Matched by Ally Condie(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: September 20th 2011
Series: Matched #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 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.Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
This will be fairly short but I just wanted to share some quick thoughts on Matched even though everyone and their brother has already read it. First off, the idea behind this was great. I remember being at a Target about a year ago and being torn between buying Matched or Divergent and I bought Matched because I’m a sucker for a love triangle. And this: “So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.” is love triangle gold. I couldn’t resist.
The pages flew by but around page 300 I stopped reading for a second and thought about something. What exactly is happening? Ky and Cassia’s relationship is progressing and Cassia has doubts about Xander as her match. Then I asked myself what was going on around page 100. The same thing. So, although I did not even realize it, I’d been reading pretty much the same thing for the last three hundred pages with itty bitty conflicts strewn in. Where were the huge plot conflicts? An actual action-y plot didn’t kick in until what seemed like the end. The very very end and things finally got interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book, but when the action kicked in it made me think of the rest of the book and showed me how much it lacked.
Anyway, definitely read it if you have not already but what I’ve said above makes this novel at solid four stars from me.