Matched (Matched, #1)Book Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched, Book 1
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction, Romance
Format: Paperback

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Synopsis

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.


Dystopia – CHECK
Teenagers having choice taken away from them – CHECK
One girl out to change everything – CHECK
Some teen angst – CHECK
A little romance – CHECK

I should of loved this book, but sadly the troupes that are staples of my reading list just didn’t seem to come together. The characters lacked the depth that they have in similar stories. I just couldn’t make myself care about Cass and I never really believed in her feelings for Ky. Their relationship still felt pre-determined in the way that it unfolded, rather that it being based on something real (like a burnt loaf of bread*).

Unfortunately this book wasn’t the start of a trilogy for me, or even a one hit wonder. The ending didn’t leave me wanting more, rather it left me with the need to go and re-read ‘The Hunger Games’.

*Said without a hint of sarcasm. I honestly believe that.

Please Note: This review has been copied over from Goodreads

2 Stars

Some adequate moments. Wouldn’t recommend.

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