Matched by Ally Condie

Four stars

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

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly 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.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

I confess, at the beginning of this book I thought it more hilarious than anything else. Granted, it was the first dystopian I had ever read and all the elements that comes with a dystopian were very foreign and quite laughable to me. But, as I kept reading, I soon lost all my humor in it and began to see it for the amazing story that it is.

It’s about a girl being told all of the decisions she can make in her life—how long she can go to school, where she can go to work, what she can eat, how much she can eat, even who she can marry. She has no control over her life, the officials control everything that goes on in everyone’s lives. This is happening to everyone but they all think it’s normal, they know nothing else.

But Cassia’s eyes are opened to the truth, however, and she knows that they cannot go on living this way. Something has to change. No matter the risks, she’s willing to take them. For freedom.

A story perfect for dystopian lovers! Be prepared to be wowed and amazed by the depths this story explores. This whole series is amazing!

“It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.”

― Ally Condie, Matched

Your turn!

Do you enjoy dystopian? What’s your favorite trope? Have you read Matched or any books by Ally Condie?

Blessings, Allyson


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