Review: Matched

Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally CondieTitle: Matched
Series: Matched, #1
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Genre: Fantasy – Dystopia
Challenge: The Dystopia Challenge 2013

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.

Available at:
Amazon – Canada: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Trilogy Set (Hardcover)
Amazon – US: HardcoverPaperback, Kindle, Trilogy Set (Hardcover)

Book Reviews By RatingMy Review:

I can see why people said Matched was a complete copy of The Giver basing from the “forced utopia” world that they lived in. If that’s the case then so is the movie Equilibrium and other dystopian books and movies with the same utopia. Since there are a lot of dystopian books out there that might have similar utopias, I decided to just rate and review the story, the plot, and the characters.

Matched didn’t do it for me. There were a lot of things I personally didn’t like or just wasn’t interesting enough for me. I didn’t care so much about the plot of this first book. It gave me the feeling of being under-developed and that it was lacking something.

As for the characters, I wasn’t a big fan of Cassia or even Ky. Cassia, I thought, was a brat and an emotional drama queen. She wasn’t close to any of the female main characters I loved and adored that were strong, independent, and konws exactly what they want. She clung so much to the past and those poems. I also didn’t like how she didn’t choose Xander who has been there all her life protecting her and taking a lot of risks for her. It almost seems like she only wanted Ky more because she knows she can’t be with him. I don’t really know but I guess there’s more thrill and excitement in being with Ky than Xander.

It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.

We could have been happy. I know that, and it is perhaps the hardest thing to know.

Ky didn’t do it for me either. He was this trying-hard-to-be-mysterious guy who also always tried to be average. It was just such a cliche for me and I didn’t have a connection with this character at all. He was too poetic and emotional for my liking, but the thing that turned me off more than anything was how he knew Cassia and Xander were already matched and he knew how much trouble he would put Cassia, her family, and his family in if he tries to pursue her and he still did.

The only characters I actually liked were Bram and Xander. I loved Bram’s innocence and closeness to his grandfather. I loved how he might be young but he knows to protect his family, especially covering up for her irresponsible and reckless sister. As for Xander, he was the imperfect perfect guy (if that made any sense). I loved how he just wanted to make his girl happy and how he still helped her knowing she was going after another guy. I loved how he took risks for Cassia without getting anyone else involved. I loved how he was just always there for his friends, too. I also loved how he wasn’t perfect and had that memory from his past that he regrets and wish he never did.

“I came up on the screen, too, Cassia. But he was the one you chose to see.”

I am curious enough about what might happen next and if it will get better to read the next installment. It is the first book of a trilogy so you’ll never know what might happen in the next books, – it might be better, the same, or worse –  but just knowing that there might be a chance for it to be better is enough for me to read the next installments.

In summary, it was an okay read. There were parts that I just had to skip because it was just too much talk about poetry and I don’t like skipping parts. I can’t really say I’d recommend this book but readers aren’t the same – what might have been just an okay book for me might be an awesome book for you.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you feel about my review? Do you agree or disagree with it? Would you read it, if you haven’t yet, basing from the review?
  2. What did you think of the book? How would you rate it from scale 1 to 5 (5 being the highest).
  3. How do you feel about the main characters? Did you like them, hate them, relate to them?
  4. Would you recommend it to others?
  5. What other books would you recommend I read that’s similar to this one?
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