Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Matched by Ally Condie

Imagine a world where the government decides who you love, where you work, and when you die. The novel Matched by Ally Condie is an example of a dystopia with a love triangle that occurs between the main character Cassia Reyes, Xander Carrow and Ky Markham. It is an incredible novel that keeps the reader interested to know what will occur next.

It all starts at a special matching ceremony where Cassia Reyes, who just turned seventeen, will finally learn who she will be spending the rest of her life with. "I've waited so long for this: for my Match Banquet. Where I'll see for the first time the face of the boy who will be my match"(4). Luckily for her, she is matched with her childhood friend Xander instead of a complete stranger from another country. She is given a microcard that shows information about him, but a technical error shows her matched with another boy - Ky Markham.

Ky is classified as an "aberration'', which means that he is not meant to be matched. "This is confidential information, but Ky Markham could never be your match. He will never be anyone's match"(46). Cassia begins to question her match with Xander and her new relationship with Ky soon jeopardizes their future. The "Officials" are the people who monitor the peoples actions to make sure that they are not breaking the rules and report it to the ''Society'', which is their government.

They have strict rules and restrictions. Their food is delievered to them and prepared by the "Officials" everyday so that it could meet everybody's nutritional needs and they all have to wear regulation clothing. Citizens are assigned to theb jobs that best match their skill set. In this society there are only 100 preapproved poems, songs, and paintings. All other works, have been destroyed so that the people do not get any ideas about free thinking and rebellion. "My great-grandmother, an Official herself, did steal that poem"(126).

Author Ally Condie makes it clear that having a society that is disease free and very peaceful may not always be as good as it sounds. Citizens follow rules that keep them in a state of ignorance throughout the whole book and that is a true dystopia. Readers that like a good dystopia and romance novel will really enjoy reading this book.

Condie, Ally, and Irene Vandervoort. Matched. New York: Dutton, 2010. Print.

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