Coming of Age Works in 2 Directions


The Society makes all the decisions for everyone: job, date of death, what to read, what to watch. Who to love. Cassia Reyes has "come of age" to be Matched. Cassia’s Match turns out to be her best friend, Xander. When she arrives home to view her Match’s port, the screen glitches and a different face appears, a Ky Markham.

Just as she is getting ready for the next chapter, Cassia’s Grampa has also "come of age." According to Society rules, he will die.  Before his death, he leaves Cassia a pair of poems that were never approved by the Society. He told her that it’s alright to wonder. Now Cassia must choose between Ky and Xander and wonder if life is truly worth living under Society’s rules. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Matched is enjoyable to read. I really liked the story concept of a government in complete control. The science fiction aspect was also very interesting, such as how the Society views things as experiments and uses collected data to make decisions. The cover also had a special connection with the story, but I’ll leave that to you to find out!

Although Matched has a good story, it didn't feel very original. It reminded me very much of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Some readers may also find that the story progresses rather slowly. In all truth, the book wasn’t very action-packed.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who liked Lowry's The Giver will find this a similar, enjoyable read.

Content Awareness Factors:

This isn't an action adventure. The plot is built mostly around Cassia's life. The lack of action can make the book seem slow at times. 

Type of Book:
This is the first title in a Dystopian novel for teens.
Educational Themes:

This is a series to read just for fun. Asking teens about life where everything is decided for you could make for great conversation. What SHOULD be decided for a society?...

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, first. The story doesn't have lots of action. That appeals to some readers, but not all.

Title Matched

Matched Trilogy

Author Ally Condie
Publisher Speak, Imprint Penguin Books for Young Readers © 2011
ISBN 9780142419779
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Science Fiction
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