Monday, December 13, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie.
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile.
Pages: 366.
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.
Matched was one of the best dystopian novels that I’ve read so far. Ally Condie creates this world that is so well-crafted and highly detailed that it eventually began to feel somewhat normal as I got deeper and deeper in the book. Unfortunately, I bought into the heavy hype that surrounded it and I expected far too much of it, so I was a little disappointed in the end, but I still very much enjoyed it.

I didn’t get swept away in Cassia and Ky’s relationship like I probably should’ve. I loved their characters separately; Cassia’s determination to follow the rules added to the normalcy to the world and made her very interesting while Ky’s mysteriousness and background unraveling was something to keep looking forward to. Together, I just didn’t see it. I understand the difficulty of building a forbidden romance in a world that controls practically everything you do, but the passion kind of came out of nowhere.

However, despite my lack of love for the character relationships, the cruel yet magnificent world that Ally has built was something I did love. A lot. Small details like the age you’re set to die, the tablets you’re required to carry around at all times, the chosen amount of food you’re supposed to eat - I think, for me, it told its own story. I probably wouldn’t have needed Cassia and Ky’s romance to keep me reading.

Overall, Matched didn’t live up to the hype, but I still thought it was a wonderful debut. The world, the writing, the characters just make this an unforgettable story of finding a semblance of freedom when it doesn’t exist. I definitely recommend to all dystopian fans!

Other reviews for Matched:
Novel Thoughts.
Chick Loves Lit.
Angieville.
Candace's Book Blog.

4 comments:

  1. I am reading this right now! I am only about 60 pages in, but so far I love it :)

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  2. I agree with everything you said in your review, I basically wrote the same one! Haha. Glad to hear your thoughts and I love the Christmas theme on your blog. The hats on the book covers made me crack up!

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  3. I AGREE about Ky/Cassia passion! Seriously. I didn't buy it at ALL. Meh

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  4. I wasn't all that fussed by the relationship between the two. I really loved the universe though. I would find myself yelling in my head "CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO YOU?!?!?" and I got very invested in the story.

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