29 July 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Matched by Ally Condie

I loved this book. Done. That’s pretty much my review. Hahahaha… okay, why did I love it…

Dystopian young adult has, of course, been done, but I’m not sure it’s ever been done quite this well. The characters were rich and full of life. You come to know them and care about them. I absolutely loved the world this author is bringing us into. We were able to learn about the society while still continuing with the story. There was no huge amount of set up. We dove right into the characters and the place.

The pacing of this story is amazingly well done. We’re brought along, gently – not too fast, not too slow. Near perfection in that regard. The writing is beautiful, it’s not overly descriptive, nor is is bland. Again, near perfection.

The details that we learn of how this world operates is what I’m still kind of reeling over. I know I said this earlier, but, truly… she’s able to write about the characters in a way that brings the world’s operations into it at the same time. The match ceremony, at first, seems to come out of nowhere yet we are able to follow along while she moves our characters through their lives.

I don’t read many series these days because I don’t like waiting for the next book. The only reason I read this is because it was a bookclub choice. Easily, this ranks up with one of my favorites that I’ve read this year.

Recommended for dystopian and young adult readers. Heck, I’m recommending it to both of my kids (10 and 12), they are advanced readers and I’m sure they’ll be sucked in just as much. Now to go buy book 2 🙂

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.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2013: 31

One Response to “Matched by Ally Condie”

  1. Lisa @ Savvy Events 29 July 2013 at 10:57 am Permalink

    This is a book I’ve considered reading for a long time. Guess I’m going to have to pick it up now! I blame you for a lot of my reading choices, y’know.
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