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Matched by Ally Condie

Can you imagine being 17 and having the government pick who you are going to be with for the rest of your life? It makes me cringe just thinking about it. In the futuristic society of Matched by Ally Condie, this is exactly what happens. You meet Cassia Reyes, a beautiful and innocent 17-year-old girl who is heading to her Match Banquet.

Of course the Society makes the Match Banquet a glamorous celebration for the teens and their families, an event to look forward to with anticipation. No one questions any of the decisions made by the Society. But it is not just the Match that is controlled but every aspect of life. It is fascinating and frightening to see how every member of the city accepts this way of life. The clothing, food, jobs, free time activities, and even day of death is decided by the Society, with Officials there to oversee everything they do.

Cassia seems like just another member of Society. She follows the rules and does what she is told. She has no reason to question why things are done the way they are. At the beginning of the book I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and tell her she did not need to live like this and that she could think for herself! Finally something happens that makes her start wondering.

When Cassia inserts a microcard into her computer containing information about her Match, she is shocked to see the face of another boy on the screen. She is not sure what to think. The Society never makes errors. So why did this happen? She is curious about the other boy. She starts to think for herself, which is the one thing the Society does not want to happen.

Matched is a gripping dystopian novel that pulls you in and does not let go. It is a love story and also one of survival. You become immersed in the lives of the characters. Cassia is a strong female character who has a lot of potential, if she can somehow break away from the confines of the Society she lives in. I am really anxious to see how things play out. The sequel cannot come soon enough!

~Janell

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