January 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm 5 comments

“The goal of Matching is twofold: to provide the healthiest possible future citizens for our Society and to provide the best chances for interested citizens to experience successful Family Life.  It is of the utmost importance to the Society that the Matches be as optimal as possible.”

Seventeen year old Cassia has been waiting to be Matched all her life, and she never even imagined she would be matched with someone from her own City!  It’s like a dream come true, being Matched with her friend Xander, but when another face flashes across her data screen, she’s stunned.  The Officials don’t make mistakes like that.  Do they?  Is it possible that she was really meant to be Matched with another classmate, Ky? 

In a society where everything you eat, learn, and do is carefully monitored for optimal results, Cassia must make a choice no one she knows has ever had to make.  Should she make the safe Match or risk everything for a chance at love?

My Review: Cassia and Ky’s romance is soft and sad and bittersweet, a delicate connection they must hide from the Officials if it’s to survive at all.  Their relationship is full of small discoveries that add up to a world of confusion for Cassia.  Ky’s childhood in the Outer Provinces saw danger and death, which is against everything Cassia has been led to believe by The Society, who promise a secure, good life and a planned, dignified end.

Cassia felt happy with her life before the Match mix up, but was it real happiness or just blissful ignorance of the true motives of The Society?  Does Cassia want to risk everything to find out the truth?  If the cost of disobedience is your friends, family, and future, is it worth it – even for love? 

This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I really liked how it focused on the people and their relationships in this first book.  The Society’s sinister undertones are part of the story, but Cassia is just beginning to understand how deep their attempts at controlling citizens truly go.  There’s still a lot to learn about the wars in the Outer Provinces and the history of The Society itself.  I can’t wait for the sequel, Crossed, to come out next fall!

Matched by Ally Condie is now available at the library. Check it out if you like gentle romance, futuristic societies, or enjoy discovering the menace underlying a seemingly perfect world. 



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Can’t Wait for Crossed? « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  October 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

    […] The narrator of Matched does a great job of pulling you into the rhythm of Cassia’s life and I was reminded of why I liked the book so much in the first place!  You can read my review of Matched here. […]

  • 2. From Matched to Crossed « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  November 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

    […] Before you read this review, my standard spoiler alert applies! This is the second book in the series, so if you haven’t read the first one, you might not want to read this review. You can read my review of the first book, Matched, here. […]

  • […] Read my review of Matched. Read my review of Crossed. […]

  • 4. small business  |  February 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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    all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

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    Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a
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