Sunday, October 31, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie


In Cassia's world, the Society makes every decision for you, from what you eat to who you marry. When her match contains a surprising mistake, Cassia begins on a journey that will lead her to question everything about her life, including herself.

Okay, I see why people really love this book. The world-building is intriguing and well-imagined; the ethics very blurry. Nothing is truely what it seems, nor is anything black and white/good or evil. Cassia herself is both likeable and irritating at turns. And the boys, even moreso.

I especially liked how the romance was handled in the story. Cassia loves them both; she really is torn for most of the book. And the relationships change in a believable manner, over months and due to time spent together and things learned, just as real romances do. Cassia becomes an adult, in a way that many of the adults around her never do.

Even the side characters are well-drawn and believable. Gavin, her Grandfather, her parents, they all seemed very real and very stuck in the world they live in. Even when they make the "right" decisions (as if they really get to make any) things can take an awful turn.

I'll be thinking about this story for some time. And while I do see the similarities others have mentioned to The Giver and A Wrinkle in Time, I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing...

5 comments:

naomibates said...

you wouldn't perhaps, want to loan me this galley, would you? I read your review and others and you know the feeling....

Patti said...

Hey Naomi! If Jenn's copy is spoken for I might be able to scare up a copy for you.

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I really enjoyed this book. I'm so glad I was able to snag an ARC of it. It was even better than I had hoped.

Jenn H. said...

Yeah, I have to hold on to mine for just a bit longer. I could share in a couple weeks...

DogEar said...

While I believe this will be a popular book, I can't rate it up there with The Giver or Ship Breaker. Though, for what it tackles, it does a good job. The writing needs to be cleaned up a bit but I'm hoping that will happen before the final publication. Definitely an easy one to booktalk!