Friday, December 30, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie [Review]

4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Matched by Ally Condie
Series: Matched, #1
Release: November 30, 2010
Hardcover: 366 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Shannon's Thoughts:
Matched is another take on dystopian young adult, and it is definitely intriguing, more entertaining than most. In this future, the Society is in charge of everything.  Some cataclysmic event has happened and people gave over control to the Society.  To them it is better to be controlled- It means they are taken care of and watched over. Everything is regulated.  What you eat, how you exercise, where you work and so on.  There aren't many choices, but people are safe and live healthy lives. Cassia, our main protagonist, is happy in her life and does not question anything. That is until a mistake happens with her Matching and she sees the wrong (right?) boy on the screen. This strikes a strong curiosity in Cassia, who now finds herself learning more and more about Ky, the boy who blinked onto her screen. This can only lead her further down the rabbit hole- now questioning everything she has ever known.

Matched is told in first person from Cassia’s perspective. I loved first person because as Cassia’s eyes are opened, so are ours. I began to question the world as Cassia does. All the main characters are likeable and you will find yourself rooting for them. I don’t know if Matched is a “stick with you for a long time afterwards” kind of book, but I was definitely left wanting to find out everyone's fate. Especially due to the brilliant cliffhanger ending!

My only (small) complaint is that I didn’t quite buy into Cassia’s romance with Ky. I wasn’t bothered by it, but I also couldn't feel or understand why she is SO IN LOVE with him. I felt like she kept talking about her love, instead of showing us how she was falling in love. But like I said, it is a small detail. If you like dystopian novels, you will adore this one.  It is incredibly engrossing and has a sweet love triangle.  I would highly recommend it!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Matched
2. Crossed 
3.  Untitled, November 2012


  1. It's interesting but Matched is a quiet sort of dystopian. It doesn't scream at you but it is beautifully written and because of the first person narrative, Cassia's transformation feels personal. That's a really good point you made. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. Amber, I agree! I actually liked that it wasn't a BIG BAD future they lived in. You could actually see the good in the Society and why people would be satisfied with the way things are. It wasn't until Cassia realizes that not everything is truthful, that we start to see the cracks in the facade. :)



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