Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

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.

There was a lot of hype about Ally Condie’s newest book Matched.  I’m always a little worried when I start a book that has a lot of hype because I hate to be disappointed. Thankfully for me this book lived up to the hype.  I really enjoyed reading it. By the time the book ended I was left completely wanting more. 

This book made me think.  I’m a little rebellious by nature.  Tell me I can’t do something and I’m not a happy camper.  I like to make my own choices and do not like to be forced to do anything.  The people in the book Matched seemed happy enough but honestly I think they would all be miserable.  Being told who to marry, having your career chosen for you and having no choice on what you eat doesn’t sound that appealing to me.  In theory everyone is happy because everything is calculated to be what is best for you, in reality not having any choice would be a miserable way to live.

I loved the charcters that Ally created.  I read the majority of this book in one sitting.  I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel Crossed which doesn’t come out until the end of next year. 

Content: Totally clean

Rating: 5 Stars

Source: ARC Tour