Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: "Matched" by Ally Condie

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

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.




My Take:

Matched is a breath of fresh air. I loved the premise, I loved the characters and I can't wait to see what happens next.

As you read in the blurb, Cassia has chosen to be "Matched" (there is also a "Single" option) and surprisingly is matched to her BFF Xander, the typical YA-in-the-friend-zone-boy-next-door-type. After a glitch in the system (or is it...) she catches a glimpse of YA-loner-hottie-mysterious-type, Ky and her once-planned and "perfect" future is thrown for a loop.



She may go to prom with you one day, but you're still in the friend zone, bud. Let's just call you Jacob, Puck, Simon, Ducky, Alcide, Gale, or Xander (from Buffy...hmmm coincidence?)


I felt that Matched portayed a future that I could believe and one that didn't create more questions than it answered. The obvious parallel between The Society and Nazi Germany is a realistic and scary one that kept the novel moving at a quick pace. Any "infraction" could cost a citizen their possessions, freedom or their lives.

My only criticism of Matched would be that the character of Xander could have been fleshed out more. Once Ky comes into the picture we really don't see much of Xander, however, I'm hoping we'll see more of him in the sequel and really get this love triangle moving along.

Overall, Matched was an excellent ride and I can't wait to see where the sequel Crossed will take us.

Final Verdict:

1 comment:

  1. I bought this book as soon as it came out...and I have not read it yet.I need to read this one soon!

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