I just read a new book. Then it turned out not to be so new. It has two other books after it to complete the series(#3 is out in November) and Mita read it over the summer. I had okayed the book for her to read after looking at the reviews, but didn’t see it as a book for me to read. I was very wrong to not look twice at it though. BlogHer Book Clubs recently contacted be to read and review this very same book. This time I listened and read the book myself.
Matched is written by Ally Condie. Condie has brought to life a young heroine named Cassia Reyes . At seventeen Cassia is smart, respectful and loyal to her community and her government that is called The Society. The Society has made perfect life a science. They use genetics, statisics and behavioral observances to create a population of compliant people who are fine with living a good life. Through a series of mistakes and inspirations Cassia learns to question the Society and the life that she has been groomed to live.
While futuristic with hints of a post-apocalyptic America, it differs from The Hunger Games, in that there is very little violence in the open. The threats are more subtle and hard to see unless one is looking for them. The many rules and stipulations as well as the tightly arranged details leave very little room to become anyone but who they want you to become. Free thought, a true education and creativity are all but abolished.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Matched and am currently reading the sequel Crossed. This is a good book to read with your middle school kids who may not be ready for The Hunger Games, but want to delve into some futuristic topics. Tough topics like ethics with genetic testing, privacy issues and the importance of free thought come out of this book that can make dinner time talks more interesting. I’m currently taking a genetics class and this book has helped illustrate some of the ethical questions that come when messing with genes. Here is a link to the book trailer for those of you who like a bit of visual.
Have you read Matched? What did you think? Check out the discussion on BlogHer Book Club throughout this month.
(Disclosure: I was given the book Matched by BlogHer Book Club to review with my honest opinion and also compensated for my time and participation in the discussions.)