Monday, November 15, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

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.

You know a book is good when you stay up until 3am reading it. That was exactly the case while I was reading Matched. It kept me on the very edge of my seat with every page. The writing was beautiful and pristine. Ally Condie conveys a world that is gorgeous, horrible, fresh, and full of wonder. The dystopian world that Condie created was original and gradually introduced step by step. I liked that this book wasn’t totally action-packed and focused more on what was going on.
There’s also a love triangle! I have a love/hate relationship with love triangles because of how hard it is to write them. This makes it so that very few people can successfully write a love triangle. Ally Condie is one of the few people that can write a good love triangle. It doesn’t intrude on the story, but you still care a great deal about the two male characters competing for the protagonist.
This book is getting tons of hype, which means that a lot of people have really high expectations. Matched almost lived up to my expectations. The beginning was slow, but besides that I really liked this book.

A quick note on the cover- I love this cover so much. The green and the dress and the formatting of the cover! I love it! The ARC is also sparkly. I love sparkly books.

FTC- From another blogger who got it at BEA.


Caroline said...

All I've heard are rave reviews of this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as everyone else. I hope it'll live up to the hype when it finally comes it.

brandileigh2003 said...

I agree- I really enjoyed this one and it was a well written love triangle- thanks for the review. Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Unknown said...

Glad you enjoyed it too! Great review :D

I agree about the love triangle but I so wish that you-know-who was mentioned more. I felt so sad that he wasn't in the story as much.

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I've has this one on pre-order for a long time...I can't wait to get it! Great review.