Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Review: Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

As you can probably tell I love dystopian books, this is another series that I adore! The basic storyline involves a society where officials decide everything for people, such as who they will marry [be matched with, hence the title], when they will die, choices that no person should be allowed to make for another human being. This story follows a girl called Cassia who is matched to a boy who is fact her best friend, you'd think lucky right? But she falls in love with another boy which causes her to question the rules she has abided by her whole life, endangering herself and her family.

This book has two main genres, dystopian and love. I love dystopian for its huge, fast paced action scenes and tragedies that occur in basically every dystopian novel. That is why I was sometimes annoyed with this novel, it was slow paced with basically no action and lacks drama with no built up tension which is to be expected in a dystopian novel. Through some lack of emotion it made the officials of the society not seem so bad, it had no despair or deep sense of urgency which practically makes a dystopian novel the lack of this made the "twisted" officials not seem that bad.

As of the love story, I was disappointed since the other theme was not carried out. I could not see any chemistry between Cassia and Ky but it was obvious that the author was trying to build up the relationship which I deeply appreciate since I find annoying how in most novels couples just seem to have a relationship of a married couple after a few dates. I have to admit I felt sorry for Xander [the boy Cassia was matched to.]

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.

Although I was not impressed with this book, I will not give up I am currently reading the second and I will inform you right after I've finished if I personally find it worth reading! I do have to admit that I can be extremely critical of books at times, so don't let me put you off because this could be the book for you!

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