Matched by Ally Condie
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.
Age Range: 12 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Author:
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.
If this hadn’t been a best seller, I never would have picked it up. I’m not a big fan of dystopian novels, but I am really glad I gave this book a chance. The writing is clear, simple, and beautiful. I love the way Ally Condie manipulates words and sentences to draw out emotion and pull you into the fabric of the story.
The way the Society is set up reminds me of The Giver, but a little different. I am completely head over heels in love with the characters in the book. They are each strong in their own way.
The romance is perfectly clean and innocent. Parents don’t need to worry about anything questionable showing up in this book. The suspense is also tempered for the intended audience.
In short, I loved the book.