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Review: Matched by Ally Condie

I would like to share a small review I wrote about an amazing book I read recently. As you must have noticed, I am an avid reader. I like to read multiple books a week. This book had a huge impact on me so I decided to write a review about it.

Matched by Ally Condie

Release Date: November 30, 2010

Rating: 5/5

Source: Bought

Buy: Amazon

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.

 

This book caught my attention when I watched the Breathless Reads trailer. The whole idea of a future where even your marriage is controlled captured me. I admit it, I am no dystopia reader. This marked a new genre for me to read, and I’m glad I did.

Matched captured my attention from the beginning. I really wanted to know what would happen next to Cassia and Ky.  I was intrigued by the idea of a Society that controls every aspect of the characters’ lives. Even though the existence of the Society is interesting, I found it creepy too. They are watching Cassia at every moment. They know everything “wrong” she does, and they are controlling her even when she thinks they aren’t.

Cassia is a girl who was raised in a controlled environment, but inside she feels like she wants to live more. Ky’s appearance on the monitor triggered something in her—something that made her want to know what’s out there. I liked Cassia. She was a great character who wanted to fight for what she believed in. I liked how she was a strong-willed, which is a bit rare in the YA genre. Most girls in YA fiction nowadays are so weak. The fact that Cassia was the center of the story was a different, but great aspect. Ky was such a great character. He had so many emotions bottled up. I just loved how he communicated with Cassia in his old-fashioned artistic way. Xander was a very likeable character too. I kind of felt bad for him in the end because he was just so nice to Cassia. The fact that the Society pretty much played a game between all three is just sad. I loved how the relationships were developed. This book just felt so real and raw.

Matched is an amazing book about a girl who is fighting for her beliefs in a world where rights are nonexistent. I recommend it for anyone who wants to read something different, but powerful.

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