Saturday, January 21, 2012

Matched by Ally Condie

Genre:  YA Dystopian Romance
Matched Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.

I really wish people would warn me that I'm about to read a romance-focused book before I read it.  That way, I'm prepared.  I enjoy a good romance here and there, but I have a hard time when the book's main focus is romance, and I'm not prepared for it.

This world that Cassia lives in was very captivating.  I wanted to know more.  I wasn't really hooked to Cassia's story as I was hooked to the world she lived in.  A world where Society controls everything and choice isn't really a choice (but you think it is).  And the emotions Cassia had in the book felt very realistic (and I could totally relate).

With that being said, will I continue the series?  I really don't know.  I haven't heard great things about the second book.  And when it comes to purely romantic plot lines, I usually dislike the second one.  But I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good romance in a futuristic world.

Challenges:  TBR Pile Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge


  1. I've had this one sitting on my bookshelf for FOREVER! I particularly LOVE romance in a book...but I agree that some books just have WAY TOO much!

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  2. I thought that this book was okay, but it was nothing fantastic. I'm still going to read Crossed as I'm hoping it'll be better than Matched. Great review :)


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