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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Matched by Ally Condie

Hello Everyone!
I need to think of a more inventive word other that "Everyone"..Hmm.. Anyway, I have finished Matched, meaning it is now time for another of my crazy reviews.
Here it is:

 Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Published: November 10th 2010
No. of Page: 369

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.

                                              Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
                                              however, it was not catapulted into amazing.
My Thoughts:  
I was actually quite hesitant to try this book because of the reviews on Goodreads since they are mainly two stars. However, I'm doubling that score because I did enjoy this book. As you may know, I like Kick-ass heroines in adventure books that has romance in, and Cassia isn't exactly Kick-ass. Yet. Still, it was an adorable romance story.

The blurb for this book is actually very misleading, okay? What actually happens is that everything goes well at the matching ceremony and she is matched with Xander (how do you pronounce his name?) but when she goes to put the micro-card that contains all the information about each other, Ky's face appears, and then goes back to Xander. Cassia is obviously worried, the system is supposed to infallible, so what happened. An official soon approaches her, assuring her that this is just some cruel joke because Ky is an Aberration, someone who has committed an infraction or, in Ky's case, their parents have. Despite all the reassurances, Cassia is still curious about Ky, so she asks permission to tell her Grandfather, who is scheduled to die the next day.

 I have to talk about this bit. The chapter where Cassia's grandfather dies is probably the most I have cried at a book. It was so emotional and her Grandfather was so strong, that he instantly became my favourite character in the series. After reading that bit, I cried and cried, although I tried not to wake anyone up, because it was just so emotional, and this scene is where we first she the spark of rebellion. Cassia's grandfather, hid a poem that is not supposed to have been kept, in Cassia's artifact a compact. He read it before he died, and then leaves it in the compact, where Cassia then reads it before having to destroy it. I instantly fell in love with this poem. So I have to include them in the review:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

 In a way, Cassia and Ky's relationship develops because of that poem, Cassia tells him the lines of the poem, and Ky teaches her how to write, as well as giving her drawings and words that tell her about his life. The pair slowly fall in love despite receiving a warning, and Cassia eventually tells Xander how she feels. That went well...

This all shows that the society they live under isn't at all as perfect as it seems to be, and there seems to be secrets under the formation of Cassia and Ky's relationship, that wasn't as much of a mistake as it seems. This seems a good place to talk about how the society works. Basically, everything is chosen for you: The meals you eat, the activities you do, the poems you read, the paintings and songs, even the person you marry. To Cassia, this is all normal until she meets Ky. She starts to question what she wants, and it is exactly the opposite of what she should. She wants to wear her own clothes, eat her own food, run as much as she wants but she can't. I found that this society was actually in a way worse that those that are directly oppressive. Simply because people didn't understand what was happening, they didn't understand that they had a chance to do what they wanted, that they were actually living in fear. This just made me hate the officials and the society for doing this to those people.

Now, onto teams. I'm so sorry Xander, I have to go with Ky, not just because he has a name I can pronounce. I felt that Xander and Cassia had to be together whilst Cassia and Ky they chose to be together and you have to follow your heart. Xander, you are a nice guy, but you've been friend-zoned.
Before I end, here is a quote:
“That’s how I know they are dreams. Because the simple and plain and everyday things are the ones that we can never have. (Cassia Reyes)”
― Ally Condie,

rita xo

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