Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Matched

Title - Matched
Author - Ally Condie
Series - Matched #1
Genre - YA Dystopia
Format - Hardcover
Published - November 2010


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.


Cassia has always followed the rules of the Society. It’s at her Matching ceremony where Cassia’s life is changed forever when her best friend Xander’s is revealed to be her Match. While this should be a happy time Cassia is haunted by the flash of another boy’s face when she uses the card. The Society explains the reason she saw Ky as a rare glitch and nothing more and that the boy will never be matched because he’s an Aberration. Cassia can’t deny the fact that she’s drawn to Ky he’s unlike Xander in many ways he also has a secret like her.

As Cassia takes her tests for her final job placement she starts to question everything she’s be taught.  When the officials gather all the artifacts from the people it spurs Cassia to know Ky more. While they each continue to play the part they are expected to they each share in writing words that aren’t permitted to exist. As they grow closer Cassia will be put the test torn between love and following the rules. Will they survive what’s to come? And why are the officials acting so strange?

I like Cassia she’s an interesting characters. I’m torn between both Xander and Ky they each have something to offer Cassia but choosing the right one won’t be easy. I like that Cassia grows through the book from the girl that follows the rules to a rule breaker. I’m curious to see what the future will hold for the trio.

I’ve have Matched on my TBR list for a few years but I’ve never gotten around to it yet. I was only a few pages in when the book captured my attention it was hard to put down. I was captivated by the concept for the Society it’s the dystopian idea that I love with a unique perspective. I think the idea of using a sorting system to match is interesting it’s an interesting idea. I found the book well written it flows from start to finish creating a book I had a hard time putting down. With engaging characters that I was able to connect with feeling their emotional roller coaster as the book progressed. I really enjoyed the book it’s my favorite genre and I can't seem to get enough. I’m dying to know what’s going to happen to Cassia. It's a clean story so teens as well as adults will enjoy the series. However I don't think I could live in the Society where they only have 100 poems or songs. I would go nuts. I’ve already purchased the next book in the series. 
4 out of 5 stars

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