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Friday, December 17, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

Released: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Rated: YA

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

What I thought:

This was good. Scary, but good. It reminded me a bit of another book I read, by Ben Elton. I'm not normally a fan of love triangles but I was pulled into this. The freedom of choice that we all take for granted is taken away from the citizens in this story. You don't get to decide what you eat, what you wear, who you married, if and how many kids you have. It is scary to think that this might someday happen, doubtful, but you never know.

As a reader, I was horrified, beyond horrified, at the thought of all the lost books (and you know, music, art, etc) that were burned or destroyed. I cried through a bit of this. But it was a powerful story and I can't help but feel that the repeated phrase of Do Not Go Gentle really fits this story. I can't wait for the next book to see where this all goes.


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