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Matched by Ally Condie

November 30th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication Date: November 30, 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

This book is a fun read to add to the dystopian/utopian library but don’t hold your breath for anything really original.  It’s possible because I read this one right after Delirium by Lauren Oliver which I loved and the two remind me of each other.  For the most part the world Cassia lives in is pretty nice.  You don’t get sick, your perfect mate is chosen for you and you live happily ever after.  Or not?  Cassia is thrown into confusion when she is “accidentally” matched up with Ky and Xander.  Xander is her best friend but she is intrigued by Ky especially once she learns he will never be matched with anyone due to his back ground.

It was interesting to see Cassia go from being totally focused on finding out who her match is to slowly becoming disillusioned with the society she lives in.  Instead of a love interest Ky seemed to serve more as a simple catalyst to wake Cassia up to the issues her grandpa hinted at before his death.

While I enjoyed the story the main reason I didn’t give this a higher rating is I didn’t really connect with Ky or Xander.  So it was hard for me to get invested in Cassia’s dilemma and to decide which guy I really preferred.  Note I have to add a disclaimer that I was pregnant and miserable feeling sick while reading this so that possibly influenced me.  Still I wish there had been more character development.  Overall a fun read but not one that tops my list.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. ComaCalm

    I bought this yesterday from Amazon, looking forward to reading it!

  2. Pam

    I can see that!

  3. Michelle

    I actually felt more of a connection to Xander, I wish we got more with him. Ky fell completely flat for me in the romance department. He has potential but I wasn’t rooting for them or even him. I’ll be interested to see how the story progresses in the second book. I’m hopeful this was just set up for the action and that will start in the follow up.

  4. The1stdaughter (Danielle)

    I felt pretty much the same about this one. I really enjoyed how the story was set up and the world around Cassia, but I missed all the personal connections she should have had. It just seemed lacking in that area and I’m hoping in the next installments that’s remedied. Still a great read. Perfect review!

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