Book Review of Matched (Matched, Bk 1)

Matched (Matched, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 2

One of my teacher friends told me to read this book, as it is expected to be the next Hunger Games. I am hooked, and I can't wait to read Crossed, the second book in the series. A few of my students have read it as well and enjoyed it too, and I expect that as it gains popularity, it will make a big hit as the Hunger Games did.

Matched is very much like the Hunger Games in many ways. The love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander is very reminiscent of the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. The story of survival in what seems to be an apocalyptic society of the future is a bit less violent for older elementary/young middle school readers than was the Hunger Games. I remain an avid fan of the Hunger Games series, but Matched, though a bit more romantic than the Hunger Games, seems more suited for readers under 13. I anticipate that female readers will grow to like Matched more than boys for that reason too.