Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Matched - A Review by Andrew

Matched - By Ally Condie

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My rating: 4/5 stars

Matched, by Allyson Braithwaite Condie, is a story about a seventeen year old girl named Cassia Maria Reyes. In Cassia's society, you are matched at age 17. Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander Thomas Carrow. This is not a surprise to either of them. When viewing the microcard with Xander's information on it, the screen displays a different friend of Cassia's, Ky Markham. Though Ky and Cassia were not as close as Xander and Cassia, she still finds herself conflicted about who she loves and whether the Society is all that it seems to be. (Summary taken from Wikipedia page "Matched").

Written by someone with the heart of a poet, Matched has a very profound meaning layered throughout. Ally Condie's skill as a writer truly shines when noticing the simplicity of how she pens her words. There are no unnecessary words or thoughts; it is just the story and the theme behind it, presented in a wonderful fashion. Her character Cassia develops in a slower pace than most readers would like, but you see the transformation of a innocent child to an intellectual adult in a detailed experience. I rated this a 4/5 stars because as a whole the story is not complete yet, but I believe as I finish the other two books to this trilogy, I will be more than happy to give it a 5/5 only because of her excellence as a writer. I will definitely be recommending this book to anyone who wants a good read.

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