Friday, February 11, 2011

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 no one else has dared to follow.

Reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984 and Lois Lowry's The Giver, Matched is a story of defiance and hope in a world where choice is not an option. The Society is very well presented and imagined, from the elaborate Matched ceremony to the carefully portioned food the citizens eat. At first, one thinks, what could be wrong with that? To have decisions made for you, according to your interests and needs? But as you delve deeper into the book, you discover the delicate net of lies and deceit The Society has weaved underneath their perfect world. Ally Condie poses some interesting questions that really make you think, could this happen to us?

It's fascinating to see Cassia go from a naive girl who trusts completely in the The Society, to a brave young woman who learns to see her world as it really is. And yet she is still just a normal teenager-- falling in love, confused about her identity, participating in different activities. She has a strong voice, and I found her to be quite easy to relate to. In accordance to her grandfather's last advice to her, she learns to wonder about her life and the way it is so controlled. Dylan Thomas' poem ''Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'' is one of my favorite pieces, and a perfect backdrop for the story. Cassia is observant and a perfect narrator, leaving the reader eager to get more of her story. A enchanting read.

Author: Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar. She got the general idea for Matched from her husband, who posited the question: What if someone wrote the perfect algorithm for lining people up, and the government used it to decide who you married, when you married, etc.? She started writing when she was very small, and her first books include Being Sixteen and the Yearbook trilogy, which can be found in most LDS bookstores. Her books have also been optioned for a film by Disney and Offspring. Her next novel, Trapped ( I can't wait!!!) is coming out somewhere around November 2011!

Other Books You May Enjoy: Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Wither by Lauren DeStefano ( coming out in March), and Feed by M. T Anderson.

Visit The official site of Matched here!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I am your newest follower. Matched looks great, it is on my list of to-reads. You can find me at the Howling Turtle