With dystopian romance being such a popular theme in today’s world, Ally Condie adds a best-selling book to something that should entice readers interested in either genre.
In Condie’s book, “Matched”, the main character Cassia Reyes lives in a futuristic time where the Society rules its citizens lives. Cassia believes and trusts in her Society which tells her what to read, whom to love, and even when to die.
When the Society allows Cassia to view her match’s picture for the first time, she, along with everyone else at her banquet, are shocked when they find her match is her best friend, Xander Carrow. When Cassia views the video with the information on her best friend, there is a glitch in the video; another boy’s face appears. Ky Markham is an Aberration, a group of people that do not get Matched. The glitch goes from a rare occurrence that should mean nothing to a life altering path.
As the book goes on, Ky helps Cassia realize what the Society is really about. Deception. In the first book of this trilogy, Cassia needs to decide between her true love and the world she has known her entire life. The book takes us on a journey to see passed the deceptions of her dystopian society. Who will she choose in this twisted love triangle? How will she handle the trickery of her government?
The plot involves Romeo and Juliet with a twist of technology. It is engrossing, pulling the audience in as the plot winds. As the reader discovers the secrets of Cassia’s world, one could almost guess who she will choose. However, Condie does a fantastic job of creatively hiding Cassia’s decision until the very end.
Some compare this book to Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”. Most readers of the newly turned movie will recognize the government control of the character’s lives. Though the ideas are similar, Condie twists the idea into something new and completely her own.
This book takes its’ readers to a thrilling new world that will have you guessing until the very end. Well written and never dull, this book is definitely worth reading.