Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Matched by Ally Condie



Publisher: Speak
Pages: 400
Source: Personal Copy
Cassia always accepted what was predetermined to be best for her, trusting fully in the government’s system, she accepted what she was told and never questioned anything. Statistics and probability determine practically everything including careers, children, and partners. All of life’s major decisions are made for each citizen. Nutritional needs, and fitness are also determined. Life has been going rather smoothly for Cassia, and  on her seventeenth birthday, she attends her match banquet. Nervous, and excited, she can’t wait to see who she will spend the rest of her life with. At the end of the night she will receive a silver box, with a microchip explaining all about her future partner. Cassia anticipates a content life with whomever the government chooses. Looking at her parents successful marriage, she has very little fears. When her best friend is announced to be her match, she is elated. Matches are usually not made with someone in your district. Xander knows everything about her and what little fears she had dissipates. Life seems perfect, until her microchip malfunctions and Xander does not appear on her card. Cassia is shocked to see Ky, and aberration appear on her card. Cassia won’t accept the official’s explanation that it was a mistake, or perhaps a joke that Ky appeared on her card. 
I really enjoyed Matched and can’t wait to read Crossed. While I initially saw many similarities to The Giver by Lois Lowry, Matched built a world that quickly had me caught up in the characters. I really liked Cassia’s character, she began as a respectful obedient girl and slowly transformed into a someone who began to question her surroundings. Her life seemed perfect but not is all that it seems. Her own parents are not as up front as she would like to believe. The tensions that built up in the book had me absorbed in the story. I loved Cassia’s grandfather, and I felt so sad with the society’s treatment of the elderly. The story was very well written and flowed easily. I would like to see a little more character depth and I’m hoping to see more of this in Crossed. I was really surprised that I liked it as much as I did, because the first few chapters had me comparing the worlds with The Giver. Once the story began to take shape, I was able to forget the similarities. Matched is a thought provoking, dystopian read. A book that raises important questions, about what it means to have the perfect life with no free will. The ending was very unexpected for me and I quickly bought Crossed, and have every intention to read it soon. If your wondering if this one is worth the read, it really is. 

15 comments:

  1. Dear! Im so glad you liked it ^____^
    I have heard about the comparison to The Giver but since I haven read that book... well...I didnt see anything XDD

    I agree about the questions this book raises! that's something I always lobe about Dystopian. They raise relevant question (at least the ones I have read)

    great review dear ^.^
    Dazzling Reads

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  2. Glad you liked it. This was an instant fav for me.

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  3. I am on hold for this one at the library, and can't wait to read it. It sounds like something I would really love! Great review on this one! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much!

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  4. I'm so glad you liked Matched. I never thought to compare it to The Giver- but you are so right. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Crossed! I enjoyed it, but not as much as Matched. Great review!

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  5. I thought Matched was a pretty good read. I really liked the world building, although I found the plot (and the romance!) a little slow for my tastes. I'm reading Crossed now, and I'm sorry to say that it's not working out for me so far. It's very slow moving.

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  6. Yay! So glad you loved this one too, it was one of my favorites last year. I haven't read The Giver so I don't know how similar they are, but I did thoroughly enjoy the world of Matched as well as Cassia and Ky. Looking forward to seeing what you think of Crossed!

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  7. I've been hearing such great things about this series so it's cool to see even more conformation. I'll have to have to add this to my dystiopian list. I haven't read one since THG trilogy and that was my first experience. This books sounds like a good place to start with a new one. Great review.

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  8. Oh my gosh, if you saw me right now, you'd see the big grin on my face because I'm so happy that you liked this one as much as I did!!! This was one of the first dystopian books I read (other than THG, of course!) and I LOVED it completely & totally!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! Crossed is waiting for me on my shelf too -- we'll probably end up reading it at the same time! :)

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  9. Great review! I've had this book on my wishlist for a while but haven't gotten around to buying it, but perhaps I should. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I look forward to reading your review on Crossed. =)

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  10. Great Review! I also enjoy this one, although I have yet to buy Crossed. Hopefully it will be just as enjoyable - I'll keep my eyes open for your review.

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  11. This one is on my TBR list. After reading your review, I am even more eager to read it.

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  12. I enjoyed this one too. Here's my review if you are interested: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-matched-matched-1-by-ally.html

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  13. I definitely want to read this series!

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  14. I didn't care for this one. Just saw today that library is getting Crossed and I'm still wondering if I should read it.
    But good to hear you enjoyed this!

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