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January 06, 2014

Matched by Ally Condie Review

Matched by Ally Condie
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group)

Published: 2010
Pages: 366

Synopsis: (Found on GR)
   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 with complete certainty that 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



Review:

Cover: 3/5
                When I first got this I hadn’t seen the covers of the other two books in the series. I absolutely love dress and how it actually has meaning in the story.  I don’t like how MTV is quoted at the top. If it wasn’t for two of my reading friends telling me the book was good even though there was a love triangle, I wouldn’t have picked it up. Overall the concept of all three book covers is great; Enclosed in Society`s bubble, Breaking out, and freedom.


Characters: 2.5/5
                Cassia: Still undecided if I like the main character which is pretty sad. She is lucky that she gets matched with someone in her Society. In some aspects I think she is a rounded character but, overall I just don’t sync with her.
                Xander: What girl wouldn't want to be matched with this guy; lives in same Society City, good looks and great personality. He is pretty full of himself sometimes who makes him come off as extremely cocky but I think that is what best friends are made of.  I’m not sure if Cassia deserves a guy like Xander but I still hope they keep their friendship alive.
                Ky: He seems like the mysterious creepy guy that pops up outside a girls bedroom window without any warning (cough cough *Edward* cough). After reading more I do like him but he has a troubled past and with the way Society is built I don’t believe he can ever make something of himself.


Plot: 3/5

                As I said before I was holding off on reading this series because of the love triangle. Condie introduced it in such a way that I was hooked. Society is pretty number oriented and uniformed. The artifacts that some families had were a way to let them be unique but that didn’t last long. I think I could survive in society if need be. Condi uses color o create aspects to add the splash to a rather dreary living arrangement.


TTFN,
Ashley 

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