, where the Society will finally reveal her ideal mate. But instead of one perfect someone to spend her life with, the screen reveals one face, then flashes another. For the first time in her life, Cassia begins to grapple with something she never has before ... doubt. Will she continue to walk quietly in this world where all is controlled but everyone is taken care of, or reach for the unknown? Complex characters and a gripping plot make this a step above Twilight, but just as addictive. Don't give this one to your kid on a school night—he's guaranteed to stay up into the wee hours racing to the end. (Dutton, $17.99)