Love is a disease. Remember to make an appointment before your 18th birthday.
Yea...Okay, I'm not even scared!
Where Will Lena be Ranked?
You won't be. Trust me, you are far too pretty!
Rachel, I can not be ranked lower than a seven. I can't it would be a nightmare!
HANA DO NOT SAY THAT OUT LOUD. SOMEONE MIGHT HEAR YOU.
If the government really wants us to be happy, they'd let us pick ourselves.
Lena is born into a world where love is a "sickness". It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure. On everyone's 18th birthday, they get cured fo this "disease".
Lena is getting ready for her evaluation—a procedure that will rank her and match her with a boy to be married to after she is cured (from that love sickness). Lena hopes to be "a seven or an eight".
You're the guard that winked at me during the evaluations.
I don't know what your talking about
Lena's worried about Hana (Lena's best friend) because she's been getting trouble at school and just generally looking like she's going to run away. Even worse, Hana's been saying stuff against the government. Speaking out against the government, the matching, the evaluations, etc., is a big no-no.
The Beach Cove
Yea! I am over here. Be quiet
A nurse leads Lena to a room where she has to change into a see-through plastic gown. She steps into the evaluation room, where blindingly bright lights shine on her.The evaluation board starts asking her questions. A herd of cows—yes, you read that right—rushes through the evaluation room. Lena hides behind a table.She sees a guard laugh and then smile at her.
The good news is that Lena gets a redo of her evaluation.After school, Lena and Hana go for their daily gossip and jog session. Inside the Authorized Personnel Only area, they run into a male guard… And it's the boy who winked at Lena at her evaluation.
That night, Lena frets throughout the entire dinner about whether or not she should go meet Alex.She decides to do it, telling her aunt that she has to pick up something she forgot at Hana's house.Pedaling her bike to the coast, she worries about "the revolving eye that is always watching"