Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
My Copy: ePub eBook
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group
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 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’ve been wanting to read this series for a really long time, due to all the hype around it. I’m glad I finally got the chance to start it! It started off good with Matched. This novel is a YA Dystopia about a girl, Cassia, who faces the possibility that everything she’s ever been told about the Society might be wrong. The Society, a type of government that controls and monitors everything and that is supposed to be perfect, might not be as perfect as it seems. They made a mistake of some sort with her Match — a system that tells each individual who they are supposed to marry and be happiest with. But Cassia had two faces pop up on her Match. Which is the right one? She’s not supposed to have a choice; in fact, no one in this Dystopian society is supposed to be able to choose when it comes to big decisions.
The story was good. It was interesting and unique and kept my interest. The world-building was very well done. This Dystopian world was easy to understand and picture. But, I felt like there was more world-building than actual story for about the first half of the book — not too much happened in the first half of the story. I didn’t overly mind though, because I hate when Dystopias don’t have enough world-building. I like to be able to picture this world that I’m reading about.
The characters were pretty good. They weren’t my favourite characters, but they weren’t bad by any means. Cassia is difficult for me to describe. She has strong and weak moments, but I think she will be even stronger in the sequel. She is an honest and kind person, for the most part, when it comes to dealing with the people she loves. She has two love interests (of course, a love triangle). Xander is one love interest. I wish we would have been able to see more of Xander; I feel like we didn’t get to know him as much as I would have liked. But, he seems like a really good character. The other love interest is Ky, whom I loved. Both Xander and Ky care about Cassia and are willing to risk things for her. They are both strong, with their weaknesses being her.
The writing was good. I found everything easy to understand and read, and I was easily captivated. I loved that it was in first person narrative, as that is my favourite to read and it’s been a while since I’ve read a first person narration. So, that was nice. However, I do feel like something was missing from the writing — a certain amount of depth, maybe. Especially with the romance…it was missing that extra something. It’s hard to describe what I mean, but the story didn’t seem to grab me and pull me in as much as some other books have.
I would recommend this book. I feel like this is probably the slower book in the series, though I don’t know for sure yet. I just have the feeling that the other two books will pick up and be more exciting and intense. I thought the ending of Matched was really well done and it got me excited to read the sequel!
A Peek Inside:
I don’t think I’m ready to do this and I
don’t know why. Or rather, I do know why,
but I can’t look at it too closely right now
or it will change everything. Everything.