Thursday, May 26, 2011

0003-Matched By Ally Condie


  • Author: Ally Condie
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525423645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423645
Synopsis: (from

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.

Can  a society statistically engineered to be perfect be fallible?  That is ultimately the underlying tone of a novel that is engrossing and for lack of better wording completely devour-able.  I cannot begin to discuss how much I loved this book, the simple writing style, the subtle G-rated romance and the dystopian society that is ever oppressive.   Ally Condie constructs for her readers a world so reminiscent of Orwell's 1984 and Zamyatin's We that even older readers will enjoy this novel.  Although other YA reviewers will say this owes quite a bit to The Giver, I noticed far more of these two classics intertwined throughout the narrative, especially in the heavily regimented society.

Condie created characters that are memorable and that can be related to.  Cassia is, in her own way, a strong female who comes into her own as the novel progresses. Xander and Ky are the men in Cassia's life who are dedicated and amazing in their own right.   Even Cassie's younger brother Bram who's appearances are fleeting is memorable.  The storyline itself will leave you eager for the second part of this series due to be released November 1st of this year.   I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre.


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1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure how to enter, but it looks like a great book! I'd love to be entered to win!