By: Kristy Nicolle
Length: 473 pages
Published: April 1st 2017
In the city of Monopolis where happily ever after is just a scientific formula away, Valentine Morland has been waiting nine years for her day to come. Now it’s here, and she will marry the man of her dreams, a stranger to her, before being swept off to life of carefree luxury and bliss, courtesy of the Jigsaw Project. However, all is not as Valentine imagined as her new husband is quickly discovered as not the man of her dreams, but one who claims he isn’t capable of love at all. Harbouring an intense paranoia for the system, which upholds the very idealist fantasy that Valentine holds so dear, Clark threatens to throw her into a world, not of bliss, but of scary consequence where her every emotion is under scrutiny. Can it be that the scientific formula with a 99% success rate got it all wrong, or is everything in the world of Bliss Inc. more sinister than it seems?
~This cover was done by the Author herself (I love the cover of Something Blue) , in fact she has done all of her cover herself
~ She has a killer Author store, with lots of great products.
It’s written well, the story flows, the characters are easy to distinguish through the dialogue and the world build is phenomenal. I enjoyed this read, it’s a realm that I’ve seem to have distanced myself from, so it was nice to re-enter a dystopian romance.
We are introduced to a world where instead of depending your emotions to find the love of your life, you are selected to join the process of being matched by a perfect matchmaking service. If selected to be entered into the matchmaking service you are then moved to the singles community of you matching sex, where you being you readiness classes, but if you were not selected you became a laborer.
I found it interesting that how the community was broken. Singles, newlyweds, couples, families, and labours. I just wish there was more of a story of how it got to that point as there a reference to past history but not a real conclusion on how this world came to be. I also couldn’t grasp how one was selected, whether it was random or due to legacy status.
Throughout the book all, I keep finding myself thing was, I want more. While that sounds like a great statement, in this case, it wasn’t. It seemed that once something would start to explain it was stopped. I wanted to know more about the process, the readiness classes and more development overall. While parts did get explained it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to be explained. And a whopping 450+ pages I still was left slightly unsatisfied. I think this has great bones to become a saga instead of a standalone.
It felt a bit rushed and never gave me time to fully understand the emotion going on behind the character actions. And with characters like Valentine and Clark, it really would have been great to have.
Despite the shortcoming that came with the book, I still found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. I liked the plot and the how the conclusion was drawn. I found the relationship given the circumstance to be believable and found myself easily rooting for the underdogs.
If you’re a fan of the trilogies Matched and Delirium, then this standalone is one you will enjoy.