Matched – Ally Condie Review

This book surprised me, in the best possible way. It was an absolute page turner that had me hooked right from the start.

amazon.co.uk says:

“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 . . .”

I actually picked this book up because I have seen it floating around the blogosphere of late. Normally, if I were to judge by blurb alone, I’m not sure that this book would have shone up on my radar… which I can categorically state would have been a crying shame.

A modern dystopian novel a la Orwell’s “1984”, whereby society is controlled, in it’s entirety, by the few leading the many. History is abandoned/forgotten, people’s indiviuality and freedom of choice is a thing of the past and even relationships are based purely on statistics and characteristic based probability.

An utterly fascinating glimpse (there is a second book on the horizon some time this year, which i am looking forward to) at this society, even more impressively done by a new author. A very impressive first novel if ever I saw one. Written in clear and precise though not simplified prose, this is a novel I would most definately like to read again and also to read the sequel.

5/5


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About Nerdsbian

I am a nerd for ALL seasons. I am a genderqueer Librarian who unsurprisingly likes reading...a lot But I love being outside too...sometimes even reading at the same time. Also animals, any and all of them. Never yet met one that didn't get on with me and vice versa. I do a couple of different voluntary jobs (animal charity related) and have recently completed my MA.
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