Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication date: November 30th 2010
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction
Cover rating: 5/5
Overall rating: 4/5
Description via Goodreads:
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 dare to follow.My thoughts:
Dystopian books appear to be the 'thing' in YA literature at the moment but I haven't really read many to compare Matched with. A lot of people are saying it's a rip off of multiple books but I can't comment on that right now. I did enjoy the book, though. It was very easy to read and get lost in, and I read 3/4 of it in one sitting. I liked the world it was set in and found it fascinating to learn how everything worked. I didn't, however, connect with the characters all that well. I found Cassia a bit annoying and silly and couldn't see the appeal of Ky at all. Xander, on the other hand, I did enjoy and I was disappointed that he didn't get much of a look in. It's all Ky Ky Ky and I really wasn't that intrigued. The book was good over all and kept me entertained but I didn't like the direction it headed towards the end. I suppose I'll just have to wait and see how the sequel is.