Title: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Genre: YA Fiction (Futuristic)
Goodreads Book Summary:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Rating: 4 Stars
So it wasn’t exactly the same as Hunger Games or Delirium…etc. type of books, but there are a lot of similarities. The world society is utopian, although somehow it reads very similar to dystopian books. There is a parallel there. This futuristic utopian society, in which everyone’s basic needs are cared for, is also one in which your basic rights are taken away. Cassia is a teenage girl at the brink of adulthood and she has to make a choice between doing what is expected and breaking the cycle. This is the same as a lot of books. And unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot distinguishing it…not a lot in the book making it super unique. Therefore, the book doesn’t stand out.
I love Ally Condie’s writing style. It’s lyrical, evenly paced, and enjoyable. The book moved at a good pace and I loved watching Ky and Cassia fall for each other in their stolen moments. Xander was a great constant character for book one. He was the one Cassia could always fall back on, her childhood friend. And it seems that he is an open book and not hiding a thing. His character is easy to understand, and he doesn’t seem to question anything. On the other hand, Ky was a very interesting character for me, and one of the main reasons I wanted to keep reading the series was to find out more about him. I enjoyed Cassia’s personality, I never found her annoying. She goes through the same-old growth from point A to point B that many main characters in YA fiction do, but I liked reading it and watching it unfold. It’s not like this book is something grand, or something mind bending. It won’t change society, or solve world peace. It is meant for entertainment, and I was thoroughly entertained by it.
I definitely recommend this book for people who love the writing style of Maggie Stiefvater. I read a lot of bad reviews of this book, and I would just tell you that if this book sounds interesting to you, read it. The pace isn’t furious, but it isn’t slow. It is well-written, and the world is well-developed. I gave it 4 stars, but I’m telling you it did not disappoint me at all and I definitely want to own this series.
I’d be lying if the cover isn’t what made me come back to this book time and time again. The release of Matched coincided with me purchasing a Nook, and the ebook was a couple bucks more than all the other books on my to-read list, so I kept putting it off. The ratings were also just a tad lower. But this cover is pretty, and symbolic, and clean and simple. Finally, I gave the book a try, and I’m very glad I did.
Disney won the movie rights for Matched, which could be interesting if it amounts to anything. Go here to see the official book trailer. Go here to see an unofficial, fan-made trailer made of a bunch of clips from random movies and shows that actually works out pretty well. (Just goes to show that music can make anything awesome)