Matched by Ally Condie (ARC)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Versions: hardcover, audio
Received from: Around The World Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It's barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one...until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path no one else has ever dared follow-between perfection and passion.
This is one of those books that make you think a lot, and from the beginning you know it is going to be a hit. Cassia experiences the most amazing day of her life-the Match Ceremony-where her perfect match will be presented before her. Cassia is surprised that her best friend, Xander, was the one chosen-but she realizes that he is perfect for her. But when another face shows up on the screen, Cassia can't help but to be curious. And she asks herself why whenever she looks at him, she gets ideas into her brain. Ideas, the Officials would not approve of.
Matched by Ally Condie is like a mix of The Hunger Games and The Uglies. I felt that the capital was just as demanding and it was also set in the future. That being said, it didn't feel like a reread of The Hunger Games or The Uglies series-it was very refreshing and brilliantly written.
Will I reread it?
Yes, I cannot wait until this book is released so I can buy a finished copy. I love the cover, it is so gorgeous and I hope for a sequel (crossing my fingers). Thank you Ally Condie for this amazing read.