I read quite a bit of young adult sci-fi. It’s so darn fun. The stories are simple and interesting, they’re a fast read, and they usually come in series – giving me plenty of nighttime reading material for weeks. I was giddy when I was asked to review Matched by Ally Condie – it is right up my alley. Set in the not-too-distant future, the story centers around a small community of people that are closely controlled and monitored by a governing power known collectively as The Society. Everything – food, jobs, clothing, possessions – is controlled by the society to maintain what is perceived to be a perfect lifestyle. There is no sickness, no injuries, and very few non-natural deaths. The people live blissfully ignorant lives while being constantly reminded of how thankful they should be for their safe and protected lives.
The story opens when the heroine, Cassia, is preparing for her Matching banquet – a party held frequently for teens who have come of page. During the banquet, each teen is matched, via computer, with his/her statistically perfect mate. Usually the matches end up being across the world from each other, so Cassia is shocked when her lifelong best friend, Xander, is chosen for her match. Despite the statistical perfection of her match, Cassia can’t help falling for Ky, a societal outcast, which makes her question the perfection the Society leads her to believe.
Matched is a pretty typical dystopian novel. There’s a corrupt government, the ignorant townsfolk, and forbidden love… and I just eat all of it up. I enjoyed this book immensely and I can’t wait to dig into the second novel. You should do the same!
I was asked to review this book for the BlogHer Book club. All opinions expressed are my own.