Matched by Ally Condie

December 18, 2011 Reviews 0

American author Ally Condie writes the bestselling Matched series, which includes the books Matched (November 2010) and Crossed (November 2011). She has a degree in English Teaching and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three sons. 

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. 

Except he’s not. 

In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die.

But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. 

And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel …

I can’t help but be a little disappointed in this book after such a promising premise. I think the concept of a higher order dictating everything, from what one eats, how they exercise, what they dream, could have been used as something better –  instead of being a backdrop to what is shaping up to be an unoriginal, love triangle oriented story. 

I thought that the characters also lacked originality – the excited, naive girl, the best friend, the mysterious new guy, the innocent younger brother, parents with a secret – all overdone in YA fiction. I don’t feel that Ally Condie brought anything new to the genre in this book – it seems she borrowed elements from many other dystopian YA books. 

I have the second book in the series, Crossed, and intend to read it – I hope that the story fleshes out into something better than what it currently is. 

About the book:

  • Pub. Date: 30 Nov 2010
  • Publisher: Dutton Books 
  • Format: Hardback, 369 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9780525423645 ISBN 10: 0525423648
  • Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository
  • My review of Crossed (#2 in the Matched series)

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