Matched by Ally Condie Review 3/5

Overall Impression: Good concept, a little shaky on the dismount.

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I’d never heard of this book before or the author, although apparently there was a lot of hype around it. After reading the blurb I was drawn to the concept of the book. It sounded like a modern version of Romeo and Juliet (Not that I’m a fan. Bleuughh. Talk about the most ridiculous, useless degrading teenage depiction. I don’t care what some extremely intelligent scholar says.)  However I though this book had some serious potential, as it seemed like there were so many avenue’s to explore in its dystopian world, but could it live up to my expectations?

“On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.
Except he’s not.
In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel….”

This book begins with Cassia attending one of the most important events of her life. Her Match Banquet. This is where she’ll be Matched with the person she is supposed to spend the rest of her life with. She nervously waits for her Match to appear on the screen, but instead it goes blank, which means her Match must be someone she knows…..from her own town…..
It turns out she has been Matched with her best friend, Xander, who she’s known since she was a child. At first she is excited about this, after all, who could be a better life partner than someone who knows you like the back of their hand? Each person is given a microcard on their Match in order to learn more about them. But when Cassia looks at hers, a different face flashes up on the screen. Ky Markham. A member of the society assures her it must be a silly prank (it couldn’t be the society of course, they NEVER make mistakes) and she is given the correct microcard. During this talk she discovers Ky is an Aberration, meaning he isn’t allowed to be matched due to a crime his father committed. But this only makes Cassia more curious….. Continue reading