REVIEW: Matched by Ally Condie

MATCHED by Ally Condie

  • Reading level: Young Adult
    Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423648
  • Rating: YYY

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.

REVIEW

Matched by Ally Condy is a suprisingly unique and downright chilling story wrapped within the cocoon of poetic beauty

Do not go gentle into that good night...Those powerful words are the catalyst that bring on the fire and doubt into Cassia's mind and soul.

Cassia has been raised by The Society, a governing power that she whole heartedly believed had her best interests in mind. They controlled every aspect of her life; where she worked, when she would die and whom she would fall in love with. So, when Cassia's best friend Xander is selected as her ideal mate there is no question in her mind that The Society made the correct choice. Because whom else could Cassie become MATCHED with? Certainly not another boy, but when Cassie sees Ky's face temporarily flash up on her matched screening disc she suddenly becomes aware of the possibilities. What ensues is Cassie's journey into questioning everything she has ever known, especially when a stunning piece of literature comes into her possession.

MATCHED is classified as a Dystopian love story. A title that I didn't feel was a just classification because Dystopian societies normally feature a repressive social control system, hosting a total absence of individual freedoms. And although MATCHED does demostrate many factions of this idealism it is veiled beneath the manner on it cares for it's population. No one is starving, downtrodden or sick for as long as you follow their rules and behave you are taken care of. So, I would classify it as dystopian lite. It is an aspect that I enjoy most about MATCHED, witnessing how The Society has kept their unsuspecting population enslaved, given them bits of happiness to keep them in line when all the while they are ruled with an iron fist. It is so frightening and well conceived that I am constantly blessing my freedoms, the everyday practices that I have taken for granted. Is our freedom worth the price of being protected? Only you can decide.

I did want to enjoy this story more but I found the romance aspect a bit far fetched and when certain facts where revealed towards the end of the story I was left a bit dismayed. I am hopeful that the next book in the series answers a few of the questions that were created in MATCHED. I want to know more about The Society and those that are at the top of the heap. Who utimately rules supreme and what is happening to those outside of it's "perfect" society.

5 comments on "REVIEW: Matched by Ally Condie"

Kelsey wrote: January 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Great, honest review.


Smash Attack! wrote: January 6, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Great, insightful review. This book was very powerful because of the way the Society controlled the population. Nobody had choices. No one had freedom.


So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: January 7, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Great review! I actually didn't enjoy this very much and I completely agree with you on the romance.


Terra Mae wrote: January 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Hi there, I enoyed your review, I think our reviews are very similar.


Bookgeek wrote: January 9, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Totally agree with you on this!


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