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.I think my dystopian craze is coming to an end (although I still want to read Across The Universe and Wither). I didn't enjoy Matched as much as I hoped I would have, but I still liked it quite a lot. Oh, and the cover! Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?
Ally Condie's writing is really nice. Her sentences aren't dramatic and choppy, but more flowing and poetic. Her writing reminds me vaguely of Lisa Schroeder's, although Lisa writes in verse and Ally does not. Ally Condie always ties things back to the main idea, and I really liked that.
Her characters, I had issues with. I did not like Cassia. I found her selfish. Also, she was really wishy-washy; she couldn't make her mind up. I think the main reason I didn't like her was because of her infatuation with Ky. I am 100% Team Xander, so for about the majority of the novel, I was angry with Cassia.
My thoughts throughout most of the book: "No! Quit spending time with Ky! Stop it, you selfish girl! Xander loves you! Quit! Stop! UGH."
I did not understand why Cassia liked Ky so much. He was just an alright character
The plot was on the slow side, but I flipped through the pages like crazy anyway. I wanted Cassia to redeem herself; to go back to Xander, and in a way, I guess she does. Ally Condie uses a lot of foreshadowing that I did not catch, so as I read the book, I was pleased by the surprises. The ending was really random though, in my opinion.
I kept thinking that Matched was way too similar to The Giver. The controlled society, Ky giving pieces of his story to Cassia (hello? The Giver gives memories to Jonas), etc. Some dystopians are really unique and fascinating, and I, unfortunately, did not feel that Matched met that criteria.
Case in point, the book was fine, but it did not have that "absolutely amazing" factor.
Ally Condie has created a beautifully written dystopian novel that will really make readers think. This book is worth the read for certain people, although I'm not sure if I'll pick up Crossed.