The Here. The Now. And the Books!: Matched by Ally Condie

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

Unlike every other attendee at BEA last May, I didn’t get an ARC of Matched, so when I saw it at Books-A-Millions, I gave my mom puppy dog eyes. It worked…:p

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.- taken from Goodreads

Like a lot of people, I love dystopian novels, so I was looking forward to reading this…and it was good….just not totally fantastic like I thought it would be.

It wasn’t bad, not at all, but it was predictable. You knew she was going to rebel, you knew a lot of things, but you had to wait for the inevitable to happen. So when it does, you’re (Or at least I was…) sitting there thinking: Finally! No shocker.

It was predictable, but I did love the story. It was good.

The characters were a tad bit bland…that said, I love reading from Cassia’s POV. That, mixed with Ally’s writing, was a wonderful experience.

I think if you like sweet romances, dystopian, and a bit of rebellion to go ahead and read Matched, because it was a good book. It was also a giant introduction, so I felt like not a lot happened. I also have a feeling what’s to come will be a lot better since we’ll be getting into action taking place, not just the realization of Cassia’s government being a bit wrong.

This series has tons of great potential, I’m looking forward to the sequel.


  1. Thanks for the lovely review! I had similar thoughts as you. I was expecting more, but it just didn't come. Definitely still going to read the sequel though 🙂


  2. Ditto ditto ditto! Although there's some discord within our group… One of us felt the same as you, the other LOVED this book like no other. But that's what's so great bout books, yeah? We can each read and enjoy and interpret our own way. 🙂

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!


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