Saturday, December 25, 2010

Matched - Ally Condie - 2010

Title: Matched (1st in series)

Author: Ally Condie
Year: 2010
Overall: * * * * * (5/5)

GoodReads blurb: 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.

Plot: * * * * *
Characters: * * * *
Stlye (writing style): * * * * *

My Review: This is the first book in a new dystopian series. It was like the Uglies series, The Giver, Logan's Run, and a passing drifter all got together and made a book baby. In the very best way possible. Cassia is different and kind and a teenager in a world where teenagers don't really get to do the things we currently associate with being young and carefree. There are strict rules, everything in your life is planned for by somebody else, and people generally aren't supposed to question this. Like the Uglies books without the weird plastic surgery part, though they do get rid of all the "anomalies." I really liked this take on what our possible future could be. I don't know when dystopias became something I really liked reading about, but they really pull me in and I like reading about how Cassia learns of the different types of love as she grows.

To Buy: Amazon

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