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March Read of the Month Review

I finished Matched this morning and I have to say it is a very good read.  I provided a brief introduction to the book earlier in the month.  The protagonist, Cassia, is amazingly strong.  It is great to see another strong female protagonist in literature.  Actually she has a lot of similarities to Katniss from The Hunger Games.  There is not as much of a physical challenge for Cassia (sorry, no fights to the death in Matched) yet she does have to deal with a number of issues throughout the novel.

Matched is very much an up-to-date (and much better) version of The Giver with a love story thrown in as well.  I am not usually a huge fan of love stories, but I did enjoy Cassia's plight of being torn between her "selected" mate and the love she lusts for (that was also a "selected mate").  I almost hate to reference The Giver, but it helps give a little background information to the plot and setting.  Cassia lusts for love and learning.  Her family is amazing and helps shape her into an strong, intelligent young woman.

While it took a while for me to write a review, it was a quick read.  If I had the time I would have probably finished the novel in a few days.  I really did not want to put the book down.  Some may be upset with the ending, as everything is not really resolved.  A sequel, Crossed, is set for release on November 1st, 2011(a good reason as to why everything is not resolved).  Pick it up, I think you will like it, especially if you enjoyed The Hunger Games.

Bonus shout out to author Ally Condie, a former high school English teacher that went on to "hit it big" as a writer.  Good for her....and yes I'm jealous. 


  1. Just finished the book based on your review. I really liked it but hate to have to wait for the second book. I found it great for those that loved Twilight but are interested in going into something a little deeper.

  2. Glad to hear you liked it. It seems like more and more books are now series based (The Harry Potter/Twilight effect). I never read any of the Twilight series, but I speak with others that say this book involves a little more "depth". I know I will be reading the sequel.


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