Review – Matched

29 Apr

Matched by Allie Condie. Penguin Group, 2011

  • ISBN-13: 9780142419779
  • Book one of the trilogy
  • YA fiction; dystopian fiction

The Plot:

Cassia Reyes doesn’t have to worry about anything.  All of the major decisions in her life are made for her, by the Society.  At her Matching Ceremony, Cassia knows she will be partnered with her perfect match.  During the ceremony, Cassia faces a screen and waits for the Society to reveal her perfect mate.  She sees Xander, her best friend and her destiny.  Suddenly the screen fickers and Ky Markham’s face appears.  Then the screen goes blank.

The Society reassure Cassia that Xander is her match, but her thoughts keep turning to Ky.  She begins to doubt the Society, which has always seemed so flawless.  Cassia is faced with the choice of following the rules which she has never previously questioned, or challenging the Society’s authority and creating her own future.

Book Snitch’s thoughts:

This novel starts a great premise which most people have thought about : what if we didn’t have to worry about finding ‘the right person’?  Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to worry about finding a compatible love match, because they would be find us?  At first the idea seems alluring, but Cassia’s internal conflict after she sees Ky’s face for an instant reminds us that many things can be controlled, but emotions are unpredictable.

From the start you will be drawn in to know how the Society works.  What do the red, blue and green pills that everyone has to carry around with them do?  What happens to the elderly?  Why is Ky an Aberration, and what does that mean?  Ally Condie creates a mysterious futuristic setting which fascinates the reader and will get them questioning the seemingly perfect appearances right from the start of Matched.

Who should read this?

Classified as YA literature, Book Snitch recommends this to readers aged twelve upwards.  This is definitely a must-read for dystopian fiction fans, and futurism enthusiasts.  It will also appeal to romantic fiction fans.

Note for educators:  Matched would make an great comparison with dystopian classics like Brave New World by Adolf Huxley and Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell.  It could be used an an independent reader in a dystopian fiction unit, or extracts could be used for close comparison analysis with another dystopian novel.

Book Snitch rating:

5 stars

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