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Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie
Published by Penguin on 2nd December 2010


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

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely 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. 


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This book is definately worth all the hype that has been built up around it. I will admit I did the happy dance when this book arrived on my doorstep recently. I loved it and literally couldn't put it down and am left wanting more!

The world you are entered into when reading this book definately takes inspiration from other dystopian works (I was frequently reminded of the giver whilst reading it) but Condie it takes the ideas and gives them her own twist. You start thrown into a world where all major decisions are made for you; who you live with, how many children you have, what job you do and even what you eat day by day. I was captivated by Condie's take on a dystopian world as, like with other dystopian novels, the world seems very idealistic but isn't what it seems when you get into it. The entire concept of matching was fascinating and I loved how the whole system was brought more and more into question as the story went on.

I loved the character of Cassia. She was really sweet and I liked seeing her take on the whole she lived in and how her views change gradually as she starts to find out more and more about the world she lives in. She really develops as a character and I can imagine her coming out of the end of the series as a really strong kiss ass heroine. I liked the relationships she had with all the the different people in her world both family and friends and am looking forward in particular to seeing how things play out with her, Xander and Ky.

This books ends on a cliffhanger, I am desperate to find out where the story goes as so many questions have been raised by it especially those around the officials and their 'experiments' and about what is going on outside the little bubble Cassia and her family have lived in.

An exciting, beautifully written and captivating novel. Definately worth hunting down. Buy it! 


A huge thanks to Penguin for sending this out to me!

Comments

I did! I did! Definitely bought it that is. I made a special trip out in my lunch hour on Wednesday and picked myself a copy up :)
Aylee said…
Great review! Can't wait to read this one!
Clover said…
People mentioned the similarity to The Giver when I reviewed this book as well, but .. I've never read The Giver!! Oops :)