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.
This weeks read was Matched by Allie Condie. This was recommended to me by lots of people so I thought I would give it a try. To be honest this book was not very good plot wise and did not give me the thrill it had promised in the description. My favorite part of this entire book was the beginning at the actual Matched ceremony, and after that it was a whole lot of talk and no action. I persisted, determined to finish the book but it was a struggle and I found it very confusing towards the end.
The book was a usual love triangle between the best friend and the riskier “new guy”. I feel like unless authors write that in a different way, it’s just the Hunger Games and Twilight over and over again. Cassie, the main character is very relatable which is nice at first but soon becomes so normal it’s boring. We don’t read to see our own lives, we read to escape them and I feel like this book didn’t do that.
Matched has many different layers onto it, it’s sometimes hard to detect what problem we are facing when. “The Society” is the form of government in the book. It presents itself as a Republic saying everyone is equal yet they tell everyone what their job is, who they will marry, when they will die, and so on. They don’t allow their people to learn how to write and to own more than one “artifact” of your own other than what they provide for you is a crime. This entire book is awful in pretty packaging.
Overall I did not enjoy reading this book and would not recommend it to the YA teen audience. I will probably still read the rest of the trilogy (because I can’t start something and not finish it) and I will let you guys know if it gets better for me! Please keep in mind just because I do not like a book doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to your opinions so comment what you think! I give this book:
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<3 Shelby Grace