Book Review: Matched by: Ally Condie


Publisher: Dutton Books

Publish Date: 30 November 2010

Origins: ALA

Format: Paperback

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.

Review in 5: Breathe taking, poetic, awe-inspiring, appreciative, and dystopia.

Review: I had to site and take a minute to let this book sink into my brain before I started writing this review. I started reading the book, a bit detached because I don't particularly care for dystopia novels but the cover was to beautiful to resist. But, after getting about a fourth of the way through the book I started falling into it. Head first!

Lets start with the characters. They are as carefully orchestrated as a symphony, they have to push and pull in certain areas and still be not totally predictable because of "the society", that takes definite skill as a writer. The characters are real and flawed just like every other human and they all fit so perfectly together...Ky and Cassia, Cassia and her family, Cassia and Xander (cool name btw), and Xander and Ky. They all have a certain relationship and they all fit perfectly together. I love that Cassia is so strong as well, she took everything "the society" dished and she decided what she needed to do, like the strong women she became by the end of the story.

Now to the writing...I am saying this and I truly mean it! Ms Condie's writing is so poetic and beautiful, reaching Maggie Steifvater's poetic beauty even, which is saying a lot because I adore Ms. Steifvater. I love Tennyson and there are a few of his poems throughout the book, and that warmed my heart as well. I just was in awe of how beautiful the writing is in this story. The books poetic nature also evolves, like how Cassia evolves through the story the beauty in the writing grows as Cassia does, it is beautiful.

The plot. I do have to say I was very disappointed with the cliff-hanging ending but *shrug* what can you do?  I again love how this story was about Cassia and her growing as a person as she figures out what she wants and I love how it is also about "the society" and it's restrictions and the ways the people get back at it in small ways. It is a gripping story, I promise you once you start reading it, and really get into it, there is no way you can put it down. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK! P.S. She made me cry, she is now number four on the list of authors who can make me tear-up behind J.K. Rowling, Maggie Stiefvater, and Lauren Oliver.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice review. Can't wait to read the novel now. :)


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