Author: Ally Condie
Published: November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Synopsis: In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely 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 the 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.
Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
Thoughts: It took me about 100 pages to get into this book. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. I love the story line, the Society, the romance, the characters...I love it all!
As you can see, Matched is a dystopian novel, where the Society decides everything for you. Can you imagine not being able to make your own choices? From who you will marry, to where you will work and even when you will die, the Society makes these decisions. For Cassia, there is no better time for a young woman than when she will attend the Matched ball and find out who her mate will be. Above all odds, Xander (her best friend and local hottie) is chosen for Cassia, and she couldn't be more thrilled.
The Society gives each person who attends the ball a disc with information and pictures of their match. Kind of like a background check. When Cassia gets home, it's not Xander's face she sees but Ky, the quiet boy who lost his family so long ago.
At first, Cassia believes this is a fluck. She's meant to be with Xander. They're perfect for each other. But the more time she spends around Ky, the more she's attracted to him. She can't deny their chemistry. Now, Cassia can't but question the Society. Do they really have everyone's best intentions involved?
As you can see throughout the blogosphere, there's a lot of hype about this book. Though I don't believe it lived up to all it, Matched is still a great read. It's deinitely different from other books out there and one of the reasons I'll be checking out more dystopia books in the future.
One question I wonder is, if Cassia never saw Ky's face to begin with, would she still have felt this undeniable attraction towards him? Because of the Society, you'll never know. It's one of the many questions Matched will have you asking.
Now, swoon-worthy boys. In all honesty, while I liked both Xander and Ky, I never really felt any connection towards either of them. Xander comes off as the cookie cutter guy every girl is suppose to fall for, whereas Ky is the type who seems to blend in everywhere he goes and never standing out. Yes, I was cheering for something to happen between Cassia and Ky and while he's a well written character, he just lacked a little something. He doesn't say much, so you don't really get to know him. There are bits and pieces of his personality and background here and there, but for the most part, he's a big mystery. I get the appeal in that, but it's not for me. Maybe I'll fall for him in the sequel.
All in all, I found Matched to be an enjoyable read. I must say, the setting for Matched is quiet amazing. It takes a lot of time and creativity to come up with something like this. I would recommend checking this one out come late November.