Book Review

Matched by Ally Condie

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Ally Condie
Dutton Books for Young Readers
November 30th 2010

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

The basics of this book when I first read the blurb, I hated.

A society who decides everything for you, who you love, where you work, how many children you have and how you die. It’s wrong so very wrong but I just had to see what Ally had to write about.

And she did not disappoint. I loved this book! It was beautifully written and I was totally captivated.

I loved Cassia as a main character. Yes she seemed like a law abiding citizen but in reality and deep within her she hated the system just as much as I did.

I liked how there didn’t seem to be this typical ‘love triangle’ between Cassia, Xander and Ky. It was there don’t get me wrong but it was more like Cassia didn’t realise how much she was falling for a certain someone the whole way through the book and how she was lead to believe that in her life, in her world the Officials don’t make mistakes and this whole thing with Ky wasn’t right.

The ending of the book surprised me a little bit. I could sense that Ally was building it up to something big but the people involved who helped Cassia out shocked me. They all seem like the character’s who do what they are told and I like that the changes that Cassia make are ones that seem to rub off on other people and they start to see that this whole society they live in is wrong.

I am incredibly excited to read the next book. I can’t wait to see how far Cassia will go for love.

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