Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November, 2010)
Book Source: ARC from Publisher
Ally Condie's new novel Matched opens with Cassia Reyes confronting her future as planned out by the authorities of the very controlled society that she lives in. While she is excited to discover who her match is and what her assigned career will be, she is also beginning to think for herself and question the way things are. Set in a future where everything in society runs perfectly and everyone's needs are met, this novel challenges the reader to think about the systems which we rarely even notice let alone question. It makes you wonder what our future societies will be like and who will be in control.
Matched is a compelling dystopian novel that is aimed at an audience of 12 and up. It is very character driven and the issues that are raised through the characters are universal to young people everywhere. Will you go along with the crowd, or will you make your own path? How to recognize true love and how to remain loyal to your friends. Cassie has to decide whether to remain within the safety of her known controlled environment, or allow her creativity and individuality to flourish. But does Cassie even have any individuality, or is even her rebellion predictable?
I really enjoyed this novel even though it was written for youth. I love the political ideas that come through as well as the easy to follow story line and the likable characters. This novel was all about the confusion and questioning that is part of being a human trying to make individual life choices in the midst of societies structures. The plot of this story is not finished and once you finish you will be eager for the next installment.
Author Site: http://www.allysoncondie.com/
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