This was a book I got for Christmas in 2010 (I also asked for it, because it was on a list of good YA reads in Entertainment Weekly). I’ve had it all this time and never read it until now. Side note: I didn’t know what I wanted to read next. So I picked my 3 top choices, put them in front of my dog, Zoe, and she licked two of them. So I then held up the 2 she licked and she licked one. I left them held up to give her time in case she changed her mind, but she was not interested in licking the other one. This was an alright and fast read, so I think this method works!
This is a YA novel, set in a dystopian future. It follows a girl who has happily lived her life in the control of her government. Things happen around her that make her start to question this controlled life and if she has choice and all. Just before Christmas I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I really enjoyed that book. Because they’re both set in similar worlds it was hard not to compare the two. I have to say that Delirium wins. It was a bit more disturbing and stressful to read. By stressful I mean more action filled. I actually worried/feared that world more. Although I do like the way Ally Condie writes compared to Lauren Oliver. Her writing felt more like it wasn’t just for YA reading; she just seems like a better writer.
When I finished Delirium I immediately got on the computer to find out how to get the next book in the series (it’s not out yet). I thought I’d want to read the next book for Matched right away as well, but it wasn’t ended as excitingly or it’s not something that I feel I need to know right now. So I’ll probably wait til I can get it from the library or something. I don’t want to spend money on this series.
Not a terrible read, but not the best thing I’ve read. I’d give it a low 3 stars. The writing style really saved it for me.