Series: Matched Trilogy,
on November 30th 2010
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
I was first drawn to Matched by it’s pretty cover. I have to admit I have a weakness for pretty book covers. I also read an excerpt on my kindle and the character peaked my interest. It seemed like it might have a plot that would keep you on your toes. When I first started the book I actually really liked it and found myself crying within the first 90 pages! As I got further into the book though I lost interest in the story.
Matched is a sort of coming of age story for Cassia and we follow the story from her point of view and she discovers what it is like to make her own choices and exploring new feelings. This is quite remarkable for Cassia as she lives in a society that makes all of your choices for you including who you marry and when you will die. When Cassia attends her Matching ceremony just after her 17th birthday she is pleasantly surprised to be matched to her best friend Xander. Cassia is excited to start a life with Xander especially since they have known each other all her lives. She genuinely seems to care for and love Xander until the night she decides to look at his personal information you receive about your Match and someone else pops up on her screen. Even though the society tells her it was an error and that Ky the other boy who popped up as her Match has been labeled and aberration by The Society and will never be allowed to have a match.
I did enjoy the first few chapters of the book and I found the scenes between Cassia and her Grandfather to be quite moving. I also really enjoyed the relationship she had with Xander, to me they seemed like they really were the perfect Match for each other and I thought that there was real love there. I was actually disappointed in Cassia that as soon as she saw another boy pop up on her screen she seemed to forget all about Xander. It doesn’t feel to me like she is really making a choice between the two it’s like she just becomes obsessed with something she can’t have. She even said herself that she really didn’t think of Ky much until his face appeared on the screen and then all of sudden her whole life is about him. To me it seemed like the relationship she had with Xander had more substance and she just like Ky because he was something new and different. It got to the point that even though Ky had a very sad back story I just didn’t like him and wanted to stop hearing about him. Overall the romance in this book just didn’t cut it for me and in the end I was rooting for Xander to get the girl.
I did however find the concept of living in a Society where everything is decided for you interesting. People were healthier and no one was obese. No one ever got sick and everyone lived right up until their decided death date. Many people seemed genuinely happy and in love with their chosen matches as well. It’s hard to imagine living in a world with no free will and I would be interested to see what the other characters in this series thought of their lives.
At the end of the day this just wasn’t the book for me. I had to stop myself from skimming pages just to make it to the end. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian novels so maybe I am biased but I got bored and just couldn’t get back into Cassia’s story. I’m contemplating reading the others to see if I like them any better and I am OCD about finishing a series but I just don’t know if I can put myself through seeing Xander’s heart broken again.
I myself wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone but if you are a fan of dystopian novels you may like it.
“We could have been happy. I know that, and it is perhaps the hardest thing to know.”
“I came up on the screen , too, Cassia. But he was the one you chose to see.”
“Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes a part of theirs.”
Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled I’m glad for that.”