Matched by Ally Condie
Synopsis: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. From Goodreads.com
This book is right up there with Hunger Games. A dystopia society that a strong-minded girl struggles to get out of. Except where I could never see the Hunger Games actually happening, Matched could, not now, but maybe after 2012... One day if the world becomes desperate enough we could be live in a world like Matched. The government is kind of Communist; people wear the same clothes and are supposed to be equal, but it never works out that way. The officials that decide everything act like "Gods". The scary thing is there is an idea like this out there.
A lot of people have read the Hunger Games trilogy (I loved all three), but a lot of people missed the point. What did you think of Mockingjay?
The point of these types of books aren't to end happily, their point is to give the reader a message that says these things can't ever happen, and there are things YOU can do to prevent them.
Imagine the Holocaust. Hitler took away the Jews humanity right by right until he killed them. What if instead the government was trying to "protect" people by taking away their choices and it got to the point where they were killing people. Sure, the killing happens at an old age, but really it's a slow miserable death that starts when you're born.
Pretty Little Liars fans- the girls know the truth together they each have a piece, but they're not allowed to talk to each other because of what it could do to them. In Matched no one knows how to survive on their own, no one know the whole truth.
Both Ky and Cassia were very real. Cassia starts out an obedient citizen then evolves into a deep person who wants a real life. Ky was always the average citizen who didn't know who he was then he met Cassia and was finally able to be himself.
Spread the word. Tell your friends, librarians, anyone who likes to read. We need to band together and get people interested in this book.
Overall- 10- One of the best books I've read.