This is one of those books where I think readers are going to be divided, some of us will love it and some of us won't (despite trying). I really, really wanted to love this because it has such great potential to be brilliant. The basics of the plot are as follows (since Amazon UK appear to have forgotten to give us a product description for this one so I've summarised one):
Violet is classified as a "Good girl" which means she lives in the "good" section of town where girls and boys don't mix. Goodies like Violet don't have to worry about starvation and infact they don't have to worry about anything because it's all under control. But under control by the Thinkers. Thinkers tell people (subconsciously, as the Thinkers send instructions whilst we sleep) how to live, who to love, how many children to have - essentially they set the rules and if you don't follow them then you're in big trouble.
But there's always one isn't there? A rebel, someone who doesn't accept being controlled. And that someone is Violet. Violet breaks smaller rules all the time, but she gets caught a lot too. Infact, this time Violet has gone too far and she's been arrested for walking in the park with her approved match Zenn. Good girls don't walk in the park with boys. But Violet isn't the only one whose been caught, Jag (a baddie living in the bad zone) has also been taken to prison.
Essentially we follow the two opposing worlds as they try to escape the prison but also escape control. What I loved about this story was the love-hate relationship between these two characters. They were well developed characters but I have to admit I just didn't like Violet. I found her irritating (she waffles on about the same things A LOT and she's not particularly interesting either), which is something I've never experienced before with a character. Having said this, I tried my best to look past this and enjoy the Dystopian world that had been created which actually was quite interesting.
Initially I picked this up because the idea sounded great, and if I'm honest, I was looked for something that would be similar to Ally Condie's "Matched" series (which is a much much better version of this story) and I was left disappointed. I'd like to recommend this but I really struggled to finish it so I can't. It's a shame though because it did seem like it would be a great read.