Friday, January 6, 2012

The Perfect Society at What Cost? Matched by Ally Condie

Just the Facts:

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Addiction Level: I ignored the hubby and puppy until I finished the book.

Believe-ability: It was believable.

Dystopia Factor: The world has been turned upside down and all hope is lost.


I waited eagerly for Matched to be published, because some critics said it was going to be the next best thing since The Hunger Games! Wow! Aren’t we boastful? It was the first book published on my kindle, and it was definitely worth the money I paid for it.

Matched is set in a futuristic perfect world where everything is regulated. (Matched is very reminiscent of The Giver in this aspect.) It seems even love can be calculated in a scientific manner. One thing unique to this society is the Matching: teens are matched to their future mates at 17 whom they will marry at 21 and have kids with at 24.

Cassia is matched on her 17th birthday. When she views her match on her port (computer), the images of boys (both of whom she knows) appear. She is told there is a glitch in the system, and she is matched with only one boy. However, she begins to wonder she could be in love with the wrong boy or both boys! Pick up this book to see who Cassia chooses!

As a side note: Matched took the best parts of The Giver (which I cannot stand), combined it with hints of Fahrenheit 451, and topped it off with a dash of The Hunger Games. This is a sure read for dystopia fans.

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