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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic dystopian novel! One of my favourite reads of 2011
This book will be among the top of the list for my favourite reads of 2011! It has won several literary awards, including: 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and 2010 Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of the Year for Fiction.
Cassia Reyes is a 17 year-old teenager living in a dystopian world. Teens can choose whether they will remain single or be...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand the hype. Try Hunger Games instead
I am trying to figure out what in the world the hype was all about for this book. I heard so many good reviews from it and gave it a try hoping it was good as everyone said it was. I fail to see what's so great about it.
The beginning chapters of the book did manage to get my attention to keep reading. It was interesting and I wanted to read more. The moments...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't understand the hype. Try Hunger Games instead,
This review is from: Matched (Hardcover)I am trying to figure out what in the world the hype was all about for this book. I heard so many good reviews from it and gave it a try hoping it was good as everyone said it was. I fail to see what's so great about it.
The beginning chapters of the book did manage to get my attention to keep reading. It was interesting and I wanted to read more. The moments with Cassia and her grandfather were touching and did hit a soft spot for me. I enjoyed reading Cassia and Xander. They were literally, perfect together. Then Ky comes in.
It came to the point where I really started to hate Ky. It wasn't just Ky I started to hate. Cassia really got on my nerves. All the chapters were about Ky. Ky this. Ky that. What would Ky do? oh, I bet Ky would like that. Oh, Ky would have done something else. Ky is the light of my world. I want to kiss Ky but not yet. Ky looked so beautiful looking at the sun. Ky Ky Ky Ky Ky yeah..you get my point? I understand she's fallen in love, and fallen hard but it's almost a very unhealthy borderline obsession and it just about made me stop reading. I didn't know how I put up with reading endless pages about Ky. I don't care about Ky. I want to know more about the dystopian society the characters were living in. I wanted some action and I wanted the plot to move. It got even more frustrating because then she adds Xander to this mix. Then it became: I love Ky, but I love Xander too. Xander and I are meant to be. Yet I want Ky. Egads Cassia, what in the world do you want? you want your cake and you want to eat it too?? At this point in the book I wanted to get in there and punch her to let her come to her senses.
The descriptions on the world were slow to come out. They were given in fragments and it felt as if you had to pull teeth to find out more about this dystopian society. It certainly had interesting concepts and the usual characteristics of a dystopian fiction and I did like the 'three pills' idea. however I just don't get why the delay in explaining how the world was like? Why give bits and fragments here and there for the reader? It just made the book drag.
The plot was interesting at first, but it was slow moving and nothing really happened. Don't expect any action until the very end, and by that time, I didn't really care anymore and thought I wasted my time with this book.
If you just want a book with romance as the main central theme take this. If you're expecting a dystopian fiction with romance on the side, but with a good exciting plot I suggest you try Hunger Games instead.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No depth,
This is nothing like the Hunger Games trilogy and the writing does not come close to comparing. The characters in this book are one-dimensional and uncompelling. I did not feel any connection to the main characters, nor did I understand their motivations. The author seemed to substitute for poor writing skills and character development by explicitly telling the reader exactly what was going on and what to feel.
The world described in "Matched" does not seem all that terrible. Health and longevity by forcing good nutrition? Now there's a compelling reason to rage against the machine!
There was nothing interesting about the plot. It was a string of dystopian cliches. There was no chemistry between the main characters. I did not care about them at all and did not understand why they were attracted to each other (don't worry the author will tell you why!).
If you like Hunger Games, skip this book and pick up Divergent, or even some classics like 1984, Brave New World, The Giver, Chrysalids or Fahrenheit 451.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic dystopian novel! One of my favourite reads of 2011,
This review is from: Matched (Audio CD)This book will be among the top of the list for my favourite reads of 2011! It has won several literary awards, including: 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and 2010 Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of the Year for Fiction.
Cassia Reyes is a 17 year-old teenager living in a dystopian world. Teens can choose whether they will remain single or be "matched." Those wishing to be matched will be found a partner using a scientific balance of probabilities to result in the healthiest offspring. By gene-matching in this way, the Society effectively has wiped out cancer and other terminal and degenerative diseases.
At Cassia's Match Banquet, her match is revealed to be none-other than her best friend, Xander Carrow. As is customary at the Match Banquet, Cassia receives a silver box containing a microchip that has background information about her match. When Cassia puts the chip into her system, she is shocked to see a picture of someone else flashed on the screen - and it is a picture of another boy that she knows: Ky Markham.
Cassia wonders whether a mistake has been made regarding her match. Was Ky intended to be her match instead of Xander? The Society doesn't make mistakes, so how could this have happened? As Cassia tries to uncover the truth, she discovers that there is a lot about the Society that doesn't add up.
I thought this was a fantastic dystopian novel, and dystopia is fast-becoming one of my favourite genres! I found myself daydreaming about what life would be like in the world that Condie has created: Obesity has been eliminated due to catered meals created and delivered for each mealtime that meets each individual's caloric needs, recreational time that is scheduled into each day to allow everyone time to de-stress, a vocation that is chosen for someone based on their strengths and abilities. It sounds to me like it would be a virtually stress-free world! With debilitating diseases wiped out, each person can live a long and healthy life until the age of 80 which is age that is "chosen" for each person to die. Another interesting concept in Condie's world is that life is structured to be as uncluttered as possible. This means that there are only 100 songs, 100 poems, 100 books, etc. Condie's world-building is quite complex.
As long as you didn't question the Society's decisions, you could live quite blissfully in Condie's world. That is, unless, you wished for free choice. Even the recreational time isn't truly "free" because you can only choose one of the options given to you. Would you give up your right for free choice if you could live a relatively trouble-free life? Although such a life is tempting, I suspect that I would be one of those that would try to rebel against authority.
Narrator Katie Simses was a perfect choice for this book. Her voice as Cassia was believable and authentic, and I found her interesting to listen to.
I loved this book! Cassia is a fantastic character, and I love her evolution from one of the mindless Society followers to someone who begins to question the choices made for her. I may not have always agreed with the decisions Cassia made (for example, when she burned her Grandfather's poem), but I thought the choices she made were true to her character.
I highly recommend Matched, and I can't wait for the story to continue in the next installment, Crossed.
MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Books and Bindings Review,
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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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars,
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!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!,
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This review is from: Matched: Matched Trilogy, Book 1 (Kindle Edition)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!
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
This review is from: Matched (Hardcover)In the Society where Cassia grew up, everything was decided for her. The Officials decide where people work, when people will die, even who people will love. But all of this seems right to Cassia. After all, this is all needed in order to live a long, fulfilling life.
The Matching ceremony where teens find out who they are matched with is a big deal. And when Cassia's best friend turns out to be her match, she knows that the system works. Until she sees another boy's face flash on the screen for just a split second. And now she is torn between Xander and Ky. One boy will lead her towards the life she's always known - and the other will lead her toward an unknown life of passion.
Which path should she choose? Which path WILL she choose?
Wow, can you imagine living in a world where everything is decided for you? What you wear, what your job is, who you love, the age that you can have kids by, what you eat, when you die? Ally Condie paints this world in such vivid words that you can perfectly imagine it. And it's slightly creepy. I don't think I would do well in a world where everything is decided for you and you have almost no choices.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in the story. I love how Cassia grows so much from the beginning until the end of the story when she is questioning the ways of the Society. And Xander and Ky are both such great guys. Usually in stories where the girl is trying to decide between two boys, I find myself leaning towards liking one boy more than the other. But not so in MATCHED. I think I liked Xander and Ky equally. Neither of them had any bad qualities.
If I had one complaint about this book, it's that the middle got a little slow for me. I think it plod along and some of the story could have been told more quickly. That being said, though, the ending definitely left me wondering what happens next. I can't wait for the sequel!
Oh, and on a side note, I really love the cover of this book. The girl in a green dress in the bubble just really caught my eye!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 8 Stars!,
This review is from: Matched (Hardcover)I was very excited to read this book with all the good reviews I was seeing. So many authors that I love had shown how much they loved it, along with a lot of other Y.A readers. As soon as I started this book I was immediately intrigued and had to keep reading. This book has the same feel to me as The Hunger Games. It has a different plot really, but maybe it was just the writing style... I don't know... but either way I loved it just as much as The Hunger Games. Now this book isn't quite as intense as twilight with the romance... (yet anyways)... but it does have a great love story and I think it will get more involved as story progresses. I found I had some conflicted feelings sometimes because I liked both of the guys Cassia was developing feelings for... Xander and Ky. When she was leaning more towards one of them, I always felt bad for the other and vice versa. They are both just great stand up guys that actually don't hate each other so maybe that was different. I loved the world this book takes place in; it's so different from anything we could even imagine. Having everything decided for you... no choices what so ever! I like when Cassia starts to put things together and starts to have her own feelings with what should be going on. Getting to the end of the book was so intense, I was so tired, eyes blurred and burning from long hours of reading but I just could not put it down... I had to find out what happened. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book "Crossed" due out Nov. 2011!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good dystopian fiction,
This review is from: Matched (Hardcover)Summary
Cassia is pretty happy with her life. She has a good family, good friends, and she's finally on her way to her matching ceremony where her real future will begin! She's confident that the Society knows what's best. Her parent's long and happy marriage is proof of the success of the matching system, so when the Society gives Cassia her match, she knows that she's been paired with the right person. But when a tiny flaw in system makes Cassia aware of other options, her belief in the Society and everything they stand for slowly starts to crumble. Now Cassia is faced with a difficult decision between the easy life she's always known, or risking everything to follow her heart.
Matched is set in a well-crafted and intriguing dystopian society, that strips away the pleasures and privileges we have become so accustomed to in today's high-tech, possession-driven world. The three main characters in the story are unique and well developed, though I found the secondary characters lacked depth. The intricate differences between Xander and Ky made for an enjoyable love triangle (and I'm often not fond of the love triangle). There is very little in the way of action in Matched, but the trials and tribulations of the people under the Society's control will keep readers engaged.
I'm a relatively new reader to dystopian fiction, but I couldn't help comparing Matched to The Hunger Games as I was reading. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Matched, in this comparison it falls a little short.
If you're able to let go of comparisons and enjoy it for what it is, Matched is a fascinating story and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Matched by Ally Condie (Hardcover - Nov. 30 2010)
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