Author: Ally Condie
Genre Themes: Romance, Science-Fiction, Dystopian
Date Published: Nov. 30, 2010
Cover Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 366
Synopsis: 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 Dander. 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.
I had heard some mixed reviews on this book, so I wasn’t sure about it. Nevertheless, when I saw it on one of the library book shelves, I decided to pick it up.
I’ve never read Ally Condie before, but I love the way she writes. Matched is in first-person perspective, which I prefer, and it’s very fast-paced. I plan to read more of her books in the future.
The entire book had a very The Giver feeling to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was one of Ally Condie’s favorite books.
Despite that, it’s very original. There wasn’t anything that seemed to be copied from The Giver, which I liked.
When you first read the synopsis, you think of some sort of a love story, with a love triangle and a girl falling head-over-heels for one (or two) guys.
There is actually a lot more going on with Cassia. Family, friends, and finding her place also compete for your attention without becoming overwhelming. I really like her as a character and found her very relatable and realistic.
There actually isn’t a love triangle. Not really, anyway. Cassia knows who she wants, and she doesn’t pretend or fool herself into thinking she’s in love with someone else; which is new to me for a love triangle. I liked the take on it. Instead, she’s worried about loosing her best friend, which I find totally realistic.
The next two books – Reached & Crossed – are already on my Summer TBR, and I hope to get to them soon.