Author: Ally Condie
Pages : [hardcover] 384
Memorable Quote: It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.
Favorite Characters: Xander & Ky
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’ve been wanting to read this book for a long,long time. It’s been on my TBR list for ages, but I only picked it up a few days ago. Thankfully I didn’t read it sooner, or I’d have had longer to wait for the sequel. Because as soon as I finished Matched I wanted the next book! I don’t think I can wait until November to get more of this series.
Cassia is an interesting character that believes fully in everything her Society does-at least, at first. Once time passes and things start to get more complicated, she begins to doubt everything she’s ever known, even though she knows speaking aloud about this would get her into more trouble than she can imagine. She had her dull moments for me in the book, points where I really didn’t like her and couldn’t care about what she did. I warmed up to her at other moments, and I can’t really tell why I had these off and on feelings about her.
I really liked the descriptions of the Society, because I could picture it perfectly. And while I’ve been reading more and more about dystopian novels lately, this still managed to be new and refreshing, with different conspiracies going on and plot twists spread throughout the book. I loved not knowing what was going to happen next, either with Cassia or one of the amazing supporting characters.
I really enjoyed Matched and give it 5/5 stars. It’s a book I’ll come back to read again and again, and I can’t wait for the sequel! It’s killing me that I can’t have it right now!