Friday, April 29, 2011
Matched by Ally Condie
Published: Nov. 2010, 366 pp.
Source: Personal Library
Review: 4.5/5 stars
Brief Summary: Cassia Reyes lives in a world of no choices. The Society controls everything from the food the people eat and the clothes they wear, to the career they will have and whom they will marry. Cassia has never questioned this until, somehow, a mistake is made and she begins to question the way the Society controls her life.
My Thoughts: I loved this book. I've discussed it with two book clubs and a few people have agreed that it's a "watered down Hunger Games". While there are definitely similarities, I think that Matched has its own merits that make it worthy of all the hype surrounding it. I think the world Ally Condie has created is creepy and terrible in a much more subtle way than many other dystopian worlds. I like the quiet build-up of tension in the book. The love triangle is becoming a bit of a tired plot device for me but it still works here. I have lots of questions that I want answered in the next book and I'm looking forward to it.
Recommendations: This is a great book for those who liked the ideas behing Hunger Games but didn't like the violence. I think that kids as young as 11-12 could enjoy this one.
Ratings: 1.2.1 Includes kissing, references to violent actions by others, and no profanity that I can recall. (If there is any profanity it would be very mild).
Thanks for reading!