Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Publication Date: 11.30.10
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.
I totally lucked out this week, and happened to read two fantastic books in a row! It isn't often that I find two books in the same week that go straight to my favorites list. And, boy, is Matched going on that list! My only regret is that I didn't make more of an effort to finish it before the Breathless Reads tour, so that I could squeal my excitement about the book to Ally Condie, in person. It was such a missed opportunity.
I read the first chapter before the tour, and then set it down until last night; not because I didn't like it, but because I have been crazy busy, and then THE French Kiss came along (you know which one I'm talking about, don't you?), and I didn't think Matched would stand up next to Anna's fame.
But it did. It really did.
I think what I really liked about Matched, is that it had depth. The further I got into the story, the more I realized that something important was happening, and that I got to witness it. This story has a message, and it gets more complex as it moves along. It is first shown with the rebellious words of a poem: do not go gentle.
We are shown a society that is very controlled, that has studied and knows how to control every element of its population so well, that it can predict the outcome of almost every situation, even down to the specific actions people will take under different circumstances. But even when you think you have all the numbers down, people can still surprise you. And the society does not like surprises.
All this is wrapped in the packaging of a sweet love story, one that is forbidden. One that will have you confused and intrigued, and just dying to see how they end up together, because there is no way that they possibly can; not under the Society's watchful eye.
And that's another thing that I really liked about Matched: the relationships. From Cassia's (the protagonist) relationship with her grandfather and parents, to her relationships with her younger brother and best friends, I could feel how important they each were to her as she interacted with them. She cared about them, and they cared about her. There was an importance to these relationships, even if they weren't perfect. It was so refreshing to see. There were also some surprising twists in Matched, that made me humble as a reader; made me remember that I cannot always predict what is going to happen. I loved that.
Suffice it to say, that I have become emotionally involved with this book. Yep, I'm in it 'till the end. The poem has become a favorite, the book has become a favorite, and when the next book comes, you can be sure that I will not go gentle. Look it up.
Inability to release hold of book, inability to function, loss of sleep, and sudden urges to cry in frustration.
Read this if:
...you're in search of a love story that runs deep, you chafe at having limits set on your freedom, and you know how to keep a secret or two.
No content warning for Matched! It's a clean read. :)