Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Review: Matched by Ally Condie (**I’m reviewing an ARC Copy)

Summary: 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.

The cover is beautiful. It’s simple, yet exciting, bringing attention to itself. The first time I saw it, I was intrigued by the girl in the bubble. As the story progressed, my mind instantly connected two and two together. The cover matches the story perfectly!

Ally Condie amazes me. She has created the most perfect utopia ever possible. I’ve read other dystopia novels and none of their communities can even compare with the Society. This book actually gives me the chills to know that an almost perfect community is able to be built.

I love all the characters in this novel. Cassia is innocent, and all she is trying to do at first is make sure everything in her life goes smoothly. She is oblivious to the outside world because the Society has brainwashed them by steering their knowledge in a certain direction.  At first, Cassia tries to go along and act that life is the same but eventually her mind starts to rebel. Cassia’s thoughts and outlook on her life change at a really good pace throughout the story. Never once did I think anything was rushed or dragged out. The relationship between Cassia and Ky grew in a way that I was expecting, but also surprised me by going in the direction that it did.

This book made me think of all the infinite possibilities of Cassia’s world. Everything and I mean everything, is chosen for them. But with all dystopian novels, it is easy to come to a conclusion that the supposed leaders are doing horrible things to keep the society ‘perfect.’ I made some guesses while reading and I was genuinely surprised to find out I had been incorrect. Condie’s plot leads you to believe one thing but her intricate words connect the dots you have been forming. And she does this all while keeping you on the edge of your seat!

The way Matched is written and how the plot is set out, this book just screams The Hunger Games. The two books are similar in so many ways, but both have different stories to be told. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games or any other dystopian novel, you should add Matched to your list! This is story will definitely grab the heart of everyone who reads it! A MUST READ!

Rating: 5 /5

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