Title: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Synopsis: 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 Review: I started this book thinking it was about a love triangle. It even starts off feeling that way. With most of the love triangle books I have read, I tend to have a favorite; To want one relationship to work out more than the other. In Matched, as I read I was interested and intrigued but as far as the love triangle goes I felt as if I was riding a wave. I was going with the flow waiting for the pin to drop. For the defining moment that’ll give me a favorite. Contrary to my beliefs the central point of this book is not about a love triangle. Most books that share this theme tend to revolve around who she would choose. However, this “love triangle” is pretty one sided and I realized that this book is about something else entirely.
This book is truly about rebellion. For Cassia it revolves around the Dylan Thomas poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Matched is a novel about Cassia learning what it really means to “not go gentle.” It is about the moment where she decides to do things she wants because she chooses to and not because she is told to them. It is a nice story and I enjoyed seeing Cassia’s character grow. Because that is for certain, Cassia is a very dynamic character.
The book was interesting and I was definitely hooked. However, I really think it could of been better. There are so many dystopians that are similar in themes and scenarios and Matched seems to have a bit of a unique edge. What you unique edge, you ask? The biggest difference I found is how aware Cassia is of the effects of her actions. She is in no way ignorant and it was a nice change to have such a conscious character. Selfish but conscious. I just found that it wasn’t unique enough. It wasn’t different enough to not remind me of all the similarities it shares with today’s dystopians.
Still, it wasn’t a bad book and I am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel.