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This week’s Bookanista love features the following:

Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out – MATCHED by Ally Condie

Release Date: November 30, 2010

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.




This is such a compelling cover…LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!





Fav Quote:

I nod, trying not to look too hard at the food on his dish. The flakiness of the sugared crust, which reminds  me of the crystals on an edge of snow. The red-stained berries smeared across the plate, ripe and surely full of taste. The words I’ve said cling to my mind like the pastry does to the heavy silver fork.


I love how descriptive this excerpt is. I have a full sensory experience just reading it AND an emotional one as the last line drives home exactly what the character is feeling about something she has said.

Why I liked it:

MATCHED is a stunning lesson in storytelling. Not only is it one of the most beautifully written stories, but it is crafted with a delicate precision – like a stunning tapestry. Condie weaves in the backstory, the emotional hooks, and the tension with such seamlessness I found myself not only losing myself in the story, but the writer in me wanted to take notes about her subtle story construction. This story left me hungry for more, fully invested in the outcome. Now that is DANG good story telling! This will go on my very short list, along side things like the HUNGER GAMES, as a story I not only enjoy, but refer to over and over again when I need a reminder of how to craft a stunning story. THANK YOU MS. CONDIE!

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13 thoughts on “Matched by Ally Condie – My Bookanista Review

  1. Michelle, I have an ARC just sitting on my table. I can mail it to you, since it doesn’t come out until November 30. But you’ll buy it anyway–it’s so gorgeous, you’ll want it on your shelf!

  2. Yes yes yes! “…but the writer in me wanted to take notes about her subtle story construction. ” I agree wholeheartedly. It’s subtle with major impact. Such beautiful language. Like you, I was pulled in as a reader and writer! Great post, Christine!

  3. Seriously one of my favorite novels of 2010!!! Definitely in the top 5 section of anyone who wants a good read, that should definitely be the first you read the minute it’s released!!

  4. I LOVED this book. It’s not obvious or showy, but the subtle way she managed to continually rachet up the tension was just incredible. I read the ARC, but I’ll be buying the book so I can re-read and study it, too.

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