Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Page Count: 369 pages
Series: Matched #1
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.
What I thought:
Imagine living a life where all of your decisions are made for you, from what you eat to where you work to who you love. There are no mistakes, no accidents; as long as you follow the Society's rules, you'll live a long, productive life. At least that's what Cassia believes until her Match Ceremony when she finds out that the boy she is destined to marry, Xander, is not the boy whose face flashes past on her dossier - the mysterious Ky. As Cassia explores her feelings, she delves deeper into the warped structure of the Society, learning with each passing day that her life of privilege comes at a cost.
Matched was okay. It feelt like lacking on spirits and slow starting. The main character, Cassia ,seemed so boring and a weak protagonist. She doesn't question the Society and the government until there was this malfunction. If Ky never showed up, Cassia would've been married to Xander.
What I think that really bothered me was the type of writing style Ally Condie uses and the characters. I mean its a good book and all but it was all too poetic. Like the way she describes things. Again, the characters really bothered me. I got bored out of it in some places through the book.
The good thing about this was the ending. I did not expect that to happen and I liked how it slowly intertwines you to read the next book. Well mostly because it was a cliff-hanger.
I really wanted to love this. I really did but this was a little disappointment. I like it but not love it. I would recommend this to someone who loves romance but people who don't really care about dystopian novels. I felt like the dystopia part of the novel was just to describe the time, place, and the Society.