Book Review: Matched (Allie Condie)



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

Rating: 6.5/10

Matched is a Dystopian novel and it tries to be unique. I’ve heard it is quite similar to the Maze Runner or one of those. However, I’ve only ever read the Divergent series and the Hunger Games in Dystopian genre, so I won’t be calling myself an expert or anything J

I enjoyed Matched. Cassia isn’t annoying, and that is a big attribute in books that essentially revolve around teenage hormones. Dangerous things. All the characters come across as if they are on Prozac, which is probably spot on because their Society controls them through pills. Cassia’s attraction to Xander and Ky is very PG 13 and seems insincere most of the time.

The biggest flaw in Matched is its slow pace and that it takes forever for anything to happen, and even when there is finally some movement, nothing is as clear as clear as it should be. I still don’t have a clue about the Society and how they properly controls their citizens – that at least could have been nicely written out somewhere in the middle of the first book.

Other than that, the book is okay and mildly interesting. It is much better than Beautiful Creatures, one of the only books on earth that I flat out hate. I see they are planning to do a movie with this, and if adapted properly and more developed, it will be an interesting watch.

PS: I don’t know what these kids are complaining about in Dystopian novels all the time. Cassia gets 1) a perfect partner 2) her food gets made for her 3) she gets to do the work she is the best at 4) she doesn’t have to make decisions. As a grown-up I really can’t see the problems here