Monday, 29 August 2011

Review- Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author:Ally Condie
Publisher:Dutton Juvenile
Release date: 30th November 2010
Genre: Young Adult/Speculative Fiction
Rating: 4/5

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.

Ok i know i have read this book way too late but oh well

Matched is set in a Dystopian world, where everything is controlled by the government, a process known as matched decides which person you would end up with the rest of your life.
The main protagonist is called Cassia and the book starts off with her Matching ceremony, where she is matched with her long time best friend Xander.

But something is wrong when Cassia reads Xander's microchip, she see's another boy's face but it quickly disappears, she is shocked and confused as she knows this boy as well.

An official from the government makes her believe it is a mistake but is it?
As the dark secrets of the society they all believe in begins to unfold, Cassia wonders if anything is as it seems.
She finds herself falling for a boy that she cant be with, as things are slowly changing around her.
Can Cassia make the life changing decisions she is faced with or blindly follow the society rules.
Personally i loved this book, as Ally condie manages to really draw the reader in, there wasn't a single point where i was bored.
The story is about love and power, and has great characters.
I love all the main protagonists Cassia, Ky and Xander.
Both the male leads are appealing, i couldn't choose who i liked best as usually when i read a book with a love triangle i find myself rooting for a certain guy but this time i loved them both.
I cried near the end of the book, which is an achievement the last book that made me cry was Mockingjay.
If i had to point out any faults it would be that it lacks description, so i couldn't really envision some of the scenes in my head. 
But otherwise it is a brilliant read, if you are fans of Dystopian novels, this definitely worth reading and i would recommend it to anyone. Honestly cannot wait for crossed.

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