08 March 2015

Book Review: Matched

Title: Matched
Series: Book #1 in the Matched Trilogy 
Author: Ally Condie
Published: 2010
Genre: YA Fiction
Brief Overview: Cassia Reyes lives in a dystopian society based on probability and predictions. In The Society everything is monitored - even food is distributed based on individual nutritional needs. Everyone in The Society is healthy and their lives are scheduled for them. At 80 years old, everyone, including Cassia's grandfather, have their final banquets and then die. At age 17, members of Society are matched with a partner with whom they will eventually enter into a marriage contract. In Matched, Cassia begins to suspect that there has been a mistake with her match and finds herself falling for someone else. Meanwhile, there are changes going on in The Society and it seems like there may be trouble ahead.

Impressions: If you like reading about dystopian societies this is a good book, though not too different from other books in the genre. Since Matched is the first book in the trilogy, a lot of the story line was an explanation of  how The Society works. We learn about Cassia's Match Banquet, her grandfather's Final Banquet, and the work, school and leisure activities they participate in. Much of this book seems to be a set up for what is going to happen next. Matched was okay, but it really made me want to read Crossed. There isn't much action in the book until near the end. Warning: There is a bit of a love triangle but it's not too cheesy, so don't let that stop you from reading the book.  I liked Matched and am anxious to find out what happens next. 

If you liked Matched, you should read:
Crossed by Ally Condie or Divergent by Veronica Roth

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  1. I didn't really like Matched, honestly. I gave it 2 stars. I read it a long time ago so I don't really remember what i didn't like about it, but I think I didn't really like the main character. I'm glad you enjoyed this more than me. Great review :)

    Maisha @ Books Equal Awesomeness

  2. I tried reading this one a few years ago and never finished it. SOmething right in the beginning made me put it down and now I can not recall what that was.

  3. Oh wow, I didn't think that you'd like this book enough to continue on with the series!
    I've heard really mixed things, but I'm not really interested in reading this anytime soon. I'm super glad you liked it though <3 Great review!

    - Jumana @ http://booksbyj.blogspot.com/

  4. I really liked the first two books in the series but I didn't care for the third. Don't you hate it when that happens? I feel like a series that starts well should end well too.

    1. I do hate when that happens! You want to know what happens but you don't want to read a book that's not interesting. I haven't read the last book yet, but I'll post a review on it when I'm done. Thanks for commenting :) <3 Bee

  5. I remember when I heard about this book years ago. It sounded interesting but like you said it's not any different than the other dystopian books out there. I'll probably never get around to reading it.



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