Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 366
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Release Date: November 30, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie was one of the most hyped up books at 2010's Book Expo America. It's the first in a planned trilogy about a dystopian society where the government matches people up with who they are to marry, what jobs they'll hold, etc. Except, for Cassia, the main character in this book, it all goes terribly wrong when something malfunctions and, while viewing the micro-chip that holds all the information about the boy she is matched with, she sees a second person's face for a split second.

I've seen some wonderful reviews for this, including being listed on many "best of" lists, but it just really didn't do it for me. Learning about the rules and functioning of this society was pretty interesting, but ultimately I didn't feel like there was really a whole lot to it. I did think the author did a good job of depicting how one small event or glimpse can cause someone to obsess over another and for feelings to build when they might not otherwise have. I could think back to my teen years and relate to this dynamic.

But other than that this was just an okay read for me. I finished reading it a couple weeks ago and my memory about it is already fairly vague. I will say I didn't think the ending was a cliffhanger like some reviewers said. I do agree with some reviewers, though, that some parts dragged slightly. I think I would have liked this book more if it had been maybe 75-100 pages shorter and more action packed. I would think this might be a better book for younger young adult readers except that I've read some good reviews by adults. I may read the second book to see where it goes, but I'm not dying to read it.

I was wondering, though... are we choosing teams for this one? Because if so, I'm Team Xander!!


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I feel the same way. I read it when I got it at BEA, and I believed in the world but something was missing with the characters. It was just a little flat. I think for me the 2nd book will make or break this series and I may or may not read the next one. I think I am team Zander, if he was her original match. I can't really remember who was who.

Miss Remmers said...

I absolutely loved this book - but I pretty much love all dystopia! If you are looking for something with fantastic characters and plot, I highly recommend "Delirium"!

Juju at Tales of said...

Only ok? Good to know :) Thanks for your honesty!

Tina said...

I really liked this was on my best of list...:D I just had a lot of fun reading, it was fluffy but fun fluffy!!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Too bad you this book didn't do it for you; I really liked it. But that's the great thing about books and the book blogging world: we all have books that work for us or don't and we get to talk about it!

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

I have also heard good reviews about this. Sometimes some books tend not to work for us.

Jenny said...

Nicole: Haha, I agree exactly with what you said! And yes, that was Xander, LOL.

Reagan: Thanks for the recommendation! I have that one from BEA too and def. need to read it soon. Sounds like I might like it better!

Juju: Haha, but other people really liked it, so maybe you might like it!

Tina: Yeah... it was fluffier than I expected..

Helen: Absolutely! I agree. I love that we all have different opinions or different things we appreciate etc!

Nana: Well, we all have different opinions on things and that's probably a good thing, lol!

Zibilee said...

I have heard that this book has incredible world-building, which is something that I have really grown to love, though I am taking your reactions to heart on this one. I do have this book, and am looking forward to it, it is just that I am not sure when I will get the chance to read it!! Great and honest review, Jenny!

Trisha said...

I was wishy-washy on this one. I liked it, but I didn't fall in love with it in quite the way others did. I could take it or leave it.

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