Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bookinistas: MATCHED by Ally Condie


It's no surprise that people have been buzzing about Ally Condie's MATCHED. When Lisa and I first read this Publisher's Weekly article, we began buzzing too--mainly about how we were going to get our hot little hands on an ARC. Thanks to the Bookinistas, our dream became a reality. And this book? TOTALLY buzz-worthy. Check it out...

About the book:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

LiLA's* Take:

We get it. The buzz makes perfect sense. This book rocks. The society is pitch-perfect, the idea of a perfect match fascinating (especially since every other commercial these days promises just that through a "scientific approach to matching highly compatible singles" (Thank you eHarmony). And yet no matter how controlled Cassia's world is (and just wait till you read the details about her world. The clothing, the food, the jobs...controlled, controlled, controlled), there's still a glitch. And not just any glitch, a glitch that impacts her entire future. But our absolute favorite part of this book are the "what ifs" you're left with. It's the kind of book you finish reading and immediately call a friend who has also read to say, WHAT IF...a million times over. It's the kind of book that makes you wonder. And aren't those the best kind?

So, we highly recommend. Two thumbs up. Preorder right now. We can wonder together...

Check out what the other Bookinistas are up to this week:

Beth Revis and Jamie Harrington are spreading some cover love for POSSESSION.

Veronica Roth is dying over some upcoming SCI-FI/Dsytopian book covers.

Christine Fonseca is raving over THE REPLACEMENT.

Elana Johnson has a special Friday edition where she helps launch the book, EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

Carolina Valdez Miller is crying over JOHN BELUSHI IS DEAD.

Shelli Johannes-Wells is tempting us with a DESIRES sneak peek!

Shannon Messenger is showing some serious MG love with MG SPOTLIGHT.


*This power tastes so, so good.

22 comments:

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

I've been waiting for this one! I've got it on pre-order and I can't wait for it to arrive :) Thanks girls!

Marissa

Matthew Rush said...

I love Thursdays. And I love the big LA little li. Classic.

SusanneWrites said...

Can't wait to read that one! Thanks for the review. :)

Amie Kaufman said...

This grabbed me the moment I heard about it, and with every review and mention, I'm looking forward to it more. Can't wait!

Christine Fonseca said...

CAN NOT WAIT for this book!

JESSJORDAN said...

7 figures? Heated auction? Fascinating and, apparently, well-executed idea? And a beautiful cover, because why the heck not?

I am in serious green-with-envy admiration.

Carolyn V. said...

Aw! Ally is awesome. I'm so excited for her! =D

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, yes. I love the "what if"'s. I just got this book, and while I've only read a few pages, I can feel the beauty of it.

April (BooksandWine) said...

Ahhh, I can't wait to read my copy of this, however won't be able to get to it until closer to the release date. I'm glad ya'll enjoyed it so much! :-)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Such a good book! Definitely full of what ifs which are so sweet to mull over.

Creepy Query Girl said...

this book sounds so awesome. When is it going to be released?

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

matched was great! great review....Lisa...I mean Laura.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've already pre-ordered it, but it won't be coming until the final Vampire Academy book is released mid-December, and I'm so reading that one first. :D

Krispy said...

This is one of the (many) books I'm itching to get my hands on. Can't wait until it's out!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, how I want to read this one!! I want it now! :-)

Lisa Potts said...

I want, I want!

Veronica Roth said...

I really enjoyed the world-building in Matched. And I still sigh every time I see the cover. It's just so pretty...

Marsha Sigman said...

Excellant review, Queen Laura.

I plan to read this book as soon as it hits the shelf. If only for that cover alone.

Jen Daiker said...

This book is so awesome! I can't wait to actually own a copy. I was honored to receive an ARC copy of it way back when... and oh.my.did.i.fall.in.love.with.Matched.

Falling over in love, depressed when it was over, sad about the ending, only because book 2 was still so far out of reach.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the great review.

Erica M. Chapman said...

I can't wait to read this one!! Great review ;o)

Have a great Friday, both of you!

Solvang Sherrie said...

My local indie gave me this ARC a couple months ago and I LOVED this book. It's so subtly written and the tension just builds throughout. I couldn't put it down once I started.