I know I’ve reviewed the first two books in the series, but quite frankly, those reviews were horrible (actually, I really like my Matched review, but my writing style was so completely different back then. My Crossed review is junk, though. Don’t read it.) I just want to make this re-review sweet and to the point. My goal is to convince you to go and read the best YA dystopia out there.
In just the first chapter of Matched there are two things you notice. First is the writing. Right from the start Ally Condie already has a strong voice telling the story. Her writing is poetic and powerful. That’s something I think we don’t see enough of in YA dystopia. There are plenty of well-written books out there, but few are able to tell such a thought-provoking story with as much finesse as Ally Condie.
Second is the Society. Ally Condie’s world-building is top-notch. The way everything works in the Society is too perfect. From the very start you can feel it’s presence, almost like it’s pressing in on you. But it’s not overwhelming. The reader is given just enough information to understand what’s going on while still left thirsting for more. And in Crossed, when the main characters venture outside the Society, they still haven’t left completely. The Society is always there, with more secrets than ever.
One thing I really appreciate about this series is the love triangle, believe it or not. Both Ky and Xander are amazing choices that would be hard for anyone to choose between. And unlike in certain books, the boys aren’t fighting over her; they respect her enough to let her make up her own mind, something she’s never had the chance to do before within the Society.
And as you finish the last pages of each book, you are left waiting with baited breath for the next one. And now, finally, the wait is over.