Release Date: November 30, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Recieved From: Around the World Tours and Publisher
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
If you know me at all you know that I absolutely love dystopia. So when the opportunity came about to read one of the most anticipated dystopias of 2010, of course I took it. Does it live up to the hype? My answer is yes.
If you are looking for the action and rebellion of The Hunger Games, this book isn’t for you. In Matched by Ally Condie, everything is subtle. The control of the government is quite and subtle, at first. Cassia’s relationship with Ky is subtle but powerful. But all these aspects come together to make a incredibly engaging book.
The thing that I want to rave about the most is, the world building. Ally Condie has created a scary dystopian world that is totally believable. I’ve read other reviews comparing it The Giver by Lois Lowry. It’s been so many years since I read The Giver that I never considered them to be alike while reading this. Although, I kept thinking this book was like a YA version of 1984 by George Orwell. Just not as scary. But since The Giver comparison was brought to my attention, I must say that this could be a more grown up version of it.
Cassia’s world is perfect. Everything is decided for you from birth. You are matched with the person most compatible and who you will produce the best offspring with. Your food is given to you with all the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. You job is picked for you based on your skills. Cancer has been eradicated. Everyone is happy.
Cassia was a captivating character. Her growth throughout the book was incredible. Not many authors can squeeze that much character development into one book and make it flow smoothly. Ally Condie did it with ease. At first, Cassia has absolute trust in The Society. But one mistake changes everything in her life and she begins to mistrust The Society. She begins to ask the questions that others will not. And her subtle rebellion begins.
Ky and Cassia’s relationship is truly powerful. I can’t think of any other fictional relationships to compare them to. Their love for one another was strong and passionate, but also inconspicuous and soft. It was one of the best romances I have read in a long time. But while the relationship determines the events in Matched, The Society and Cassia’s thoughts still play a much bigger role.
Overall, Matched by Ally Condie was a pretty incredible book. I already want to read it again. The world building is magnificent. You won’t want to miss it. Yes, there is a lot of hype, but I don’t think you will be disappointed.