December 14, 2013

[Review] Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: Nov 30, 2010
Source: YABE, Jasmine @ A Room With Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Kobo

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.

So you wanna know what I thought about Matched? Well, for starters, I was expecting something totally different. I was actually expecting a story that took place in space or something close to it. I wasn't expecting a story based on a futuristic society.

Now I'll tell you, Cassia seems to be a typical girl to me. She isn't one that is never satisfied but she is one that is particular about certain things. She started to question their way of living even though it is the only way she knows how. She loves her family and her grandfather. She even loves her best friend, Xander, her Match. Or she thinks she does. She is torn between what is comfortable and what is new.

Xander to me seems like the normal guy. Loves playing games (not mind games) and is in love with Cassia. He has always loved her and is very pleased when he is Matched with her at the banquet. He's the type that keeps doing things for the one he loves and is really oblivious to what is going on.

Then you have Ky. Mysterious and good looking. Eyes that always seem to adjust to the surroundings and someone that is always trying to be unseen and blend in. An Aberration. Someone that is condemned for the crime that someone else has committed, not being able to enjoy a life he deserves according to The Society.

This story was, to me, a sort of glimpse into the future. Kind of where our society might be heading. A place where they control you, control your exercise, your nutrition, what you wear, how you are classified, where you work and most importantly who you love. And while I loved the aspect of the story I was mainly left confused by a big portion of it. How did they end up having a society running them they way they did? What got them there? Why are they (The Society) hiding so much? What are they really trying to control? All these questions left a bad taste in my mouth by the end of the book. I'm hoping that by the second book, Crossed, they go into more depth of what really is going on.

I can honestly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good dystopian of a futuristic world. This would have been a solid 5 star rating if it weren't for all the questions and confusion about things.


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