Matched by Ally Condie

"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


As with a lot of books I really was drawn to the cover of Matched by Ally Condie and after reading the book you realize how fitting it is. I enjoyed the character development of Cassia in the book, rather then flipping from loving the Society to hating it like someone flipped a switch. We instead see her start to have doubts and try to push them away. Then slowly as pieces come to together she starts to see the cracks in the Society. She even has points where she can understand how for some people the Society is a good thing. I felt she came to the decision of how she felt about it more naturally.

The love triangle is a difficult one because I loved both of the guys. Like the title the two boys are equally matched with their good and bad qualities. I also like the clever ways they kind of compete for Cassia, instead of punching it out.

There are definitely some twist and turns. You think something is one way and then it turns out to be another. I felt paranoid for the characters that someone might always be watching them. Kind of like a horror movie where you want to scream, don't go through that door idiot.

The writing had a nice flow to it. I felt the book progressed at a good pace. I'm looking forward to reading Crossed. 
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About Jen S

I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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