Book Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie - Paperback Cover

Matched by Ally Condie – Paperback, 366 pages – Published June 2nd 2011 by Penguin

Do not go gentle into that good night

I was not sure what to expect from this book. A story of love? A story of finding freedom? A story of loss and desires? In the end, it turned out to be all of these things, and more.

Cassia’s Match Banquet is extraordinary; it is extremely rare for it to turn out the way hers did. And she’s happy. She’s really, truly happy.

But then something happens. Something even more unusual, something that sends Cassia’s world tumbling. She could choose to ignore it, simply dismiss it as a mistake of the Society.

Or she could fight.

The Society rules the lives of everyone – it takes care of their choices, both good and bad. Everyone is used to it; they know it’s for their best interests. They would never dare to think otherwise. But…

What if it isn’t for their best interests?

Matched reminds me very much of the Divergent trilogy, in the way that the Society is so much in control of everything. Freedom is something nobody ever even thought to fight for, until Cassia is faced with a terrible and rare decision. This is a book about love, but it also about fighting for what is right, and making choices in a world where there is none. 4 stars out of 5 for this piece of work by Ally Condie.




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