Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Title: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Started: 19/4/11
Finished: 22/4/11
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Goodreads Synopsis:
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. 
Matched is evenly paced with unusual events unfolding. Ally Condie writes about an amazing world in a life that could be ours 1000’s or even 100’s of years from now. It scares me to read something like this sometimes. But I like it because it is plain art. It isn’t something like Fantasy or Sci Fi. It's a completely different world that's nothing like the 2 I have mentioned. This is Dystopia. And Matched is a profound addition to the genre. It is my second dystopia (the first being The Hunger Games) but I found the book artistic and progressive for Cassia. It tells us about her hardships with her family and her Matched and even someone else and with that Condie manages to describe wholeheartedly about “The Society” and how the government works. Being controlled and knowing that that life is normal and being naïve and unable to fight back until someone puts the idea into your head strikes to me as something similar to our regions situation and I can’t help but also feel as if I am naïve myself. 
I feel as if Matched opened my eyes a little and made me feel different. Well, even more different. The story of fighting for free-will gives me some sort of hope but at the same time scares me to no ends and makes me stay on the naive side. After you've finished the book the story will keep you think about it and what would happen next. Matched is a well-written book from Ally Condie. If I didn't have so much work to do I would have finished this in a day. It was unputdownable.

Special thanks to Elodie @ Once upon a quote for the book!



  1. I've been pondering about this book. It sounds interesting from the world building side here for future setting. But I'm not sure about the story for me. But it does sound really good. :) Thank you!

  2. I really enjoyed this book too. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

  3. I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't quite what I had expected. The Hunger Games definitely made more of an impact on me. Glad you enjoyed this one! Oh, and I can't wait to read Crossed! Great review!

  4. Im glad you like it even though i know ur dying to redesign this cover (which i totally love btw).. im so excited for crossed, maybe some real stuff will be going down not that that the world building is mostly done!

  5. I'm glad you liked it Naj !! Great review. I totally agree with you : when I read dystopias it makes me wonder about our society and governments all around the world and it scares me a little ...
    I look forward to read the second book !! Have you seen the cover of Crossed, do you like this one better ?

  6. So glad you enjoyed this! I have this one and still need to read it. Great review!

    If you want some suggestions for more awesome dystopian books, lemme know. :)


  7. Glad you liked it :) I myself loved this book :) Really gets you thinking :D


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