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Series: Matched Trilogy
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: 10/30/2010
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 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’ve seen a few bad reviews of this book and honestly, I can’t see why. In fact, I’m disappointed in myself for not having picked this book up sooner than I did.
I looked at this book a couple of years ago at my local Barnes & Noble and put it back on the shelf at that time because it just didn’t seem like a book I’d be interested in. Boy was I ever wrong! I had a hard time putting the book down, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about getting back to it.
In a way, I relate with Cassia a lot. I like the idea of taking the safe route, but once I realize that taking the safe route means I don’t have choices, that I’m not allowed to make choices because they’re made for me, I don’t want to take that safe route. I want to do what I want. I want to choose my job, my life partner, when I’ll have kids (if I’ll have kids), etc. So I definitely relate to Cassia because of this.
I’d heard this book was slow, but I have to tell you, it really wasn’t as slow as people made it out to be. You simply have to be interested in the story itself. Yes, the story takes a while to tell – but a lot of the reason for that is so that the reader understands the way the world is in this story. This is a dystopian world, make no mistake about that. The Government, aka The Society, had determined what is optimal for everyone and enforces it.
This book left me wondering what I’d do if I were faced with the same dilemma as Cassia. And what exactly would I be willing to do to make my choice a reality. If you don’t mind the story taking a bit of time, I definitely recommend this book. It’s a 4 star read that honestly shouldn’t be missed.