Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

This was much better than the Lying Games. Cassia and her family live in a future, dystopian society where everything they do (eat, read, wear, etc.) is very carefully controlled for the good of society. Those in charge have decided that the downfall of the country in the past has been because of too many choices and they now determine everyone's lives in order to guarantee a happy and well-ordered future for their citizens. Even marriage partners are determined through a matching process when children turn 17. Cassia has just been matched to her best friend, Xander but another familiar face showed on her screen for a few moments before Xander's face was revealed. Cassia is unable to forget that face and is intrigued by Kyl, whose face she saw.
The story line moved slowly at times but I enjoyed the process of Cassia and Kyl getting to know each other as well as Cassia's conflicting emotions. She didn't want to hurt Xander, she wants to follow the rules, she doesn't want disorder in her life but she feels herself unable to resist the feeling of freedom that comes from making her own choices.
There was some violence as well as a budding romance that make this a definite teenage book. Rated PG-13.

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