Matched by Ally Condie

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“Cassia has always trusted the Society’s choices. And when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia is certain he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now she is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one dares follow… between perfection and passion.”

This is the first novel in the Matched trilogy. Even though it is considered to be a dystopian novel I saw it more as a sweet high school love story. Unlike some other dystopian novels, the Divergent trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy, this book had very minimal acts of violence. The violence that is in this book isn’t that violent either. The actions are similar to a parent’s when they discipline a child, the characters actions just had different consequences. I enjoyed reading this novel and I know a few other people who are even older than me that have enjoyed it, but I’d say that the target audience lies within the middle and high school ages. I did like the fact that their wasn’t any extremely aggressive violence within the story. While reading this book, I did find it hard to choose the guy that I wanted her to end up with. At times I wished that she’d go back to her original match but at other times I was rooting for the bad boy. It was either her childhood best friend or the mysterious boy on the block. They both were so different from each other. This book was pretty good and is worth a read.

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