Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie
(This review is based off of the advanced reader copy. The book release date is November 30, 2010.)

“What are you smiling about?” Xander wonders as I smooth the folds of my green silk dress down neat.
“Everything,” I tell him, and it’s true. I’ve waited so long for this: for my Match Banquet where I’ll see for the first time, the face of the boy who will be my Match. It will be the first time I hear his name.
I can’t wait. As quickly as the air train moves, it still isn’t fast enough. It hushes through the night, its sound a background for the low rain of our parents’ voices, the lightning-quick beats of my heart.
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Cassia has always trusted in the Society. They decide who she’ll marry, where she’ll work, and when she’ll die, and their decisions are always perfect. So when she’s Matched with her best friend, it makes perfect sense…until she gets a flash of someone else’s face on the Matched screen and begins to question everything she’s ever known.

Before I get into how much I love the book, I have to point out that I adore the cover. And what you can’t see in the picture is that it actually shimmers. Very cool.

Now for the book: WOW.

I felt such an emotional pull from this book. I was caught up in the story, in the emotion of it, more than I have been in a long time. I think it was a combination of the characters, the love story, and the world itself.

A huge part of my emotional connection, I think, is that it’s a lot about choice. And not having a choice. The Society plans out everything, controls everything, down to what is available to do for leisure activities and when you can do them. I feel claustrophobic just thinking about it. And especially when I was a teenager…not having a choice in something was infuriating. In that way, I think this story can really connect.

And the love story was so charged with feeling. I had more than a “Awe, that’s so cute! They should get together” vibe, which is usually how I feel toward teen romances. This had a spark of something real. I was completely wrapped up in it.

A brief warning to those expecting another Hunger Games-type dystopia–this book is not as fast-paced.  I think I had to transition from just finishing Mockingjay, so maybe it won’t be a problem for most people by the time Matched comes out in November. But even with the slower pace, the book kept me coming back for more. At the end, I didn’t want to put it down.

I am so excited for this book to be released. Teens (and adults) are going to love it!

*news about matched*

Author connect: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook |
Sequels: This is the first of a trilogy–yay!
Similar books: Hunger Games trilogy


*for writers*

Agent: Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House

A Page from Ally Condie’s Book: Matched has a great example of a love triangle. Both guys are interesting and likable, but they have their own personalities. They’re also both seen enough that the reader can understand Cassia’s dilemma at knowing which one to choose, because the reader comes to love both of them too (at least I did). Let the reader wrestle with the decision along with the MC.


About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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2 Responses to Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

  1. Cherylynne says:

    Ooooh…Do I get to borrow it now? I don’t think the girl who’s reading it at work is EVER going to finish it…

  2. I love how you’ve post the information for writers — like who the agent is and things to watch for in the book. I met Ally Condie, and she is just sooo amazing! I can’t wait to read the book.

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