Monday, March 7, 2011

Review: Matched: Ally Condie

Matched: Ally Condie
Synopsis: Goodreads
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.
   WOW WOW WOW, I love this cover so much that I am beyond words!
My Review:
        To begin with I was so super excited about reading this book for many reasons. I must say this book has one of the most simple yet most beautiful cover I have seen. I am a complete sucker for covers! Secondly I loved the synopsis and that it read so beautifully on google preview!
So now where to begin on my thoughts on the book?? Let’s discuss the things I liked! I was really enticed in the beginning of this book. To see Cassia so happy and accepting of the world she lived in was great. It made me understand how brainwashed and ignorant the society was. She felt all her dreams were coming true when it was far from it. I thought her acceptance of the society was genuine. She had no reason to think the society was evil. She knew the rules and followed them perfectly. But even though she probably never questioned the society before she saw Ky on her microsd card, her wanting of knowledge was believable. She didn’t automatically accept or deny that the society was up to no good. She was smart.
        I enjoyed seeing her peel open like an onion which is a weird saying. The reason why I said this is because once she started questioning one thing she began thinking about how it affected other parts of her life which made her question more. She was never rash in her decisions and always very careful in what she did. I think the author did an amazing job at explaining how this world function and not making it sound crazy or psychotic even though it really was. The officials reminded me of the specials from the Uglies Trilogy but not that evil. It was so freaky how they literally controlled every aspect of their lives I mean it was really extreme and that can’t even cover it.
        I really liked how the author explored the relationships in Cassia’s life such as her parents. They were very respected and followed all the rules but were not ignorant to the fact there was something wrong. You could also really tell how much that family loved it each other.  They were all so darn cute. Xander was such a great character to read about as well because he always seemed to not be completely ignorant which I liked. He was very in tuned with Cassia and I feel bad how things ended with them. I also feel bad for Ky, he really has had such a hard life. He kind of reminded me of Aislinn from Wicked Lovely. He always knew how to blend in not call attention to himself because he knew better.  
        Some of the things that I particularly didn’t care for are the following.  The whole time I was reading Matched I was waiting for the other shoe to drop or something crazy to happen. I mean someone running away, or getting caught or type of action to liven up the book. The beginning was good but it started dying out on me. If I hadn’t read this book in one sitting than it would have taken me forever to finish it. It’s not one if those books where something crazy happen at the end of some chapters that keep you going till the end. This book was more of discovering things through each chapter. It was very slow paced. After a while I realized that there was not going to be some big moment so I accepted the book for what it is. At times there were a little bit too many descriptions about the poems or something else but I brushed it off.
        Overall the book was pretty good. It’s one of those books that make you think thank god I don’t live like that. Or what would I do in that situation. The level of control that the society has in Matched is disturbing and really makes you wonder. I am positive that I will read the sequel Crossed and I hope it’s better. Maybe since a lot of the plot and groundwork were setup in Matched it will lead to more exciting scenes in Crossed!


  1. Great review Melissa! I personally really liked it, but I can see where you are coming from, it was pretty slow in the beginning, but the end?!? BAM! Craziness!

  2. Really liked your review! I'm hopping to read it soon.

  3. Great review !! =)
    I really can't wait to read Crossed either !! I look forward to know how the cover will look like =) !!

  4. Great review.. I agree It was a little slow.. But I loved the book anyway. And It really made you think about the world and how everything is evolving :P

  5. I definitely agree with you that it got slower further on- I really hope that isn't the case with crossed; the premise was so great but as of yet the book itself didn't live up to it!

    I came here from the CEP

  6. OOOOhhhhh I wanna read it but in the book shop of my town it isn't there :S

  7. Wonderful Review. Its slow paced hmm? I wonder how I'll take that. I'll be reading this in a week. :D