Friday, November 26

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
By: Ally Condie
Reading Level: Young Adult Futuristic Fiction
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
(November 30th, 2010)
My Copy: Librarything Early Reviewer Copy
BookWhisperer Rating:
Three Stars

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.
Matched was a very unique experience that I was so anxious for the chance to read. Not typically a fan of a futuristic novels I was desperate to give this book a try hoping for a broadening of my reading horizons.  I did find this story to be entertaining and very well built. My main drastic concern with this novel is the over all pace of the story. I struggled through many pages that I felt was lacking a smooth flow throughout the story. I found myself consistently pushing more effort into continuing this story. The storyline is a basic one with a structured society flows perfectly until two people fall in love. This would be a story that I would devour, but I was surprised to find Condie characters lacking depth that would hold my attention. I felt without truely knowing the characters was hindering the progress made chapter after chapter. I regretfully have to say that while I see this as story of potential; I was not sold by this first book. I am hoping for the best in future publications for this author, and I hope that the second book proves me to be totally wrong.

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