Book Review: Matched – Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
ISBN: 9780525423645
Pages: 384
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: Teen/YA, Dystopian
Source: Curled Up With a Good Book
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Cassia is very nervous. After all, tonight, the night of her seventeenth birthday, is her Match banquet. Tonight, she will see the face of the person she is destined to be with, the person whose genetic makeup and skills best complement her own. Chosen by the Society, this is the only person Cassia can ever be with.  But when something unexpected and unexplainable happens the day after her Match banquet, Cassia doesn’t know what to think.  After all, the Society doesn’t make mistakes, but how else can she explain what has happened?  As Cassia discovers more about her situation, she fights to understand what is truly happening around her, and within her.

Review:

With the way the dystopian craze has hit the YA genre, you would think that the best has already been written, and what’s coming are the last copycats dribbling in before the entire genre moves onto their next “big thing.”  But you would be wrong.  Clearly, the dystopian wave isn’t finished yet; in fact, it seems to be getting a second wind as new, creative, and unexpected books are finding their ways to shelves.  Matched, one of the most talked about YA releases of the fall/winter, is one of these impressive novels.

Cassia is a stirring character.  Smart and resourceful, she has the ability to think for herself in a world where the Society is supposed to think for everyone.  Even though her instincts tell her she should stay put and do what she’s told, her heart can’t help but wonder.  “What if” shouldn’t be such a difficult question to ask, yet it’s dangerous in Cassia’s world, and she has the bravery to not only ask it, but follows the answer to see where it takes her.  With the unraveling of one small, seemingly insignificant thread, she began to question everything around her, unable to trust any longer.

The world-building in Matched is very impressive.  The book doesn’t fully flesh out the world, as Cassia doesn’t really know what is going on, but I’m confident that will be addressed in the next two books.  (Matched is the first in a trilogy).  Instead, the reader gets tantalizing hints about what is really going on underneath the surface.  The more answers that Cassia gets, the more questions she has, especially when she realizes that the Society might not know best after all.

Matched is an enjoyably frightening novel about a look at a possible future.  Though Condie didn’t provide details about how the present day world moved to such an extreme one, readers will wonder how it could be possible.  This is a book you will want to read as quickly as possible, as you won’t be able to put it down once you start it.  There’s a reason this book has received so much buzz, and it deserves every drop of it.

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Comments

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was pretty good but more of a build up for the next book in the series. I’m hopeful we’ll get some of the answers as to why The Society became what it did. Also hoping for a bit more action.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was pretty good but more of a build up for the next book in the series. I’m hopeful we’ll get some of the answers as to why The Society became what it did. Also hoping for a bit more action.

  3. I have this book right there (points to the end table at my right elbow). My daughter is reading it, then I will get my turn. This was a gift from my Secret Santa…can’t wait to read it. But then I’ll have to sit around and wait on the other two books! These trilogies are driving me nuts.

  4. I have this book right there (points to the end table at my right elbow). My daughter is reading it, then I will get my turn. This was a gift from my Secret Santa…can’t wait to read it. But then I’ll have to sit around and wait on the other two books! These trilogies are driving me nuts.

  5. I have this book, and although I don’t read much YA, I am really rather excited about this one. It sounds like it’s got a really fast flowing and interesting plot. I am going to have to make time for this one!! Great and enthusiastic review!!

  6. I have this book, and although I don’t read much YA, I am really rather excited about this one. It sounds like it’s got a really fast flowing and interesting plot. I am going to have to make time for this one!! Great and enthusiastic review!!

  7. I’m getting this for Christmas and am so excited! The cover didn’t appeal to me at first but the story sounded great. I wasn’t aware it was the start of a trilogy though.

  8. I’m getting this for Christmas and am so excited! The cover didn’t appeal to me at first but the story sounded great. I wasn’t aware it was the start of a trilogy though.

  9. I have this one and as soon as I have a chance to read it…I will! Great post!

  10. I have this one and as soon as I have a chance to read it…I will! Great post!

  11. I couldn’t put this one down! So glad you enjoyed it!

  12. I couldn’t put this one down! So glad you enjoyed it!

  13. This book has been on my radar for some time, but I have not had a chance to see what all the hype was about. Thanks for the review!

  14. This book has been on my radar for some time, but I have not had a chance to see what all the hype was about. Thanks for the review!

  15. Can’t wait to grab a copy as fast as I can!:) Thanks for the review.

    -Archana

  16. Can’t wait to grab a copy as fast as I can!:) Thanks for the review.

    -Archana

  17. I like Sandy’s comment….these trilogies drive me nuts if I like the book so much to wait 😀

    Great review as always 🙂

  18. I like Sandy’s comment….these trilogies drive me nuts if I like the book so much to wait 😀

    Great review as always 🙂

  19. I just read and reviewed Match as well; I too thought it was haunting and interesting. Can we equate the Society to our media?

  20. I just read and reviewed Match as well; I too thought it was haunting and interesting. Can we equate the Society to our media?

  21. I’ve mostly quit reading YA, but this one intrigues me. I’m glad to know it’s a good one, but I think I will wait until the trilogy is complete and read all three!

  22. I’ve mostly quit reading YA, but this one intrigues me. I’m glad to know it’s a good one, but I think I will wait until the trilogy is complete and read all three!

  23. I agree this one was very good!

  24. I agree this one was very good!

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