FREMONT, CA USA
Ally Condie gives us a dystopic society through the eyes of a sweet yet strong young girl who begins questioning the life she's always been conditioned to believe was the one meant for her. While society may have statistics and numbers on its side, this story is about the indomitable human spirit and a love that refuses the odds.
The narration was well done and meshed well with the story rather than being a distraction. This is an excellent book for Young Adults because it begs the reader to ask questions about our own society and lives. It lacks the violence and grandeur of a book like the Hunger Games but will perhaps encourage readers to appreciate the small freedoms in life a bit more: having the world at our fingertips via the internet, being able to pick up and read a book of poetry that has not been censored down to the 100 best poems, look at a painting, knowing it is not one of only 100 deemed useful to keep. Simply thinking itself becomes a luxury in the controlled and constantly monitored world of "Matched".
Not the most uplifting of books, but certainly one worth reading and heeding.
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