Matched (Matched #1)


Author: Ally Condle
Published: November 30, 2010
Pages: 369

Stars: 3 out of 5


In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.


This story is a mix between George Orwell’s 1984 and the Giver. It’s a story about idealism from a young girl that turns into a drive to fight/rebel. I have always been a fan of the poem- Do not go gentile into that good night. I liked how this poem was a driving force for the main character. What brought this story down for me was the romance. I felt like it was ridiculous and was to much of an adolescent make believe love story. I think if the author would have focused more on the big brother aspect, the story would have flowed smoother. The relationship seemed forced instead of letting it develop naturally.

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