Matched by Ally Condie , Reviewed by Taylor Page

Matched by Allie Condie  


From Matched the Book:

Cassia has always trusted the society’s choices. And when her best friend appears on the matching screen, Cassia is certain he is the one … until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now she is faced with the impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between perfection and passion. Society matched them, but love set them free. In the society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.


What would it be like to have things chosen for you? People make decisions for themselves everyday like what to wear, and what to eat. It is not unusual in the world we live in today, but what if it was different? Would you always LIKE what the society chose for you ?The strong desire for choice of your own is expressed in the book Matched by Ally Condi , the dystopian novel that reveals the themes of what true love is , and what happens when breaking the rules of the society for who you truly wish to be with. The novel speaks about two young teenagers who will decide if they are willing to go this far for true love. Although I loved the whole book, I mostly enjoyed the dystopian setting, characters and remarkable description.


I was really interested in the setting of the book, and I think it would be something great to discuss with friends. Like the book The Giver, the society tries to make things “perfect”, in the society everything is chosen for you.  As a symbol for perfection in Matched the society only has 100 songs, 100 poems, and 100 pictures because they believed the society before theirs was to overcrowded with information. Society decides who you will be matched with, where you work, what you eat, and even when you die! Today people make everyday decisions without even thinking about it. Cassia is challenged and at great risk when she finds herself falling for someone else that is not her match. Matched is a fantastic mix of romance and dystopian future.


The character of Ky Markham was the second element that I really liked in this book. In the book Ky played an important part. He is intelligent but mysterious. There is something behind him that he doesn’t really show. He holds his secrets of past to himself and only shares them with Cassia Reyes who he has interest in. Ky is an aberration which means he cannot be matched. He is described as a very good looking person and has a calm personality. Ky is described with deep blue eyes, and dark hair .Cassia adores Ky where as others just see him as a friendly normal aberration.


The third element I really enjoyed was the active description. Throughout each scene Cassia uses great vocabulary. The novel gives you an excellent imagination of the book, and helps you visualize each sequence. The young adult novel helps you picture the looks of each character and personality. Almost making you feel like you’re in this futuristic society fighting in the struggle against powers.


Overall I thought Matched a fantastic book and I would love to finish reading the series. I really would love to find out what happens at the end of this love triangle. I recommend this book to other teenagers who enjoy a lovely romance/action novel but also gives you an experience of what is future could hold. Cassia is fighting for what she truly believes in which can send a message to teenagers all over the world. With the use of unique setting, mysterious characters, and great description Ally Condie has created a prize book, Matched.


2 responses

  1. I really like that you begin with a series of questions for the reader. This is a great way to grab your readers attention and draw them into your writing. I wish you would have went into deeper detail when you describe the setting. What do the buildings look like? Houses? What kind of clothes do the dystopian people wear? I also wish you would have went into more detail while you were describing the character Ky Markham. You do a great job describing his appearance, but could you dig a little deeper? What kind of person is he? I think you’ve made a great recommendation and I’m very interested in reading this series.

    P.S.–Have you read the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth? The series are kind of similar and I think you would enjoy it!

    1. Thank you for your advice about adding more detail. In my next review I will be sure support each topic by adding more specific details. Mrs. Baisden has also given tips on words you can use and things you can write about in each topic. I have also been struggling with transition words between sentences. Can you help me with this issue?
      Thank you

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