Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Review: Matched


Today I shall review a book titled Matched by Ally Condie

Description of the book:
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.

My review:

If you follow my blog, you would know that I posted the trailer of this book the day it was released. This reflects the fact that I was excited about it. When I am excited about a book, my expectations get high; especially, if I had never read the genre from before.

Matched is a dystopian. Dystopian (in this book) means …… it takes place in the future where people are controlled by officials. There were told what to study, where to work and WHO TO MARRY. Cassia is a typical girl who is matched to her friend (Xander). Then she falls in love with someone else.

The concept of the novel is new and least to me. This book makes you think what might happen if we started using technology too much. It started with typing reports neatly and it might end up with deciding who we should be marrying. 

Could you imagine technology in the future?

If I were to tell you about one thing that I liked about this book, was the fact that it made me think. And this book made me think even more since I was reading it during the Egyptian revolution. There are countries out there that, in fact, are being controlled. Example would be the Middle Eastern countries. Ok maybe they are not controlled to the point where they are told who to marry to. But they are controlled to the point where they find it hard to even get married. There are countries that don't give their people their basic needs. No basic freedom. This does exist, sadly.

Going back to the bookà it wasn’t really engaging. I found hard time remembering the main character's name (not a good sign). I even looked for the name while writing this review. The setting was boring since Cassia basically lived in a box…a controlled box. However, I think I will end up reading book #2 because I am just optimistic these days.

The cover is in fact beautiful. It represents the book fully.

Tata for now


Tribute Books Mama said...

thanks! for sharing

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Good, honest review. I've got this book, and can't wait to read it. All the reviews seem to be split, but I'm an optimist too.
Brilliant review


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