Matched - Ally Condie

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Publication Date: 11/30/2010

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.

Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011! (Goodreads)

Cassia lives in a world where everything is controlled: the food you eat, the clothes you were, what you read, what you watch, what you listen to, who you love, when you die. Cassia accepts this and trusts the Society to make the right decisions to keep them safe, alive, and healthy. I could not imagine living in this type of world. You have no choices in what to make of your life and I could never give up such a freedom. When Cassia sees Ky flash for a second after seeing Xander, her match, she begins wondering if maybe the Society is as perfect as they have believed. What if she is really is meant to be with Ky instead of Xander? If she was meant to be with Xander, why did Ky's face flash across the screen?

One 'glitch' to the story is that it started out slow at first. It wasn't uninteresting, but the farther along it got, the better. In the beginning Cassia is so sheltered in the world, too trusting, maybe even going as far as naive. That first time she sees Ky, she knows it was a mistake and that is she supposed to be with Xander. Then, she really starts questioning things and discovers that maybe their infallible Society is more flawed than it seems. I think Cassia was a great character. Throughout the story, she really grows and develops in a strong young woman.

All in all, I thought this was a great read. I loved reading about Cassia slowly falling for Ky. Ky was so mysterious and broken, but unique in their world. I was rooting for them 100% of the way. I wanted to see her overcome her fears and doubts and show the Society a thing or two! I can't wait for Crossed, which comes out this November, to see if she does and what happens. Matched was left dangling, so I'm anxious for the next installment!

Also, the rights to the movie have been bought! Here is the link to read more about it:

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Lea said...

This has been on my TBR list literally since I started blogging! I love the cover and am still really looking forward to reading this since I love dystopians. Thanks for the review! :D

Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

Samantha said...

I think I am becoming obsessed with dystopians/post-apocalyptic novels to be honest. This one was really good though!

fairypenguin said...

Great review! I love the premise of this book. I'm glad to see so many favorable reviews, I'll definitely check it out.

Samantha said...

It is definitely worth the time to read it!

Tia said...

I hope to read this book very soon! I love a good dystopian!

Tia @ Falling For Books

Emily said...

I finally got this one out of the library today and hope to start it soon. I've heard so many good things about it I figured it was time to give it a try :)

Anna said...

I love this book! It's absolutely amazing :)

Samantha said...

It really is amazing! I don't think you will regret picking this one up.

Book Sake said...

Great review - I've been wanting to start this series!

Samantha said...

I'm really excited for Crossed to come out. I think it comes out Nov. 1st.

Rywn said...

I read Matched a little bit ago, but while I love Ky, I'm actually not as much of a fan of Cassia. I always feel that while she does change, it's only for Ky rather than because of her imperfect society. Like if Ky had been her 'Match' to begin with, Cassia would still remain happily in that zone where she knows something isn't right, but isn't bothered enough by it to do anything about it.

Samantha said...

You have a good point with that. I did like Ky better myself. I am hoping we can see Cassia continue to mature and rebel, but because of the was of the Society rather than Ky, like you said.

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