Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Review of Matched by Ally Condie

This. Book. Is. Awesome.

In the Society everything is chosen for you. What movies you see, what books you read, who you marry...

Cassia Reyes has looked forward to her matching day for as long as she can remember. Everything is too good to be true when her perfect match and society-determined husband to be is none other than her best friend Xander Carrow.

The next day, whilst viewing Xander's match info, a face appears on her screen. It's not Xander. It's Ky Markham.

Before Ky flashed ever so briefly on her viewing disc, Cassia never had any reason to doubt what the Society does. After her 80 year old (therefore past his society-deemed use by date) grandfather gives her a secret poem that did not make it into the 100 poems allowed in the Society, and Cassia decides to share this with the newly intriguing Ky, Cassia's whole perception of life begins to change.

Why can't she read a poem she wants to read? Why can't she love who she decides to love?

Matched is simply perfect in every sense. I was sucked in from the first page and really didn't want to be sucked back out. The characters are all likeable and interesting and the plot is great. I love the dystopian genre and this is definitely up there with the best.

The writing style is immaculate. I love a book that makes you forget completely about real life, Matched is definitely this.

I recommend to anyone who likes the Hunger Games and the Uglies series.

I give it a 6/5!