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Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Kidzworld reviews book one in the bestselling teen dystopian trilogy about a society free of choices. Check out Matched by Ally Condie.

A Predictable Life

Imagine living in a world where everything is decided for you: what you eat, where you live, when you die, who you love. The officials who run Cassia’s society leave nothing up to choice. It makes for a more equal and controlled world. A better world.

Everyone Makes Mistakes

When Cassia learns that her ideal Match - the person she’ll marry - is her best friend Xander, she’s overjoyed. Being Matched to someone you know is almost unheard of.  But when she views the microchip given to her after the Match Banquet, another boy’s face appears on the screen - Ky Markham. The Officials never make mistakes, yet somehow, she’s been Matched with two boys.

Assured that it was, in fact, a mistake made by someone in the Matching Department, Cassia tries to move on. But she can’t deny the new feelings she has for Ky, which seem to grow stronger with each passing day.

Do Not Go Gentle

On the predetermined day of his death, Cassia’s grandfather left her a message in the form of an old, illegal poem. Do not go gentle, began the poem. Does he want her to oppose the Officials and fight the system? Now Cassia is torn between a life of probability and predicted outcomes and a life of true love and dangerous choices.

The Bottom Line

Ever since The Hunger Games was released in 2008, a new genre known as dystopian science fiction has spread like wildfire through the teen book industry. But just like vampire novels, finding quality dystopias among the masses can be a challenge. Fortuantely, Matched is one of the best! It has an engaging, riveting plot that puts a completely modern spin on Romeo & Juliet. Girls will love the forbidden romance; boys will love the ever-present danger. Definitely check out Matched by Ally Condie.

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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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