Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Matched (Condie)

Ally Condie 
369 p. 
ISBN-13: 9780525423645
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: November 2010

Genre: Dystopian romance

Overall Rating: Recommended

Give it to: middle and high school boys and girls

Summary: 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 he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

What I liked: This book had everything going for it for me to love it. Great trailer, beautiful cover, interesting summary, lots of great reviews from students and teachers, AND it's a dystopia, which is my favorite. I had my eye on it long before the publication release date and was really excited to sink my teeth in. My students have been very excited about it; many have raved about it and are anxiously awaiting the sequel.

What I didn't like: I just wasn't "feeling" this one. The relationship between Ky and Cassia was unconvincing; to me, it would have been more realistic had she chosen Xander. The characters are boring, the romances lukewarm, and the society very been-there-done-that. There was very little action, no "raging" at all, just a lot of thinking and talking. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it just never did. 

  • Language: mild
  • Sexuality: mild; some kissing
  • Violence: mild

Status in my library: We have 5 copies and will be getting more once it is in paperback. It's on the 2011-2012 Lone Star reading list, and my kids have been reading it for months as a result. Most students who read it rave about it. It is always checked out or on hold.