Matched by Ally Condie
Published by Speak on September 20th 2011
Series: Matched #1
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 366 pages Source: Amazon
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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 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.
See, the problem with Matched is that it has such a fabulous cover. The plot felt recycled and the world was The Giver meets The Hunger Games meets a thousand other dystopias I’ve read, with the uniqueness being almost only in the pills the characters carry, and even that had an edge of The Matrix.
I didn’t like the book. I didn’t like the love triangle. And furthermore, I’m frustrated because at the very end… about 30 pages left… I started to care a little about what happened. Because even though Cassia and Ky and Xander were such frustrating characters, I kind of actually cared about what happened to her parents. And just a little, I wanted to see what the world was like outside of her world.
So yes, I think I will read the next book, but maybe not the third. Unless it starts to feel less cliche.