Friday, January 14, 2011
Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
Age Group: Young Adult
Series and Book #: Matched, book 1
Synopsis: In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It's hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is teh one...until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path no one else has ever dared follow--between perfection and passion.
I had heard amazing things about this book, and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that it would be great. But I never thought it would be AMAZING!
The beginning bugged me, the way Cassia fawned over the Society and how great it is, and how perfect everything is. It creeped me out, too, because the Society measured everything and predicted everything. They predicted who Cassia would be Matched with, they predicted she'd come in second in a race up a hill, they predicted when she was too tired to run anymore on her tracker. It was so precise and purposeful. The Society sounded perfect, with no blemishes or scars, but they way they handled everything, resorting to violence when nothing seemed to work. They pushed Cassia to her edge, which was bold of them.
Cassia is an interesting character. She loves the Society and their choices, but she doesn't totally trust them. She knows that Xander should be her Match, but her love for Ky runs deeper than her love for Xander, which was so awesome. The romance development between Cassia and Ky was suspenseful and kept me reading.
Over all, Matched was just totally amazing. It grabbed you and pulled you in. It showed you flaws and outrageous ideas and events. It made you feel, like every book should. I loved the characters in this book, how they surprise you. Truly amazing. Add to your TBR pile or MRL.
The Cover: This is a perfect image of how Cassia feels trapped by the Society and I loved the incorporation of her Matched dress.