Friday, December 3, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

By: Ally Condie
Source: Bought E-book
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Purchase the Book: 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." (summary from

Matched by Ally Condie is an original story set in a Society that controls every aspect of the individuals lives, from their food to who they will marry. The Society takes away the citizens choices to ensure, in their minds, a healthy, happy, and perfect individual. The main protagonist, Cassia, accepts this lifestyle in the beginning, but as the story progresses she begins to resent that she can't make her own choices. Along with Cassia, the reader slowly learns just what the Society is capable of. Cassia develops into a strong willed character by the end.

Cassia is matched to her best friend Xander, however, she also sees Ky before the screen goes black. Cassia has been friends with Ky since they were children as well. The Society tells Cassia that it was a mistake and that her true match is Xander. Cassia soon finds herself developing stronger feelings for not only Xander, but also Ky. She finds herself having to choose between doing what Society tells her is the right choice or making a choice for herself.

I loved Matched and found it nearly impossible to put down for even five minutes. The controlling and manipulative Society is described in so much detail that the reader can picture it clearly. While reading I found myself completely enraged with the Society and caring greatly for the characters. Condie creates strongly developed characters, but she does not waste time over describing their physical characteristics. I am already anxiously awaiting for the next installment in this series, but for now I strongly recommend Matched, it is a must read.

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