Friday, January 21, 2011

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.

I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading Matched. I had noticed that people either didn't care too much for it or they didn't get into it until the last half. I was worried that the book I had waited for so long for wasn't really as good as promised.

I was not disappointed, though. Having just finished reading a fast paced novel Matched really was much slower paced. But, put into perspective of the world in which the novel takes place there really wasn't much of a chance it was going to be very face paced.

I really enjoyed the writing. I feel that Ally Condie really spent a lot of time creating this futuristic world. Her descriptions really made me feel as though I could see everything through the eyes of her protagonist, Cassia.

The characters were very well created as well. I think Condie did an excellent job of creating deep, three dimensional characters who survive by appearing to be nothing different, but they really are.

The plot was slow, but again for this futuristic world there really wasn't any way to make the plot move any faster. I really look forward to reading more work by Ally Condie. I'm also hoping there will be more to come in Cassia's story.

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