Matched

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

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.

Thoughts:

This is another one of those books that I’d heard so much about, both good and bad. As ever, I thought I’d try it to form my own opinion about it. That opinion is that Matched is alright, but it’s definitely not the best dystopian book I’ve read.

In Matched, the society dictates who you marry and what job you do. Your life isn’t really your own. Society has complete control. The idea is good, but not overly original. Ally Condie’s world-building is solid and the writing is easy to read.

Cassia is a good character even though the flitting between two guys started to get a bit annoying. I think it’s because I didn’t find the relationships believable. I actually felt sorry for Xander, the guy she was matched with.

I do think the book has some fantastic moments. The organisation of dying completely stunned me. As if it wasn’t bad enough that the society controlled how you live your life, your death was also organised. I also found it fascinating how individuals couldn’t write because they became too reliant on technology. This interests me because I actually wonder if this is going to happen in the future. It’s certainly a possibility.

I think part of my problem with the story is that it is fairly slow paced. I was hooked at times but I often found myself being quite bored at other times. I know this is a trilogy, so I’m intrigued to see if it does become more action-packed as the story progresses. Although, I have to admit, I’m not rushing to read the next in the series.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Untraceable- S.R Johannes

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