Matched * Ally Condie vol 1

Cassie will not let Society determine her loved one. Part 1/3

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices, but she begins to question just how perfect her world really is when she notices things are not what they seem. As Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility, she 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.

Read this book in a short breath and I want more! More I tell ya! After going through the Hunger Games and deeming them unworthy of my time, I ran across this particular book in the pile for November. The subject looked interesting and as far as I could see, it involved romance, a new dystopia description and how it can all go so very WRONG!
The book is about a young girl of 17 who is presented with the Society’s chosen partner for her, who, to her surprise, is her childhood friend Xander. Everything seems to fall into place for her until she takes a look at the matched chip and sees, for a fleeting second, another boy’s face. She knows him too, Ky. Mysterious, good looking and with a tragic background, he is the bad boy every girl can get fascinated with and eventually fall in love.
So, take this girl, promised to another (that she loves as well), falling in love with the new, unknown and tasty treat of a man, bringing with her desire pain to her pair and also to her family.
It’s all a social experiment in a twisted world and up until the end, I really thought that maybe, in her desire to be with him, they should pack up and elope. Well, reality has a harsh way of reminding everyone where their chosen place is and nobody should go against it (unless you want your memory erased).

Good points for the book: The Society is explained through great lengths and it is a viable working environment, that, while restricting the liberties of its people, provides with a stable environment, working places and a cure for the sickness that is affecting the majority of the developed countries – aging population.

Bad points: the romance is developed to a point – you have clandestine meetings, stolen kisses and fluttery eyelashes. What I (personally) found lacking was the passion. I feel that Cassie only falls for Ky because he is a novelty and because her interest is peaked by him and not for any other greater compatibility. Yes, he teaches her poems and how to write, but given the chance, Xander could have proven a better man than Ky.
Just imagine how different this story would have been if on her matching session, a man from another city was to be her mate. Nothing would have happened.
Instead you get a girl trapped in the classic triangle of best friend from childhood – new guy on the block and you see that the predictable choice is made for the new meat (so to speak).

It’s a great teen read and a good recommendation. Can’t wait to see how the story will end.

About the author
Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the international bestseller MATCHED, and its sequel, CROSSED. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten, named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010, selected as the #1 Pick on the Winter Kid’s Indie Next List, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. In a starred review for the sequel, CROSSED, Kirkus called the Matched series an “addictive, layered dystopic trilogy.”A former English teacher (who still keeps her license current, just in case!), she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.


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