Monday, April 4, 2011
Matched by Ally Condie
Book Description: In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.About the Author: Ally Condie (www.allycondie.com) 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. Here's What I Think: This books falls into the Hunger Games/Maze Runner idea of an alternate way of life set in the future. The world has become a very planned and sanitary and safe place for Cassia and her family and friends. The book is very well written and even leads you to believe that this life might be better in the first half of the book. Each meal is delivered to your kitchen with your name on it and no one else can touch it - portioned and fortified just for your body. Every activity - even running on your treadmill - is planned out for optimal enhancement of your body. Even your life mate is selected for you based on a number of criteria including personality, and the genes you both have which will produce the perfect baby. The book starts with something of an anomaly when two kids that actually know each other are matched. This rarely happens, as usually you are matched with someone from another city that you have never meet. But it all goes awry when she sees a different face on the microcard she is provided to learn about her match, even though she has known Xander her whole life and knows everything about him. I really liked the plot of this book. It is always interesting to think of the "what ifs". I did struggle with the voice of the book, as it is written the way that Cassia thinks. So sometimes the thoughts are incomplete, but all in all it is a great story. Yes it another YA book, but again the only thing that makes it YA is the lack of sexual overtones as well as foul language. It's a great story for an adult or a teenager. The next installment of this triology - Crossed - is due out in November of this year.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly 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.