Friday, July 8, 2011
Matched by Ally Condie
I had high hopes for Matched, by Ally Condie. For the most part, they were met. It's a bit of a formula now with one girl torn between two guys. Fortunately the plot is different enough for the story to be interesting. The story takes place in a future where everything is controlled. People are told what activities they can choose from, what job to take, what to eat and how much, what to wear, etc. Any step out of line, and there are problems. Even death is controlled
The story starts with Cassia attending her Matching Ceremony. At this formal dinner, she finds out who she is to marry. To her relief, she is to marry Xander, her best friend. Due to a glitch in data, she finds herself wondering if she was actually supposed to be matched to Ky. She finds herself drawn to him and he begins to challenge the life she knows.
The story moves quickly but, like many young adult novels, it doesn't have a clear ending. It's a good thing there is a sequel coming! It's really getting frustrating! I didn't love the book like I wanted to, but it certainly kept me reading. It's a solid young adult novel.