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on June 26, 2015
I think this book might be one of the ones were you really like it or you find it boring. For me I find if you look just past the surface there are a lot of deep concepts and I suggest this book to anyone who is looking for a good read that might be a bit outside your normal. I find it a little like The Giver mixed with some romance and deeper concepts.
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on January 6, 2015
A Dystopian plotline that follows the life of Cassia Reyes, a sorter who has reached the age where she will be matched with her mate. The book opens with Cassia being matched with her best friend, Xander. But as she opens the file that outlines her match's attributes a different face flashes onto the screen: Ky Markham.

As Cassia tries to make sense of what happened an official tells her that Ky's face showing up was an error. And furthermore, she reveals that Ky can never be matched because he is an Aberration.

The rest of the book revolves around Cassia's growing discontentment with her society's rules and regulations (of which there are many). As more and more corruption in the system is revealed, Cassia also finds herself having to choose between her best friend, Xander, and Ky, the boy she is developing strong feelings for.

I enjoyed this story to a point. I really liked the character development and how Cassia grew from an obedient citizen to a rebel as the story progressed. I didn't enjoy the love triangle theme of the book - as this was a significant theme in the novel. I find love triangles that dominate the main female character's motives tend to weaken the story's plotline for me as a reader. I would rather see the character develop on her own without romantic conflict.
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A really good book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ally Condie's Matched is yet another YA dystopian novel for readers looking for another book to cure their Hunger Games hangover. It is a love story set in a society where young girls and boys are matched by "the system." And, of course, this young girl is different from the rest of society. She doesn't fit in the system and her wrong choice will mark her as a threat that must be eliminated.

Matched is the first book in Condie's trilogy and it is a New York Times bestseller. It will do well with teens who like love triangles and love story filled with difficult choices. However, Matched has less adult-crossover appeal than other YA books. It was a light and easy read about following your heart and falling in love, but if the love story doesn't hook you, you likely won't enjoy it.

Personally, I don't like Cassia and I think her feelings for Ky make her rather shallow. She acts every bit the seventeen-year-old girl that she is and compared to other dystopian YA heroines, she's less impressive. Cassia hates the system, but she's still technically inside the system by choosing Ky over Xander. A true act of rebellion (and a more interesting story) would have been where Cassia falls in love with someone she didn't see on the screen.

And more than that, why can't she fall for Xander? A case wasn't made for why Xander isn't the right choice for her. Xander's characterization makes him the ideal match, but because he's the system's choice, Cassia won't pick him. I'd argue that she's simply at an age where the bad boy is more appealing than the right boy. Essentially, I felt the story was driven more by teen hormones than anything else. And I'm old enough to see that Cassia's treatment of Xander makes her not worthy of either boy's affection. But again, I'm an adult reading a book that was written for a younger audience.

Ally Condie brings a unique twist to the extensive variety of YA dystopian novels out there. Parents, librarians and educators will appreciate that this is a "clean read" for those who like the dystopian genre, but who read more for the love story. I'm not dying to read the next two books, but I am curious to see where the story goes in Crossed and Reached.

3 Stars
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on May 29, 2014
These are great books for your adult and teenagers alike! We were very excited to get the books so quickly!
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on February 20, 2014
This was the first new world book I've read so I might be biased but I think it had a good story just wished the series and as storngly as it started
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.5 stars

I can see why people said Matched was a complete copy of The Giver basing from the “forced utopia” world that they lived in. If that’s the case then so is the movie Equilibrium and other dystopian books and movies with the same utopia. Since there are a lot of dystopian books out there that might have similar utopias, I decided to just rate and review the story, the plot, and the characters.

Matched didn’t do it for me. There were a lot of things I personally didn’t like or just wasn’t interesting enough for me. I didn’t care so much about the plot of this first book. It gave me the feeling of being under-developed and that it was lacking something.

As for the characters, I wasn’t a big fan of Cassia or even Ky. Cassia, I thought, was a brat and an emotional drama queen. She wasn’t close to any of the female main characters I loved and adored that were strong, independent, and konws exactly what they want. She clung so much to the past and those poems. I also didn’t like how she didn’t choose Xander who has been there all her life protecting her and taking a lot of risks for her. It almost seems like she only wanted Ky more because she knows she can’t be with him. I don’t really know but I guess there’s more thrill and excitement in being with Ky than Xander.

It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.

We could have been happy. I know that, and it is perhaps the hardest thing to know.

Ky didn’t do it for me either. He was this trying-hard-to-be-mysterious guy who also always tried to be average. It was just such a cliche for me and I didn’t have a connection with this character at all. He was too poetic and emotional for my liking, but the thing that turned me off more than anything was how he knew Cassia and Xander were already matched and he knew how much trouble he would put Cassia, her family, and his family in if he tries to pursue her and he still did.

The only characters I actually liked were Bram and Xander. I loved Bram’s innocence and closeness to his grandfather. I loved how he might be young but he knows to protect his family, especially covering up for her irresponsible and reckless sister. As for Xander, he was the imperfect perfect guy (if that made any sense). I loved how he just wanted to make his girl happy and how he still helped her knowing she was going after another guy. I loved how he took risks for Cassia without getting anyone else involved. I loved how he was just always there for his friends, too. I also loved how he wasn’t perfect and had that memory from his past that he regrets and wish he never did.

“I came up on the screen, too, Cassia. But he was the one you chose to see.”

I am curious enough about what might happen next and if it will get better to read the next installment. It is the first book of a trilogy so you’ll never know what might happen in the next books, – it might be better, the same, or worse – but just knowing that there might be a chance for it to be better is enough for me to read the next installments.

In summary, it was an okay read. There were parts that I just had to skip because it was just too much talk about poetry and I don’t like skipping parts. I can’t really say I’d recommend this book but readers aren’t the same – what might have been just an okay book for me might be an awesome book for you.

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I've been wanting to read this series for a really long time, due to all the hype around it. I'm glad I finally got the chance to start it! It started off good with Matched. This novel is a YA Dystopia about a girl, Cassia, who faces the possibility that everything she's ever been told about the Society might be wrong. The Society, a type of government that controls and monitors everything and that is supposed to be perfect, might not be as perfect as it seems. They made a mistake of some sort with her Match -- a system that tells each individual who they are supposed to marry and be happiest with. But Cassia had two faces pop up on her Match. Which is the right one? She's not supposed to have a choice; in fact, no one in this Dystopian society is supposed to be able to choose when it comes to big decisions.

The story was good. It was interesting and unique and kept my interest. The world-building was very well done. This Dystopian world was easy to understand and picture. But, I felt like there was more world-building than actual story for about the first half of the book -- not too much happened in the first half of the story. I didn't overly mind though, because I hate when Dystopias don't have enough world-building. I like to be able to picture this world that I'm reading about.

The characters were pretty good. They weren't my favourite characters, but they weren't bad by any means. Cassia is difficult for me to describe. She has strong and weak moments, but I think she will be even stronger in the sequel. She is an honest and kind person, for the most part, when it comes to dealing with the people she loves. She has two love interests (of course, a love triangle). Xander is one love interest. I wish we would have been able to see more of Xander; I feel like we didn't get to know him as much as I would have liked. But, he seems like a really good character. The other love interest is Ky, whom I loved. Both Xander and Ky care about Cassia and are willing to risk things for her. They are both strong, with their weaknesses being her.

The writing was good. I found everything easy to understand and read, and I was easily captivated. I loved that it was in first person narrative, as that is my favourite to read and it's been a while since I've read a first person narration. So, that was nice. However, I do feel like something was missing from the writing -- a certain amount of depth, maybe. Especially with the romance...it was missing that extra something. It's hard to describe what I mean, but the story didn't seem to grab me and pull me in as much as some other books have.

I would recommend this book. I feel like this is probably the slower book in the series, though I don't know for sure yet. I just have the feeling that the other two books will pick up and be more exciting and intense. I thought the ending of Matched was really well done and it got me excited to read the sequel!
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on March 6, 2013
Matched is an amazing book that I recommend to girls and boys between the ages of 12-16! The book is somewhat predictable, not many twists, but still a quick & easy read. I am most likely not going to continue the series because it isn't "my type" of genre..otherwise it is a good book!
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on September 13, 2012
the book came on time. it was in mint condition and was bent or torn from shipping. if you like this author give it a read it is a good book so far!
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