REVIEW: Matched By Ally Condie (Guest Reviewer: Melody Sharpe)

by |February 10, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie is a novel that brings us into a society and world where choice and free will are not a right and are most definitely not allowed.

The Society decides and chooses everything from what you eat, where you work, what your career will be, who you marry, how many children you have and even when you die. There is no other way but the Society’s way.

Cassia has grown up not know anything else but the society’s rules, to her being “Matched” is one of the most exciting events of her life. It is when the society will choose who she is going to marry and spend her life with. But when things go wrong, when an error occurs with her match Cassia realises that maybe her society is not perfect after all. Cassia begins to question the society and comes to realise that she wants to choose for herself. However the society does not look kindly on this sort of rebellion and her choices will change her life and the lives of those around her forever.

Matched is the first book in the new series by Ally Condie with the second book “Crossed” due for release in November 2011.

Matched is a great read with a unique and intriguing storyline that captivates you to the last page. Highly recommended, especially for those who loved Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Fallen by Lauren Kate.

Many Thanks to our Guest Reviewer: Melody Sharpe

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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