Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Matched" by Ally Condie!

(Matched #1)

~By: Ally Condie

~Published: November 30th, 2010

~Length: 369 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance


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.

~ 5/5 Roses ~

When I first read this book, I was fairly new to the dystopian genre.  I had read some classic books that fit in that genre, but nothing modern.  The interesting synopsis and gorgeous, intriguing cover had me interested pretty quick.  I didn't know what to expect, but this book officially got me hooked on modern dystopian novels.

Experiencing the future world Cassia lives in, as well as learning about the events that happened to get them there, was completely fascinating.  The thing I loved the most, was that it wasn't very far fetched!  A safe, controlled civilization, living completely dependent on the Society (government) and living in a neat, orderly bubble.  It seems amazing that something as simple as a supposed glitch on a computer screen could change everything for Cassia, but it does, and watching her face hard decisions through this book made it a compelling read.

I truly loved all the characters in this book.  Cassia is a fantastic female lead- strong in her own right, and while she had her irritating quirks, she is relatable and believable.  Xander and Ky, oh my.  Both guys are fascinating and addicting, even being complete opposites.  The side characters all fill in around these three to make a full community, allowing this future world to take shape.

I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit.  The writing is very good, flows well, and is very descriptive.  This book has a wonderful balance of mystery, suspense, adventure, and character development.  Basically, I love this book, I think anyone would enjoy it, and I can't wait to read the sequel!

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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~First published Sept 14th, 2013.  Re-posted for TBT review post.


  1. That cover seriously got my attention! I was like "WTF?" I love the premise of this story and from your review I think it's one I could really enjoy. Great review :-)

  2. The cover is what got my attention when I first saw it too! I did the same thing, like "WTF? Gotta check that out" haha. One of my favorite covers though, it's really unique.

    I'm glad you liked my review- thank you! It's a great story, firmly in my top 10 :~)


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