After meeting 2 wonderful bloggers at BEA/BBC in NYC in June ( enough acronyms for you) we have decided to team up to create the League of Rebellious Readers. Sooo the new look and the new feel of the blog is about the new partnership between us 3. Our first to do item was to review all of the books that we received at BEA and the BBC (Book Blogger Conference). Up first is MATCHED by Ally Condie.
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
The first review up is by (ME!) and the full review is posted at RomanceBooksForum.com.
A tightly controlled future world where everything is programmed for you. Not a new concept. A world with genetic matching where love is a distant concept and the benefit of society is the tantamount reason for being. Also, not new. The backdrop is one we've all heard and seen before. It was Aeon Flux-ish. What Ally Condie brings to Matched is a unique story telling style that kept me entertained while consistently making me explore my ideas about what society should and should not say.....
Rated: B Read the book, be it in paperback, e-book, or library format. Its a good story told by a great writer who can obviously do more than she has shown in this particular book.
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!
I reviewed this book with Amy Mckie of Amy reads and Trisha at Eclectic-Eccentric. Go check out their reviews as well.