November 2, 2010

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30th, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 366
Age: Young Adult
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.
Oh my God...

Have you read a book that you just can't stop reading? Can't stop thinking about it? Even dream about it?

Matched is definitely that kind of book.

At first, it started slow, because the author want us to understand Cassia and her world. Cassia is a naive girl who follows the rules without thinking about it. In her world, divorces doesn't, or cancer, thanks to the Society. Everything in her world is perfect.

The Society gives you your food delivered every day at your home, they decide your work, and even the person you are going to be Matched for the rest of your life. They decide when you will marry, and have kinds, and how many of them. 

It sounds wrong, but thanks to that, everything is perfect. It's not as the world from before, where people do whatever they wanted and nothing worked. People died of cancer or sickness, and suffered. People never knew when they will die.

So, Cassia believes in the Society. Why wouldn't you? Besides, it's not so awful as you think. She got to choose her dress for the most important day of her life, when she will finally discover the identity of the person who is going to be her match.

But what will happen when her match is someone she knows? When she discover another boy could be her match? And when her heart chose the wrong guy?

Cassia started being innocent and ended being independent and intelligent. She wakes up and finally starts to see things different. She begins to wonder, why? Why can they decide their food? Or their partners? Or their work? Or what to do with their free hours!?

It's, in the end, a love story, where the protagonists have to fight themselves and everyone else to be together. But it's also more than that, it's about growing up, and discovering your perfect life is all a lie.

It's more than original, and I was amazed by the world the author created. It's way more closer to reality that we want to believe, which is scary. Do you know how many people live their lives the way someone else make them? Without even knowing? Or what is worse, knowing?

Overall, I was so impressed by this book that I believe you should read it. Everyone should read it. Kids, teenagers, adults. In schools, universities, homes. Everywhere in the world. Really. Go and pre-order it!


More about this book at www.allysoncondie.com, Goodreads, Amazon.

P.S. I need the sequel!!!

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