Review: Matched by Ally Condie


In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic (Source:Goodreads).

My Review:

I had pretty high expectations before starting this. I think everyone should actually, the trilogy went for a pretty large amount of money and there is a ton of hype. The Hunger Games trilogy seems to be doing for dystopian books what Harry Potter did for the YA world in general.

I read this a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to writing a review. I’m so glad I waited, because I have a slightly different take on the book than I did initially.

When I first closed Matched, I would have still said that Hunger Games was my favorite dystopian, hands down. No contest. But – in my mind (and I know I don’t necessarily have the popular take on this) – Mockingjay was a fail of epic proportions and one of the biggest disappointments I can remember. It destroyed the series for me, which had previously sat very comfortably near the top of my overall favorites list.

So, now I look at Matched and see potential. It wasn’t quite as good as the first Hunger Games book, but I now view that as a ridiculously good thing. There is room for it to build and grow. To be clear, I’m not saying I didn’t love the book. I did. A lot. The plot and characters were both supremely interesting, engaging and compelling. The world Ally Condie created makes a fascinating setting. As lost as I got in the story – it is easy to see that Condie isn’t laying out all her cards on the table at once. There is going to be a lot more to this series, and I feel pretty confident that she won’t be letting us down.

So, pick up this book and read it as soon as possible (it’ll be released in November!). It is an amazing read, and you’ll quickly be able to get lost in it. But stay tuned. The best is yet to come.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • *Andye* September 11, 2010, 1:53 pm

    Great review! Two of our reviewers have read it and really liked it, and I'm planning on reading it too! I TOTALLY agree about Mockingjay! THG was probably my favorite book…except HP, of course, but now I won't even recommend the series, and I doubt I'll ever read them again. So upsetting!

  • Mrs. DeRaps September 11, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I loved Matched. It felt fresh and original and I feel like there's a whole lot of room for a series. Some books don't leave enough to talk about for three books, but this one did! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • CarlyB September 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Really interesting review. I'm just about to start reading Matched so this was great to read. Thanks 🙂 x

  • My 5 Monkeys(Julie) September 11, 2010, 2:54 pm

    great review and i agree there room in this series for growth. loved it too

  • Suey September 11, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I just finished this book and I must say, I totally agree with you. I can't wait to see what's next!

  • Angela M. September 12, 2010, 6:29 am

    Thanks for the review. I'm adding this to my TBR once it comes out. My daughter would love it, too.

  • Tara SG (25 Hour Books) September 13, 2010, 11:15 pm

    You're not the only one who was utterly disappointed in Mockingjay. I actually cried a little after finishing it because I was so upset with how the story was handled lol.

    I've yet to add Matched to my TBR list, but now I'm thinking it should go on my library list at the very least.


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