Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie Review

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Surprise! In honor of National Book Lover's Day, I bring you a book review. I should have planned this better, but you know how life is. Today's review is on three books, The Matched Trilogy.

I read this series thanks to my local library and I decided instead of reviewing each book, I would review them all together because you do need to read them all to get the story.  My reviews are spoiler free. Should I reveal something I feel is a little too much, I will warn you before I say it.

I give reviews based on these five things:
1. Story World
2. Plot
3. Character
4. Language
5. Romance

Goodreads description for book one:
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.

The first book starts off with the protagonist Cassia heading to her Match Banquet. She lives in a society, which is called Society, that decided everything for you, even who you love. She is about to find out who her match is. As per the description, she finds out it is her best friend, Xander. 

All is well until she begins to discover things. 

Now, I thought the first half of the book was kind of boring, but the book was clean and the plot behind it all was kind of interesting. I'm not typically drawn to romance novels, so it was just boring at first. But the second half kept my attention. It was awesome and I wanted to read more. At the next trip to the library, I got the other two books and was ready to continue the adventure. 
This book was only in Cassia's point of view.

Goodreads description for book two:

The Society chooses everything. 

The books you read. 
The music you listen to. 
The person you love. 

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him. 

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

I didn't find the second book as good as the first. It was about Cassia and Ky trying to find each other. It introduced new characters as well as keeping the old ones. I can't say too much or it would give away everything about book one. Also, some characters swear in this book, but the word really isn't that bad. Its not a big deal and it barely happens. This book was told in Cassia's and Ky's point of view.

Goodreads description for book three:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

The final installment had suspense, but it still just wasn't as good as the first book. More new characters, old characters, loss, and pain all contributed to this book. It was okay, but I think the first book was the best. Again, some characters swear in this book with the same word as the second book, but not over the top. Its scarce in the book. This book was told in Cassia's, Ky's, and Xander's perspective. 

Overall opinion:

1. Story World:

The story world is pretty cool. A corrupt government that is equivalent to socialism. Everything had to be fair and balanced, so the people living in the government didn't grasp that life isn't fair. It hindered people. There was censorship of music, books, poetry, art, and more. Honestly, the world is the typical dystopian, but still unique and amazing. 

2. Plot:

So, even though its supposed to be like a love triangle, at times it feels like a love square or even and love pentagon. (Bet you've never read one of those before.) I'm not one for love triangles unless they are really necessary and add to the plot. That kind of was the plot. It was okay and at times, I didn't know who I was rooting for. It definitely confused my emotions at times. That is a good thing, as a reader. We want the suspense.

3. Characters:

At first, Cassia seems dumb. She goes along with Society as that is her life. She likes her life. But as she learns, you see her grow into someone who's been changed. Ky is mysterious and definitely introverted at times, but he cared. Xander is the kind of person who's there for you no matter what. It was his character. 

Other characters made an appearance in only the first book while getting a mention in the others. 

4. Language:

Only one swear word was used in book two and three. It was used a few times, but not excessive. Honestly, it was hardly noticeable. (Think of what a beaver builds and add an 'n' to the end.)

The language was pretty much clean. I appreciated that a lot. 

5. Romance:

It was a book based on love, so obviously, there was romance. It was also clean. There was kissing, but not descriptive to the point of discomfort, unlike some books. It was clean as well. Nothing bad in that department. 

Overall, the books were good. I would probably only read the first one again, though. I enjoyed that one a lot.

I would give this series an average of ⭐⭐⭐. 

Book One: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book Two: ⭐⭐⭐
Book Three: ⭐⭐⭐

So that's my review of Ally Condie's Matched Trilogy.
Have you read it yet? Are you going to?
Let me know in the comments below what you think

As always, God bless y'all. 😁

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30 comments:

  1. My friend loves these books, but I've been hesitant to read them because she also love Twilight, which I can't stand.. But they do sound good, and I've seen them at my library, I might check them out, thanks!

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    1. Lol, always be hesitant of the Twilight fans. (Just kidding.) But seriously, I've never read Twilight. Wasn't my thing.
      These books were great. I loved the first one. I really do recommend. Like I said, there is one bad word used in books two and three and its used a few times, but in ways were it was kind of understandable and it wasn't overdone.

      Let me know if you check them out. :D

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    2. Yep! Especially since she is more of the ditzy fan girl (I love her, but it's true), so I don't necessarily trust her judgment on books half of the time! XD

      I think I'll read these, school starts soon, so public schoolers will stop stealing all the books from my library!!!

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    3. Lol! Pesky public schoolers. :)

      I never understood Twilight. I mean, I think the story of the author (from what I've heard) is interesting. She just wrote some books and was successful, which is nice. I just ... vampires aren't really my thing and the whole plot seems kind of weird to me. But, everyone has a preference. :D

      Some people started school this past week. My siblings go back in September, I think. Probably after Labor Day.

      My library was redone and its complicated in the YA section, not to mention the fact that I have a hard time researching and looking for good books. I was happy to find these. They weren't the best books, but they weren't the worst and they held my interest long enough.

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  2. Hmm... good review. Honestly I don't think these would be worth my time. I cannot stand pointless love triangles. And heptagons or whatever are worse. And three stars from you? I don't want to put in an effort just to say, 'meh' later.

    Twilight. *sigh* honestly I enjoyed it while I skimmed it (I basically skimmed entire book one in the store so I know well enough xD). Buuuut, there's always the thing that it wasn't particularly ... uh... did it teach any great values? Not really. Nice interaction and all that and the Cullens are a favorite fictional family of mine, but it is so romantic... you know what? Edward and Bella are in my head the Romeo and Juliet of the YA I've read. (It probably stems from the fact that the first ever time I cracked open a Twilight book it was New Moon and they were watching Romeo and Juliet movie together xD)

    Question: in you section on language, you pretty much give away the word used so why don't you type it in just as it is? To me it makes no difference, but I'd be interested to hear your opinion.

    Also, I think the covers are really dull. And the titles too.

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    1. I understand. The love triangle was pointless, but the other elements were nice.

      As for why I didn't type the word, I don't use those words in my personal or online life. I didn't want to leave anyone in the dark on what the word was. Some might hold it as a very bad word while I think it isn't the worst. I didn't want to outright say it because I don't like the idea of having bad words. I thought about saying it had the d-word, but there are quite a few other d-words.

      I completely understand your opinion, though.

      Yeah, the covers weren't great, but they are actually really symbolic to the book. If you do change your mind and read them, you'll see. I do prefer more suspense in titles as well.

      Thank you for commenting! :D

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    2. I see. I understand you :)

      Yes it's just my opinion, and I see some others don't agree. Maybe someday :D

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    3. Lol, yes. Thank you for understanding. I would just rather not have swear words show up on my blog. :)

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  3. These books look very interesting.... (OH MAN THE COVERS ARE SO COOL)
    I'm going to have to read them! XD
    In your opinion, what do you think the best age range for readers would be?????

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    1. Um, I'd say maybe 15-whenever. I mean, 14 might be safe, but I'd be hesitant. There wasn't smut or anything bad, but just out of precaution.

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    2. Oh, okay! Thank you! XD

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  4. Hmm, these sound interesting. They kind of remind me of what I'm writing in a way, but I dunno if I'd like to read them. I think it's interesting that they choose basically everything you do. And get to choose when you die...*jerks*

    With the language section that you wrote, you made me laugh. I like how you let us know what kind of word it was and hinted around, but you didn't actually write the word. That's smart.

    The covers make me want to check them out, but right now, I'm sticking to Christian books. I want to build my faith instead of reading books that show you all the character's problems and then the solution, but that solution isn't God. It kind of puts a damper on things. I'm not saying that books that aren't Christian based are bad, but there are times for everything. I guess I just don't want to get depressed again. I want to spend my time doing things that will build me up, and then I'll go and read the other books with discernment.
    Thanks for the post, and God bless! <3

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! I totally understand where you're coming from. I did something similar where I tried to focus on God more. There definitely isn't faith in this book. Not faith in God, anyway. There is a different faith. (Not religion. Just faith in people, I guess.)

      But, if you're ever looking for a pretty clean read, then this is good.

      God bless you, too! <3

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    2. You're welcome. :)
      It's hard to focus on God when you read books that have nothing to do with faith in God or him being our Judge. It gives you a war of what to think of. Between God or the world. I'm finding out that the more you dwell on a certain thing, the more you think about it throughout your life. If you only think of the world and your thoughts are always about this place, then how can you think of God. This world is sinful. If you think of sin all the time and focus on what this place gives, how can you think of God? God doesn't hang with lust and sin. He wants us to think about him, not this temporary place. The more we think and dwell on the righteousness of God, the more we'll grow closer to him. Then we automatically say no to this world and follow God. It'll be easy because we're already walking with him.
      I'm sorry for rambling. I guess I'm just trying to say that as of right now I'm trying to dwell on God and not this world. Then, I'll be walking with him and all the distractions will be easier to dismiss. (I hope I'm making sense. lol)

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    3. You're making sense. I always notice myself somehow applying Biblical things to books and t.v, making connections when I can. Dwelling on God is a good thing. :D

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    4. That's good. :)
      Me too! It's like I can't stop thinking about God even if I tried (not that I'd ever try to NOT think about him). It's so cool.
      Movies and books really get me thinking. I apply God to my writing. I have to share his love in the best way I can. If it's through books, then I'll share him through books. If it's just loving people, then so be it. Once you really get to know him, not just knowing about him, but really knowing him and having a relationship with him, it's like you can't contain the joy you found. He's so real like he's never been. I love it. ;)

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  5. Like the reviews! These books sound somewhat interesting :) I was actually going to do reviews of two books for my next post...which I will post hopefully tonight.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Can't wait! I like book reviews. These books were pretty good, honestly. The first was the best, but the others are all part of it. They weren't bad. Definitely can help with inspiration if you're writing dystopian.

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    1. Welcome to my blog!
      Yeah, the books were pretty good. I mean, I've seen worse and I've seen better. But overall, I think the plot was pretty good. :)

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  7. Hmm this seems like an interesting series...but eh I usually ABHOR love triangles and the such.

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    1. Yeah, I do too. Honestly, it was kind of annoying, but it did add something to the book. I'm not really into love triangles, either, especially the way this was done. But, overall, the book was more than just the love triangle.

      <3 <3

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    2. Well the review definitely made it worth checking out :) And the covers are so intriguing, so it merits a chance. ;) I'll check it out if it's in my library and you do a good job with reviews btw!

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    3. Thank you! You're so sweet. :)
      The covers are symbolic to what the character goes through. Let me know if you end up reading it and what you think. :D

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  8. I'm not really into much romance - but the covers are spectacular. And great way for letting us know what bad word was used ;) Brilliant ;d

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    1. Thank you! I'm not much into romance, either. I prefer if it compliments a story when the story is more about other events. But when a book is directly about romance, I usually don't like it. This was okay, though the romance was mostly the point, it still has some great aspects with setting and plot.
      :)

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  9. I've heard of this trilogy before, I'd love to read it as I love dystopian fiction! These books sound really good :) And nice review!

    Indigo
    indigoskysblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. @Indigo, thank you! For some odd reason, blogger won't let me reply right now to anything. Thanks for commenting and checking out my blog. Welcome!
    Have a blessed day! *hands you some cookies.*

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    1. *gasp* You get free cookies on this blog? I'm definitely visiting again. XD And I'd love it if you could check out my blog! *looks hopeful* :)

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    2. Sure, I'll go look at it. 😁

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