Matched by Ally Condie


by Ally Condie

Book Summary:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Review:

In the Society your freedom of choice is gone.  Based on your data they choose who you should marry, what you should be, even what foods you should eat for maximum health.  Cassia grew up in this society so like most people she trusts what she knows.  When she is matched with Xander she is excited because they are best friends and it’s very comfortable.  It’s later when she finally when she learns the system is being manipulated that she starts too question everything. Is Xander her match or is it Ky.

Xander is a nice person.  He is very Society and knows what is expected of him.  He is on a path that could put him higher ranking in the Society.  He is safe and comfortable for Cassia.

Ky is not safe.  He has secrets and the more Cassia talks with him the more she falls in love. But they face the Society rules and their need to control every aspect of your life.

There were times I just wanted to scream at the book “What are you allowing these people to do to you!!”  The Society has gone to far.  Their need for perfection has made it so basic human rights are not being met.  With arranged marriages and deciding what someone can wear and eat it’s almost as though with moving forward, they have gone back in time.

While this is very much about the Society and fighting back to take control of your own life this is also a romance.  It’s about the need to love who you choose.  It’s a story that pulls you in and keeps you reading.temp-4



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