Monday, December 13, 2010
Matched by Ally Condie
It is Cassia's 17th birthday and the Society holds a banquet to let her know who her match is. Miraculously, her match is her best friend Xander, who she has known all her life. Cassia is thrilled until she sees a fleeting image of another boy on her data card. Could he be her real match? He is Ky, an introverted orphan from the outer provinces whom she also has known for several years. For the first time in her life Cassie starts to have doubts about the Society and the lack of choice it gives its citizens. Before her grandfather dies at his scheduled time on his 80th birthday he slips her an illegal poem that begins "Do not go gentle into that good night." Cassia can't get these words out of her head and she slowly begins a relationship with the forbidden Ky. Ally Condie has created an interesting Society, with obvious parallels to The Giver and other dystopian literature. What makes this story unique is the focus on relationships and poetry and Cassia's slow awakening to the possibilities of a different life. My disappointment with the book is that the ending is unresolved. The author is planning a trilogy, but I would have preferred more resolution in this first volume. Recommend this to readers from 7th through 12th grades—especially fans of romance.