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Book Review: Matched

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Imprint of Penguin)
Pages: 366
Buy: Amazon, Book Depository

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 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.

Yes, yet another dystopian novel from me. Matched.

I didn’t find the premise as unique as I hoped it would be. I read it simply because Kris recommended it, and although I didn’t regret it, Matched didn’t blow my mind away as I had hoped.

Being “Matched” wasn’t that much of a hook to me. Having choices taken away is becoming too common in dystopia, and frankly, being Matched wasn’t that much of a shocker. Matched was interesting enough to keep me occupied, but it wasn’t enough for me to rant and rave about it.

I liked Cassia, although I found her a bit annoying at times. I feel as if she’s being too melodramatic over Ky’s story, and she marvels way too much at things a lot. Even though she’s the main character, I found Xander and Ky a lot more interesting than her. She’s so predictable too, choosing Ky over Xander, and the hundred and one things the Officials know as well as I do.

Xander was my favourite character. He’s so sweet, and yet Cassia chooses Ky over him because she does. As always, I manage to fall for the sweet ones. He’s got that charm to him. This is the fallacy of love triangles. It’s such a waste, the ones that get left out. Cassia’s grandfather was another one of my favourites. He’s just one of those characters that stay with you, long after he’s dead and the book’s finished. I think Cassia’s Official deserves a mention too. I liked her a lot, more than Cassia, even. She reflects the dystopia she’s living in, Cassia doesn’t.

Some parts of Matched just made me want to go (‘scuse the language) “No shit.” Seeing how bright Cassia is at sorting and other stuff, it made me want to roll my eyes when she didn’t think that maybe her grandfather didn’t want that tissue sample saved, that the elderly were being poisoned, that sorting Ky into the top half was probably going to get him killed. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks the clues Ally Condie left were glaringly obvious, but that made me think of Cassia as an airhead a little more.

It seemed as if the whole story revolved around the love triangle, or more accurately, Cassia and Ky’s forbidden relationship. There’s so much potential in the dystopia, the Officials, the rules… But instead, we get a triple dose of girl-in-love. I really wanted to see more of the society itself instead of Cassia and Ky in Matched. I hope that will happen in the sequel, but it seems as if we’re going to be following Ky.

Matched felt as a buildup to the actual plot, as the things hinted at in the end of Matched seemed so much more important than Cassia and Ky’s relationship. As Cassia says to Xander, “It’s bigger than us now.” I think there’ll be more about this dystopia and what’s really at stake in the sequel, Crossed. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Matched was good, but it didn’t stand out to me in this plethora of dystopias in the market right now.

5 comments on "Book Review: Matched"
  1. This is one that I am keen to read but I still haven't bought it yet, I will get round to it but I am not in a rush.

    Great review

    I'm a new follower! :D

  2. Found you from Review Appreciation Day...

    This book is sitting on my TBR shelf... I think it's on the 2nd row somewhere. =) Glad to know that it's good, but not worth skipping all the other awesome books to read. I'll keep it on row 2 or 3 for a bit.

    Scott Westerfield's Uglies series is still one of my favorite sci-fi/ dystopian books. Maybe because it was the first I read... I dunno.

  3. I read and enjoyed Matched. I agree that it wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it was still a nice light read!

  4. I have passed this book so many times in the book store, i guess it can wait a little longer. I will read it one day. Great RAD =)

  5. I've been looking at this book since it came out but haven't been able to make myself buy it. I've seen several "middle of the road" reviews, which isn't


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