Thursday, May 5, 2011

--> Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie <--

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Number of Pages: 366
Published: Published November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Series: Matched #1

GoodReads Info:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts: (I gave this book 3.5 Stars)

This is a dystopian novel and being only the second 

dystopian book I have read I am still getting used to the idea of these kinds of book. 

The premise to this story is very interesting, and I really liked the way everything was set up. The Society controlling everything, making the citizens dependent on it, making changes and interfering as it sees fit, etc. I loved the way the story unfolded as well as the direction it took. The pacing was spot on, the characters were interesting, and I thought the voice was just perfect. 

Ally Condie tells her story with an understated elegance. There is a simple eloquence to her writing, a sparse, almost poetic quality that speaks to deeper parts of the soul. As I was reading, I often paused to ponder one of the many philosophical questions the book raised in my mind. This books makes me think of what if my world was controlled and I had no freedom to make my own choices, esp who I would fall in love with. Cassia has to look in her heart and find the difference in what she know is truth and what is right. I love how this story played out in the end and I very much looking forward to continuing Cassia story.

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