July 1, 2011

Review - Matched by Ally Condie (audiobook)

Cassia is looking forward to her Matching ceremony in which the Society reveals who will be her ideal mate. At first she is happy to be matched with her close friend, Xander, but when she sees Ky Markham’s face flash on the screen for a brief moment, she can’t help but wonder if Ky is actually her true match. She has never questioned the decisions made by the Society’s Officials before—they tell her what to wear, what to eat, and what to do with her free time. But she just can’t shake the feeling that maybe the Society made a mistake in pairing her with Xander and wondering if maybe the Society isn’t wrong about other things as well.

Condie’s writing style has a beautiful, poetic quality, but the plot didn’t draw me in as much as other dystopian novels have. While the story brings up questions of free will, choice, and government control, the plot mainly revolves around the love triangle between Cassia, Xander, and Ky. As a result, it is rather slow-paced. The action begins to picks up near the end, though, which makes me look forward to the next book in the series, Crossed (coming this fall).

The audiobook narrator is believable as Cassia and other characters, and some interesting sound effects enhance the audio version of Matched as well. 



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