Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First off, I won this advanced reading copy from Goodreads giveaway....thanks a million!
Who knew that learning cursive could be so romantic and moving?! (You'll have to read to see what I mean!)
Cassia Reyes lives in a society where choices are made for the citizens. The Officials decide what you eat, how much you exercise, what your vocation will be, what music, poems and books you can listen to and read...even who you will be matched to in life. When Cassia goes to the Matching Ceremony she is matched with her long time best friend Xander. Days later Cassia plugs in Xander's data card to see more about her lifetime match; but it's not only Xander she sees, she also sees another childhood friend, Ky Markham, appear on the screen. A mistake? Cassia is intrigued by this, not only because the Officials never make a mistake, but by the mysterious Ky himself that moved to the boroughs from the Outer Provinces.
Cassia's curiosity draws her to Ky and he to her. They grow closer despite the fact that they are breaking every rule created by the Officials to protect the citizens. Ky teaches Cassia simple things that she never would have learned otherwise, like writing, thinking and learning that love can exist outside of her ordered Match. That there are others out there who are fighting the control the Officials have...for freedom.
I loved this book, it has some small similarities to The Hunger Games and to The Giver being that they are all dystopian in nature. There isn't the action that is in HUNGER GAMES but there is more human depth and awareness of feelings than THE GIVER. I actually like Matched better than both of those books. It's brilliant, I love the soft and sweet romance that slowly develops. I love the passion the resonates from Cassia and Ky when they figure out the only way they can be together is in a free society, not the society created to "keep them safe".
I hadn't realized this was a series when I received this book. I think this series could be huge. It's has elements of what's popular in fiction these days, young romance, dystopia and question the all-controlling society. It's good, real good, I hope this book becomes a success!
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