Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Matched by Ally Condie (Andye's take)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Matched by Ally Condie (Andye's take)

Matched
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423645
  • Author's Website:  http://allycondie.com/
  • Official Matched Page:  http://www.matched-book.com/

It isn't very often that a group of us reads the same book, but when Kit and Abigaile had such good things to say about MATCHED, I just had to pick it up myself.  I am so glad that I did!!  This was one of my favorite reads of the year!

The story starts with Cassia, a complacent girl who does what she's told, when she's told.  She trusts the Society to make all the important (and even the seemingly unimportant) decisions in her life:  Where she will work, what she can read, who she will marry.  When the Society "Matched" her with Xander, she wasn't surprised.  He is perfect for her, her best friend.  But when she looks at her Match again on her own computer, it isn't Xander's face that appears, it's Ky's.

Ky has been in Cassia's life almost as long as Xander, but while Cassia knows everything there is to know about Xander, Ky is a complete mystery.  After seeing his face, she wonders if he's the one she's really meant to be with.  As she spends more and more time with Ky, he starts to help her see the world for what it really is.  She realizes that there is so much more to life than what the Society tells them.
Now she's faced with a choice, and it isn't just a choice between Xander and Ky.  It's a choice between suppression and freedom. 

It was amazing to me, that in a world that was so stifled in every way, there could be so much passion! Even before Cassia realized it herself, you could tell that she had a curiosity for life and love that wasn't going to be stopped.  The fire that was waiting inside her, only needed a spark to start blazing, and that spark was Ky.  I think that's why I loved Ky so much, and why, even though Xander was perfect, I would choose Ky every time.  He's the one who pushed Cassia to question things.  He's the one who wouldn't let the Society choose for him.  Xander was a great guy, but he was complacent, happy to go along with the way things were done.  Ky pushed the boundaries.  He held on to his freedom and helped Cassia to find hers.

I loved the romantic tension between Cassia and Ky, as well.  It reminded me a lot of Twilight, in the way that there was SO much desire and passion when they weren't even able to touch.  When love and romance are held at bay, it just builds that much more.  It's amazing to me that the books that are the most moving and the most sigh-worthy, aren't the ones where the main characters are all over each other, they are the ones where the tension is built up to the breaking point.  The ones where you're dying for them to just graze each other's fingers.  Talk about driving a person crazy!!

It wasn't just the romance that I loved, though.  The world that Ally created was so fantastical!  And although I would never want to live in that world, I couldn't help but be intrigued by it.  Can you imagine being told what to eat, where to live, where to work, who to marry; only being able to read from The Hundred Stories, or The Hundred Poems, singing only from The Hundred Songs?  Talk about creepy!!  I also really enjoyed reading about Cassia's family!  So often the main character's family is just background, with no real depth, but Cassia's family had a story to tell.  Each of them were multi-dimensional, and I loved discovering about them.

I loved every page of this book!  AND I'm excited that I can recommend this to readers of all ages!!  Adults will love this as much as teens, and it's so clean that even tweens will be able to read it!!  I can not wait for the sequel to come out!!  Write fast, Ally!!!

Make sure you check out what Kit and Abigaile had to say about MATCHED in their vlog review, and enter to win an ARC of Matched!! (ends 11/30)


I'll read it forever!






You may like to know:  MATCHED is a very clean read.  There is no cussing or sexual content and very little violence.  It will be added to the "clean reads" page on Parental Book Reviews!

33 comments:

  1. Reading all of these positive reviews has got me so excited for this book! I hope it lives up to the hype!

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  2. Thanks! Now I am more excited than before to read this book! =)

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  3. This sounds so good. I have a copy, but just haven't been able to read it yet. Awesome review!

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  4. I am very excited! My copy of Matched arrives today. YAY!Thanks for the review!

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  5. Thanks for the review! I already read this one--a shame that it didn't live 100% up to my expectations, but it was nicely written.

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  6. I love a book the author has gone beyond the expected to entertain us with her world building.

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  7. This book looks soo good!! I've been wanting to read it for so long, and your review made me even more excited to read it!

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  8. I have this book and still haven't read it. Shame on me. It looks really good. Thanks for your review.

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  9. I was really excited about this book and I did enjoy it a lot though it wasn't as great as I'd thought it would be-more details in my review.

    Great review!

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  10. Awesome review! I have been not so patiently waiting for this book and am happy to hear you rate it so highly...even more excited now:)

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  11. I cannot wait to read this book! It looks soooooooo good!

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  12. I actually really loved this book too! There have been few books that I have read in one complete sitting, but this was so great that I just couldn't stop! Great review!

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  13. This actually sounds really good--romance and a fantasy world. I need to add it to my to-read list!

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  14. Awesome review! :)
    I can't wait to get my hands on this book! It was already on my TBR list, but you just made me wanna read it even more :D
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Ambur

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  15. I absolutely loved this book! I think it's one of the best I read this year :D

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  16. What a great review. I have heard nothing but great things about this book so I've pre-ordered it. I'm really excited for it now.

    Vivien

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  17. Good review! I cannot wait to read this one. I've heard really great things about it so far!

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  18. I can't wait to read Match! Sounds like this book will create some team rivalry. :) I need to get my hands on a copy of this. Thanks so much for the review, I really enjoyed it.


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  19. Matched sound amazing!! Cant wait to read this one.

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  20. I've read so many great reviews of this book, it's got me all excited! :D

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  21. I have heard nothing but great things about Matched. Sounds like a must-read.

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  22. I just heard good things about this book and I can't wait to read it ;)

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  23. I've read so many positive reviews of this book. It's definitely at the top of my TBR pile! Thanks for the review. :)

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  24. Your mention of a world when nobody has a free will has intrigued me.

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  25. Amazing review! I keep seeing great reviews of this book. Really make me ´want to read this!

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  26. I keep seeing so many good reviews for Matched. I have got to get this book soon! Thanks for your review.

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  27. I've seen a lot of reviews for this book so I'll be excited when I read it to see if it lives up to them. From what you've said in the review, it reminds me a little of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, which I just re-read.

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  28. This book sounds so good. Can't wait to get my hands on it! maybe for Christmas arrive!! ^^ It was already on my shopping list, but you just made me put it on top of it =)

    Awesome review BTW!

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  29. I'm so excited for this book! Ive heard amazing things about it and the concept really appeals to me :)

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  30. I haven't read it yet , but i definetly will ..

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