Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We Read MATCHED!!!!!


Holy mackerel people. MATCHED by Ally Condie is soooo good. It reminded me of the Hunger Games in that it's unlike any story I have ever read before. And what's really cool and scary about MATCHED is that there's this element to it that seems really possible. Possible, and yet terrifying.

MATCHED takes place in the future in a society where all decisions are made for you based on a statistical formula that determines what is the best for you. Complete happiness is supposed to abound because there aren't any confusing decisions to be made (including who you are "matched" with as your partner in marriage).

There is a list of the 100 best poems, best songs, etc. and that is ALL that people are allowed to read. All the other works of art have been destroyed. This was the creepiest part for me because it reminded me of all of those lists: "100 Best Movies", "100 Best Children's Books", etc. What if that were all we were ever exposed to?? That part of the book made me want to seek out obscure titles from used book stores and READ them!

MATCHED comes out on November 30. You might want to go ahead and get in line to buy it--it's going to be huge!

And, isn't that just about the coolest cover you've ever seen??

sf and katie



13 comments:

Christina Lee said...

ooh ooh ooh, I am hearing more and more about this one! Sounds awesome!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, this one definitely sounds good. I'm off to add it to my wishlist. Perfect timing for my birthday. :D

Jessica said...

This does sound good. Thanks for letting us know about it. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Can't wait! This sounds like a fascinating read -- thanks for the heads up!

storyqueen said...

Soooo, if it doesnt' come out until November, weren't you the lucky girls to get your hands on an arc!!

It sounds soo good, and I really do love the cover art.

Shelley

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Sounds very 1984 (which I love).

Jackee said...

Interesting! Thanks for the heads up.

And you're right--that would be creepy to have only 100 of everything!

Lisa Schroeder said...

Hearing a lot of good things about this one. And one of my favorite editors, Julie S-G edited it. Can't wait to read it!

Tahereh said...

oh nooooooo i am positively salivating at the prospect now!! not fair!!

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Laura Pauling said...

It does sound awesome. Can't wait!

Gail said...

Well, I guess in that society they would just have to go ahead and kill me or lock me away because I don't cotton to people telling me what I can and can't do or should or shouldn't be, see, read, want. I'm a rebel at heart I guess. And I've always been a rule pusher!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Okay - now I want this book, and I want it now!!! :-)

JESSJORDAN said...

Hey, you ... gimme that book! I promise I won't tell anyone ...

Seriously, though, I'm not much into futuristic stuff, but this looks great. I'll admit: I'm strongly influenced by that gorgeous cover. It's crazy beautiful and I must have it in my hands!

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