Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

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 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.

Cassia has been waiting for this day all of her life.  Today, not only is it her birthday but it is the day of her matched ceremony.  Not only does she get to wear the only beautiful dress she will ever get to wear but she will finally get to meet her match, the person she will eventually be married too, have kids with, and spend the rest of her life with.  On top of it all, her best friend, Xander, will be matched too.  But when her named is called at first nothing happens and she’s left standing without a match, until Xander’s picture comes up on the screen.  It’s a dream come true right?  She’s not only meant to be with her best friend, but a truly great guy as well; they’re perfect for each other.  Or are they?  She thought so until when trying to look at Xander’s information someone else’s picture comes up on the screen.  Ky Markham is also completely unattainable to not only Cassia but to anyone.  If you’re feeling the need for a dystopian fix Matched is your book.  Not only is it dystopian but there’s a love triangle that could give twilight a run for its money.

I Rate This Book

Something I really loved about Matched was that the story really starts from page one.  There’s no lolly gagging around so you don’t have to go through that whole boring introduction that you have to sometimes with other books.  I also really like the way Ally set up the society.  It’s main goals are to keep everyone as healthy as possible to have the most optimal life, a story that I myself haven't come across yet. Matched left me sitting on the edge of my seat, unable to put it down. I read this book in just a matter of days and could not wait to read Crossed.

Ally Condie received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.   Learn more at

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