Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books/Penguin
ISBN/ASIN: 9780525423645 (arc)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: Nov 20, 2010
In the not too distant future, in the Province of Oria, every aspect of your life will be controlled-and you will like it. How would you ever know that things were not as they seemed? How would you fight back? Could you? And when it came time for Society officials tell you to shake the red pill out of your container and take it-would you?
Will you go gently into that good night?
Ally Condie’s jewel, “Matched” immerses you in the world of Cassia Reyes so much so, that you are swathed in the beauty and serenity of her world. Condie captures you and holds you prisoner in her story-you are elated and surprised when Cassia is matched to her logical choice at her Matching Banquet. Also, it looks as if she will be given a great assignment after Second School. Cassia’s future seems set. She’s followed the rules. She’s been a model Society citizen. Everything seems to have fallen into place. After all, isn’t that how the Society has planned it?
But when Cassia gets a moment to read her matching microcard-that will outline the Matching Guidelines, that will tell her all about her new love, and future husband, someone else’s face pops up. And it’s someone she recognizes.
Has the Society made a mistake?
That one mishap leads Cassia on bittersweet journey that will take an inordinate amount of courage, awareness, newfound hope, and inner rage, to propel her into a destiny of her own choosing-one that will dangerously deviate from the cloistered protection of the Society, making her a potential enemy of the state.
Matched is lethal in its simplicity. Its narrative is carefully cloaked in subtlety that portends a sinister and chilling dystopian future-with Ally Condie as its oracle. It is a stunning story that will both mesmerize and haunt you.
In many ways, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky and Xander takes a back seat in lieu of the overwhelming insidiousness of Condie’s totalitarian vision-its subversive tentacles into the minds, hearts and lives of the Society’s citizens chills me to the bone. This suspenseful fear lingers on throughout the books- causing you to question everything you know. It is an excercise in civil disobedience, dystopian style with an ardent love story at its center.
Condie’s words summon up an equal measure of bittersweet love and anger. You will feel both, and will not be likely to forget it. Ever. Matched was powerful-and stunning. Simply stunning.
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