Matched by Ally Condie
Published by Dutton Books
Available November 30, 2010
Rating: 5/5 Cover: 5/5
Rating: 5/5 Cover: 5/5
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.This book has seriously made dystopian my favorite genre! Right from the start it was a beautiful tale of friendship through government contamination. Personally, I could not stand living in a world where everything is chosen for me because I am a very independent person so the idea just scares the crap out of me! Because I would absolutely hate it!
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 had the opportunity to get an ARC from a friend to read and review before its release and I'm so glad I did so I can share with you my love for it! Matched is a story of true loyalty though everyone and everything around might be crashing down. Choices have to be made and a singular love is torn in two, making life only harder for Cassia! I loved the development of the relationships between Cassia and Xander and Cassia and Ky. Though the book started out a little slow (hardly any books don't in order to set the scene for the rest of the story) it picked up soon and carried me all the way to the end of the book! I can't stress enough the greatness of this book! I loved the development of Cassia! Ally's writing was beautifully done and the characters were made so realistic and loveable. You'll laugh with her, cry with her, and even might fall in love with her.
Probably one of the most heartbreaking scenes took place towards the end of the book where action was taken and the Officials stepped in (which was common). Those who have read may know what I'm talking about, but I'll go no further as to not spoil a thing. But this scene was so intense that I had to hold my breath as I read...and this is what reading the entire book felt like! Leaves you breathless.
This story is so unique and beautiful that it is rare to see a debut written so well and taken to the blogging and reading community as fast and as contagious as it has been! Ally did such an amazing job and is part of the reason for the revolution of YA fiction in 2011/2011! Please do pick this book up as soon as you can...and brace yourself to fall in love!
"Do not go gently into that good night..."