Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Lizzie     Nov 29th, 2010     Dystopian, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 369 pages
Publisher: Dutton (November 30, 2010)
Source: ARC won from publisher
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525423648
ISBN-13: 978-0525423645

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.

I love dystopians. A lot. I’ve loved dystopians long before I ever even knew that that was what they are called. I love that every single book is different, each one presenting a future that is eerie or lovely or both. I don’t remember when I first heard about Matched but I know as soon as I did, I needed to read it. Early last month, I received an email from Lenore telling me that I had won the Penguin Dystopian prize pack she had for her Dystopian August conclusion, which included an ARC of Matched. Of course, I almost died with excitement.

Matched is a beautifully written addition to the dystopian genre. I’ve heard people complain that it isn’t like The Hunger Games, and no, it’s not. It doesn’t involve the bloody violence or the descipableness of the Capitol or deranged mindset that Katniss develops over the course of the story. And why should it? It’s a completely different book. Don’t dive in expecting that kind of book because you’ll be disappointed.

I loved Matched! It kept me reading until the very last page. I felt like the characters could’ve been a bit more developed over the course of the story, particularly Cassia and Ky, but since there will be two more books, there’s plenty of time for that. Easily, I could tell you that the Society is never a place I’d like to live; I mean, you don’t get to choose who you get to spend the rest of your life with. And rarely get to eat cake! That is enough to kill me, right there. Just kidding, haha. ;)

The fact that the citizens of the Society have no choices is frightening. You aren’t even allowed to challenge that; you’re considered a criminal if you do. The world Ally Condie has created is one of those that is both eerie and beautiful. Hey, no crime! But hey, you don’t get any choices about your life either! See, eerie and beautiful. I have to say—since I finished this novel, it has haunted me. I cannot stop thinking about it! The ending will definitely leave you dying for the sequel.

I cannot wait for the next book!

Check out the amazing trailer, which is probably my most favorite book trailer EVER!:

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