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February 26, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Match made in heaven?

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Matched, by Ally Condie, was on my reading list for a year or so after I saw it advertised in a magazine. I am always on the look out for new things to read and this dystopian novel caught my eye. I have a real fascination for dystopian literature thanks to We by Zamyatin and The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood, which I studied at university. These haunting visions of potential and, what seems like, increasingly more likely futures both fascinate and terrify me in their descriptions of the decline of our society in to a totalitarian state.

This novel joins Cassia as she prepares to attend her Matching Ceremony where she will be matched, by the Society, to her ‘perfect’ partner whom she will be expected to marry. This ceremony marks the turning point for Cassia when she is ‘accidentally’ matched to two people – her best friend Xander and the mysterious and alluring Ky. As Cassia becomes involved in a love affair, against the wishes of the Society, she realises that far from being protected, for her own good, she is part of a controlling and restrictive regime where even her own memory can’t always be relied upon. As she discovers more of the Society’s secrets Cassia begins a journey, which involves tearing down everything she had believed in in an attempt to reclaim her future.

I found this book was exciting and quite tense at times and although it was aimed at a teen audience, and was an easy read, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. However, I went on to read The Hunger Games Trilogy after this and was so blown away by it that unfortunately Matched paled slightly in comparison. That being said I would still recommend this novel if the concept is something you are interested in as Condie is an interesting writer and keeps the reader on their toes.

I have Ben well-trained as he came home today and said that he heard a radio programme about a new dystopian novel called Wool by Hugh Howey and I don’t know about you but I think that doing this blog means that I need to buy lots of new books to review so that’s next on my list! If anyone can recommend any dystopian novels that they have really enjoyed please let me know. Sharing is caring 😉

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