Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Matched- Ally Condie
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: Audio book
Release Date: Available
From the back: 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
Review: I've been told before that some of my own plot ideas sound a lot like Matched, but I'd never read it. So, after having it written on my TBR list for almost as long as it's been out, I got my hands on the audio book (because you know my new love for them is huge right?) This was one of the ones that I found something to do just so I could listen to it, or laid in bed listening to it. It's a little bit slow at first, but as the story progresses it got increasingly more interesting, especially as Cassia got more willing to do things she wasn't supposed to be doing, things against the Society.
The relationships between Cassia, Xander, and Ky are excellently written, nothing is over night. They all have a history which is built on and explored and revealed piece by piece throughout the story. The idea that the Society is infallible is something that is common with all Dystopians, but it doesn't seem tired in Matched.
Over all I enjoyed it, it's a great listen :)