MATCHED by Ally Condie Discussion and Spoilers

I decided to read MATCHED by Ally Condie after the great review by Kristen and hearing so many good things about it. And I am so glad I did because I absolutely loved it.

This is definitely one of my favorite books this year and I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. But until then, I thought I would put together a fun little discussion to find out what you thought of the book.

[SPOILER Warning: For those who haven’t read the book yet, please be aware that this post will contain spoilers from the book including the ending. If you do not want to be spoiled I would suggest reading our review or the book or just reading the book itself and come back after to share your thoughts.]

I thought I would break this discussion into a few main sections that

To Be Matched Or Not To Be Matched

One of the most interesting thing I found in Matched, was the actual act of matching. While at first I thought how horrible it was you would get paired up with some random person based on what a computer think is your best match, the book actually made me think about the process in a whole different light. Why? Well, because the matching seems to be pretty damn accurate!

Technically Cassia gets matched with Ky, which we find out is really her match. But because Ky is an Aberration, Cassia is then matched with the second best person, Xander. Once again, an accurate pick.

And so this begs the question, if you had a choice would you get matched? Now, to make things harder for you, let’s say that the matching system is pretty accurate (like in the book). Would you want to be matched with someone you’re pretty much guaranteed to be totally in sync with, or would you rather take your chance and just go out there, have different experiences and whatever happens, happens?

I’ll admit, I always thought I would pick the latter, but now I’m not so sure. Of course, I think it’s good to have different experiences to really appreciate the good stuff, but I might eventually want to get matched, especially if I was unable to find the right person for me.

But that’s me, I curious as to how you thought about this whole matched situation.

Team Xander or Team Ky

So it seems that there is a trend now to always have some sort of love triangle and I won’t lie, I’m loving this trend. And so I have to ask, are you Team Xander or are you Team Ky?

I personally am Team Ky all the way, but I didn’t want to assume there wasn’t any Team Xander out there. And so if you are on Team Xander, I am curious to know why you think Cassia should have chosen him.

A Society Too Perfect?…

Matched also made me wonder if there was such a thing as a society too perfect? Because the society in Matched had a good idea, unfortunately they just took it too far. By trying to make things too perfect they took too much away from people and started their own demise.

So I ask you, do you think the society in Matched too perfect? Would you like to live in such a society?

Personally, I wouldn’t want to live in that society, however I do see some positive aspects to it.

“Do Not Go Gentle”

Any final thoughts on the book? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Are you looking forward to the next book, Crossed?

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  • Amy Mckie

    The matching is a bit like arranged marriages really, just with better odds that it would work. Or like online dating. It makes me think of the sites that say to enter all your information and they will match you with the perfect mate – if people are willing to do that, well, that is giving up the control to someone else to make the decision just like the society did. That actually makes me kind of nervous that we are already so close to something like that!!

    I really loved the book and do think that the society definitely went to far. It’s a scary thought. Sometimes choice is a good thing and we certainly have to remember that.

    • Sandie

      Good point, it is sort of like an arranged marriage, although it’s definitely better. If I had a choice between arranged or matched, I would rather be matched. :)

      And I didn’t even make the connection with online dating, haha! That is hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Sandie – great discussion! I loved Matched and I’m glad you liked it too. To answer your questions:

    Matching – It’s true that the Matching process worked out pretty well for Cassia. But the thought of being Matched to a total stranger is scary to me. I don’t think I could go through with that!

    For me, the romance in the book felt a little lackluster. However, between the two boys, I’m definitely on Team Ky. Xander seemed to be there as the safe choice–if Cassia decided she didn’t want to rebel against the Society.

    The Society – I thought the Society was sooooo interesting. Although they took away everyone’s personal freedoms, a lot of what they did made sense logically. I can almost see a government regulating nutrition to the point where they decide what you eat. Shudder. Like Amy said, it’s a scary thought!

    • Sandie

      Thanks Kristen!

      But not knowing the person is what adds to the excitement, haha :) Yeah, I probably agree with you, it is kind of scary.

      I think what scared me the most though, was that a lot of what the society did made some sort of sense to me. Like you mentioned, regulating nutrition to keep you healthy, it makes sense and is on a certain level a positive thing, but at the same time, I would hate it if I wasn’t able to eat ice cream when I wanted to, haha.

      I really can’t wait to find out what happens next!

  • Ezy

    amzing veiws but her name is Cassia not Cassie

    • Sandie

      Yikes! You’re absolutely right. I even thought Cassia was a beautiful name as a was reading the book. It’s been fixed. *lowers head in shame*

  • www Evilbunn14

    TEAM XANDER!!!!!!!!

  • Computernerdfanfreak

    I’m totally Team Xander. He just seemed so perfect for her. On the other hand, Ky was just a little… unusual. Well at least to me he was. Personally I wouldn’t want to be matched with him. And Xander already knew so much about Cassia, it wouldn’t be a adventure for them to be matched but it would be good for the relationship.