Matched by Ally Condie, Reviewed by Chris Watkins

Matched  by Ally Condie

From www.goodreads.com          Chris Watkins  5th Period   9-9-13

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.

Have you ever felt like someone always makes your decisions for you? Cassia Reyes knows all about this. Cassia lives in a dystopian society where they chose where you work, live, go to school, how you live, when you die, even who you love. One day the society makes a big mistake and Cassia is faced with making one decision that can be very dangerous to her and to all of who she loves. The book Matched by Ally Condie. I enjoyed the entire novel, but I most enjoyed the climax, setting, and the characters.

I enjoyed the climax in this book. I liked how it was presented in the book.

In the society of the Oria province, the society makes all decisions. One day after Cassia’s match ceremony, where they pick who you will be spending the rest of your life with, but not in Cassia’s case. Cassia wants to find out more information about her lifetime friend, and now her match. She sticks in the microcard, to an unpleasant, but interesting surprise. A long lost friend appears on the screen, but Cassia can not believe her eyes. After Cassia sees Ky there is somewhat of a turn up in the climax of the book. The climax is personally my favorite part in any book. That is especially what made the themes good in this book. After Cassia saw Ky, it changed her life forever.

The second thing that I really liked in this book is the magnificent setting. Although in most Dystopian books and novels, the setting was distant in the future. The future of the world was a result of the society controlling everything you do. Some of the other places in this book was the outer provinces where Ky was from. Also they had a series of scenes in the book where Cassia and Ky were at the top of a hill in the society where them and some other teens in the society would hike. Another big setting where Cassia, and the other characters would meet was in the rec hall. Where they all spent all their rec hours. Usually Xander and Ky would play games, and Cassia and Emma would watch.

The last thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the characters. I enjoyed all the characters because they all served an interesting part in the book.  Cassia was of course the main character, but Ky and Xander were very important too. Emma, Cassia’s girl best friend was the least associated character in the book. Grandfather was important, because that is the person who Cassia loved the most. Mom and Dad, Cassia’s parents were important because they were members of the society. Cassia’s father was an officer for the society so everything that the society did that Cassia didn’t like her father had to do it too. Cassia’s mother was a member of the society, but she wasn’t as important to the society as her husband was. Last but not least, Bram Cassia’s brother was just as unimportant as Emma was, but  he was still in the book.

In Conclusion, overall I enjoyed the book Matched. It was one of my favorite books that I’ve read in awhile. I intend to keep reading the series, I really want to know what happened after that ending. I encourage this book to be read by teens or adults. I recommend to all readers that love romance though. It was overall as a magnificent book. I would give it a three and a half out of five stars. I certainly enjoyed the great themes, interesting settings, and the amazing characters. Matched by Ally Condie.

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3 responses

  1. Chris,
    I thought you did an overall great job on your book review! You followed the assignment guidelines and rubric outlines very well! It is always good to make sure you use a reliable source for information and goodreads is a trusted source! Your introduction was strong and captured my attention, you also had a nice thesis statement that you stuck to throughout the paper and even referred back to in the conclusion. Some suggestions that I have for you that you may chose to use, would be to add some quotations from the book throughout the review. Especially in the paragraph that talks about the characters. Rather than just describing the characters, I think it could benefit your review if you added specific quotations or examples when talking about these characters and why you liked them. For example, “I really liked it when Grandfather did this (give an example of something you liked) …. or when grandfather said this (use quote).” I would also remember that book titles should have quotation marks around them, “Matched”. I enjoyed reading your book review and think that you did a fantastic job! It sounds interesting and you have convinced me to read the book someday!

    1. Dear Kaytilin, I appreciate everything you said about my book review. I’m really glad you liked it. I will be sure to use quotations next time instead of just stating them without quotes. I don’t think Mrs. Baisden has told me about not using them in my work before. Thank you for pointing that out for me. I would like to ask you for some advice if you could give me some that would be fantastic. I would like to ask you for some advice on how to use proper grammar better. I feel that if I use better grammar I can do better.

      Sincerely,

      Chris Watkins

  2. Chris,

    I am glad to hear that my comments have been helpful to you! As far as improving your grammatical skills I would first tell you not to get frustrated or discouraged when it comes to grammar rules. Often times the saying “practice makes perfect” comes into play with grammar. Slowly but surely you will start to pick up on grammar rules and memorize “right” from “wrong” scenarios through experience. Some advice on how to improve on these skills would be to try to focus on one or two grammatical structures at a time and really try to use them correctly. Let’s say for example you chose to focus on using proper comma placement in your next paper. Research/review on commas and the correct ways to use them and then try to apply what you have learned in your next writing assignment. Another suggestion is to start keeping a log or an “error journal” of grammatical errors that you, your teachers or peers may point out . In the error journal, write out the misused sentence that shows the incorrect grammatical structure and then underneath correct the mistake by rewriting the sentence correctly and error free. After that write a brief reflection on what it is that you changed/corrected and how it benefited/improved your writing. These are just a few suggestions that will hopefully help you out! I am glad that you asked me for some advice, that shows that you are a dedicated student who is willing to improve and grow as a writer! Keep up all the great work!
    Best,
    Kaytlin

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