Friday, 16 May 2014

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
Series: Matched
Release Date: November 30th 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Amazon Book Depository

Goodreads 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 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

Is falling in love with someone’s story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?
This is the only decent thing in this book.

Entertainment weekly described this book to be “the hottest YA title to hit the bookstores since The Hunger Games” is it though?! IS IT?!

I think you need to go and rethink your life choices if you think this was anything close to being as good as THG. This book was a complete snooze fest and I haven’t been this bored with a book in about a year now; so you can guess my big disappointment!

This book is readable yes but I would rather stick hot needles through my eyes than sit through another 360 odd pages of this story.

I’m not going to lie. The idea behind it is fantastic. But the book. Ew no.

Cassia lives in a world where the society controls everything. Where you work, who you get married to, how many children you have, ect. Therefore on their 17th birthday’s (why 17? What’s so special about that) all the teenagers go to the Match Banquet dressed in their pretty clothes and await their perfect match to be shown on a screen. The couple later on then get aquatinted, get married and have kids. But when Cassia is matched with her childhood bestfriend Xander her life couldn’t be any better. She already knows her match and they can speed along their getting to know each other and she won’t have to move away from her family. But once Cassia returns home and watches her Banquet a different face flashes before her eyes; Ky, another guy she already knows. Isn’t Cassia just the luckiest! This is where the boring and predictable and very annoying part of the story begins. A love triangle. Obviously.

I don’t understand the hype for this book at all! Yes I’m late with reading this book and I’m glad I am. Actually no I wish I never read this tragedy. Ally’s writing is decent enough for me not to throw the book out of my window but the rest? Dull. There’s no passion in her writing, no urgency, no real desire to make this world come into life. It’s as if Ally was bored of her own dull work and couldn’t be bothered to make this book at all interesting. The relationships between the characters were dull, the society that she created was dull, the conflict if there ever was any was dull and not to mention the dull conversations between the characters. Actually no. The conversations were ugly. They were hard to read.

 “Once you want something, everything changes.” Erm no. Let me just burn the page this quote was on.

“Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?How about anywhere but near me.

Do not go gentle. I can’t remember where this is from but is this a sexual innuendo I smell here? Nope. There was nothing in this book that was remotely fun or funny or at all interesting!

I looked up some of these quotes just to show the kind of nonsense that’s in this book and it made me hate it even more. I forgot some of the stupid stuff that’s in here. And the stupid, stupid love triangle! This made me so mad!!! Cassia is matched with Xander and that pretty much means she will eventually marry him and she knows this. She agrees with the society but then goes off and has a relationship with Ky while poor cute little Xander has no idea. THAT’S CALLED CHEATING YOU SLUT.

“I came up on the screen, too, Cassia. But he was the one you chose to see.”

And look at him. He’s heartbroken because not only did Cassia chose to run away with Ky she also ruined Xander’s life. Bitch.


  1. OMG your review is AWESOME. I admit that I contemplated in reading this series but for some reason I never really got that proper push to actually pick it up. Now that I've read you review, I am going to stay far away from this. I don't mind love triangles if they are done really well but I don't think this one is a good example. I feel like this will be a wallbanger for me to since I detest cheating and the main character feels like a selfish biatch! Awesome review, Paulina. You kept me from an absolute headache ;)

  2. Awesome!
    I started this a year ago and after the banquet i put it down and never pick it up again. what i remember from it was the dull narrating of the MC. So, yeah, you are spot on with this review!
    Boyanna @The Bookmaidens

  3. Thanks! It just bored me to death! I'm glad you feel the same way :D

  4. Yayaya! Thanks for liking my review you don't know how happy this makes me! Ah she is. The love triangle is terrible! I used to love them but after this book I cannot stand them. You are very welcome that I kept you away from this book :D

  5. I'm glad you read this before you brought all the books. It's a readable book but it makes my blood boil! I hope you'll like it at least a little bit more than me!

  6. Paulina I had some of the same issues that you did with this book. I really struggled my way through, but did decide that I wouldn't be reading the rest of the series after this :/


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