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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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at

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