Saturday, October 17, 2015

Scif romance readers have found their Matched

Ally Condie is the author of the Matched Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. She received a degree in English teaching from Brigham University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and in upstate New York.  Condie’s inspiration for writing this fiction dystopian romance novel came from traveling to many different places and experiencing new cultures and areas.

There are two other books in the trilogy, Crossed and Reached. Her most recent book is called Atlantia, published October 28, 2014. This book is about an underwater city which is served by citizens who are essentially sacrificed to work on land to support the city. All of Condie’s books look very interesting and all of the illustrations on the covers  really catch they eye.

Matched begins on Cassia Reyes’s seventeenth birthday as she rides a train to her Match Banquet. In the futuristic world she lives in, the government decides who you marry, who you love, where you work, and when you die. Leaders called officials are responsible for matching boys and girls to their perfect partners to ensure a happy marriage and a genetically well-based offspring. At the banquet each match receives a micro card containing information about his or her spouse.

Cassia has always trusted the society’s choices, now she is faced with the impossible decision between Xander and Ky. Cassia has to choose between the only life she has known and a  path no one dares to follow...between perfect and passion. “ I know which life is my real one now, no matter what happens. It’s the one with you”. Condie’s writing style is very suspenseful and romantic; it makes you never want to stop reading.

I would recommend this book for a teenage girl, this book tends to catch the eye of  mature teen girls. Matched provides an intense romantic journey that leaves you wondering and want to know more. The amount of suspense and romance really ties this book all together.

Junior Natalie enjoys bodybuilding and reading.

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