Despite the similarity to 'The Giver' I really liked this one. The world was decently built, and unlike most YA novels, it didn't have 'absent parent' syndrome. While the focus is forbidden romance, it doesn't slot into 'instalove' and moves at a slow pace. The simmering undercurrents of this society are truly dystopic, and unlike 'The Giver', offers an actual calculated menace behind the placidity. This is not a society that does not understand its history from choice, its a society that willfully supresses their past, and the people who work within it.
My only caveat is its slow pace, and focus on Ky and Cassia's forbidden fling. I somehow feel the romance could have been left out, and her awakening forced by her grandfather.