Author: Ally Condie
Cassia lives in a futuristic society where everything is determined. Officials are determining what people will do, how they will behave, when will they die and who are gonna love. And so, on her seventeen birthday, Cassia gets her Match – someone who is perfect for her and she’s gonna spend her life with him.
Cassia is enraptured because she wouldn’t want to have a better Match. But something unexpected happens while viewing information about him – for a few seconds, some other face appears on the screen. Cassia is in shock because that never happened before and further because she knows who the other boy is. More and more she’s falling in love with him and in the same time she’s starting to discover all the failures and irregularities of the Society. Torn apart between two boys, she’s realizing that she wants to make her own decision who’s she gonna to choose.
I heard for this book before but I was not interested in it. But the other day, I saw it in a library, read a description and it actually sounded interesting and I liked the idea of described dystopian world. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by it because I felt like I already read about it in other dystopian novels. Still it was not bad at all since it’s a society which is easily imaginable. A restricted system where individuals can’t make decisions on their own, about themselves or their lives, because everything is dictated by others – The Officials who are qualified to choose what is best for individuals and for society.
The main characters were nothing special and for me, they were not developed well. They were dull, just like most of the dialogues and I couldn’t really identify with any of them. Cassia is a regular teenager, whose life revolves around Match Banquet and her Match. When her Match become Xander, her best friend, she’s thrilled and relieved.
Surprise follows when she sees another familiar face on a screen. It’s Ky, also her friend but they were never hanging out together. And that was the most disturbing thing in this book for me. She was never interested in Ky before. She barely knew him. But because of a few seconds of his face on a screen, she suddenly loses her mind and she becomes totally obsessed with him. Not only that, she also starts to doubt in the Society and their rules, which was really unbelievable to me. Also later, when they start hanging out more, I haven’t felt any sparks between them or any connection at all. Which made me even sadder and feeling bad for Xander. Despite the fact, we don’t get to know him well, he sounded like a nice guy and he didn’t deserve being rejected in that way.
What has saved the whole story was the ending. I have to warn you all, that this book is terrible slowly and it could be shorter. Nothing much happens, we don’t get much action until the end. However, the ending somehow outweighed that and last few pages were interesting and shocking and stirred my interest again. I will read a sequel, but I really hope it would be better (I need more action! and drama!).
Rating: 3/5 stars
Did you read Matched? What did you think? Did you liked it or not? Are sequels worth of reading (but please, don’t spoil!)?