Sunday, November 6, 2011

Book Review: Matched

Matched (Matched, #1) 
by Ally Condie

Hardcover366 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile

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.
(Goodreads Summary)

Crossed, the highly anticipated second book in this series by Ally Condie came out this past Tuesday. And before reading it, I decided that I needed to read the first book again to reintroduce myself to the characters and the story. And it was definitely worth a second read, which tells you it is truly worth a first. 

Matched is not action packed. This book isn't full of explosions and battles, but small moments that escalate the story. Small moments that create incredible tension. The touch of a hand, the line of a poem, and the color of a pair of eyes say more than any action packed scene could. All of these small moments work together to create a story that is truly beautiful. It moves like water, slow and fluid. Yet sends a ripple at exactly the right moments, carrying you until the last page. 

Cassia is an enjoyable narrator. And we get to experience this journey with her as she discovers the cracks in her society. As she begins to see things that she never thought to look at before. As she starts to ask questions she didn't think needed answers. As she begins to wonder. And most importantly, as she begins to fall in love. 

It makes both your mind and your heart race. Though the pace is slow, you will be out of breath by the time you reach the end. 

I love this book, and I cannot wait to devour Crossed. 

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