Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

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.
   I think my dystopian craze is coming to an end (although I still want to read Across The Universe and Wither). I didn't enjoy Matched as much as I hoped I would have, but I still liked it quite a lot. Oh, and the cover! Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?
   Ally Condie's writing is really nice. Her sentences aren't dramatic and choppy, but more flowing and poetic. Her writing reminds me vaguely of Lisa Schroeder's, although Lisa writes in verse and Ally does not. Ally Condie always ties things back to the main idea, and I really liked that.
   Her characters, I had issues with. I did not like Cassia. I found her selfish. Also, she was really wishy-washy; she couldn't make her mind up. I think the main reason I didn't like her was because of her infatuation with Ky. I am 100% Team Xander, so for about the majority of the novel, I was angry with Cassia.
   My thoughts throughout most of the book: "No! Quit spending time with Ky! Stop it, you selfish girl! Xander loves you! Quit! Stop! UGH."
   I did not understand why Cassia liked Ky so much. He was just an alright character like every single character in the book. Yes, he had an interesting past, but would Cassia really have felt like this if his face had not shown up on her microcard? I don't think so. So basically, I felt like their love was superficial.
   The plot was on the slow side, but I flipped through the pages like crazy anyway. I wanted Cassia to redeem herself; to go back to Xander, and in a way, I guess she does. Ally Condie uses a lot of foreshadowing that I did not catch, so as I read the book, I was pleased by the surprises. The ending was really random though, in my opinion.
   I kept thinking that Matched was way too similar to The Giver. The controlled society, Ky giving pieces of his story to Cassia (hello? The Giver gives memories to Jonas), etc. Some dystopians are really unique and fascinating, and I, unfortunately, did not feel that Matched met that criteria.
   Case in point, the book was fine, but it did not have that "absolutely amazing" factor.
   Ally Condie has created a beautifully written dystopian novel that will really make readers think. This book is worth the read for certain people, although I'm not sure if I'll pick up Crossed.
   3 keys.


  1. I had mixed feelings about this one, too. It was enjoyable, but it just didn't grab me like some other books do. I quite liked Ky, though. I think Cassia liked him because he was different whereas she had known Xander all her life and not considered him romantically before. Ky was the kind of wounded puppy-type that a lot of teen girls fall for, as well. But overall, I couldn't get passionate about anything in this book. It was ...nice but not amazing.

  2. I loved this book!!!! Team Xander all the way! Great review!

  3. I zoomed through this book as just wanted to find out what would happen. However, this is one of those books where, in retrospect, it seems a bit bland. Well written, but rather slow for a dystopian novel. I wonder how Crossed will fare...

  4. I read this when it first came out, before the dystopian genre became super popular, so I really liked it. I think if I had read it for the first time now after reading a bajillion other dystopians, I wouldn't be as impressed. I'm still super excited to read Crossed though!

  5. GREAT BOOK!!!! TEAM KY!!!!!!

  6. Agreed!! Team Xander!!!


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