Thursday, December 8, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie


Cassia Maria Reyes has always followed the rules. She has never questioned the decisions of the society who tell her who to marry, when to have children, when to die. Cassia is 17 now and lucky her the Matching Banquet falls exactly on her birthday so she will know who she has matched with to spend the rest of her life with. This is all for the good of the citizens of course. This way they will live the most optimal life possible. So Cassia is dressed in her green dress which she gets to keep only a piece of later. She is stunning compared to others because no one else picked a dress like hers.


There she is standing ready for the boy who would at 21 be her husband. She waits for awhile but the screen is blank. That could only mean that the person she is matched with is in the same town/province/city/district (sorry can't remember what it is exactly called). It's Xander who every girl would have wanted. He is also her best friend. It's perfect. But when, even though she knows so much about him, she checks the microcard? (sorry again with the name). There she sees Xander's face but a glitch occurs she sees someone else's face. Someone she knows. Ky Markham.

An official eases her worry later on and tells her a secret about Ky that she should not ordinarily know. She visits her grandfather before he dies at the age of 80 like everyone else does. It's the best age to die. She's extremely close to her grandfather. She is so much like him and when he gives her a poem she doesn't know what to do. It's illegal. There are only a Hundred Poems and she would get in serious trouble if she is caught with it. Here's one that she repeats over and over. It's only the first part of it.

Do Not Go Gentle in that Good Night by Dylan Thomas
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.

You can find the rest here.

She looks at it on a hill where she thought no one would see. But someone did see. Ky. This was a really good book. I thought at first that reading it that I really should stop reading so many dystopians because they all sound the same but, this book really grew on me. The relationships are not so contrived as other books I've read. It was a slow pace but it was nice. It was a good slow because it suited the book. Don't get me wrong it's not snail pace. I loved Ky and what he showed Cassia. It got really interesting when he did that. He... ah! Don't want to ruin anything. The book's society, the way it is written, disturbed me more than other dystopians. It really got to me. Now go read it. You will not be disappointed.

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