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Matched by Ally Condie

From a first glance at the cover the book (Matched by Ally Condie) it didn't seem like my kind of book, but after seeing it was on the Teen Summer Reading list I thought, 'Why not, it has to at least have some good elements to be put on that list' and so I read it. It reminded me of Lois Lowry's The Giver, which was a very entertaining book (in my opinion). I couldn't help but notice some similarities between both books. For one the Community (or Society ) controls everything that could have an impact on your life. For example: who you marry ( or are matched with ), your job, family, ect... They both have the same story line as in the main caracters; Jonah (The Giver) and Cassia (Matched) struggle when they uncover that the perfect little world that they live in isn't as perfect as they thought it was. By uncovering the truth about what is happening they realize they are soon alone, forced to bring back the old ways, the ways that were 'improv ed' or 'lost' by their Community/Society. By Matched ending the way it did (you'll see if you read it) I can only hope that there is a sequel because if not the whole struggle the main characters went through was for nothing. Compared to The Giver where Jona actually does something about it.

All in all it was a good read, though similar to other books there are parts that are equally unique because of Condie's imagination and creativity. Hopefully this review is helpful to someone.

~ Dylan C, Concession 

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