Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review- Matched by Ally Condie

Series: Matched #1
Publisher: Dutton Juvenille
Published: November 30, 2010
Pages:  369, US Hardcover
Edition Reviewed:  Hardcover
Source:  Library
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 have a love/hate relationship with dystopians.  They have to have a lot of thought and planning in order to make it work.  Matched is an example of a dystopian that had so much potential to work, but just didn't quite nail it.  Don't get me wrong, I actually really liked the book.  That being said, this book is slow.  Think Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater slow.  The book does pick up the pace at about the 60-65% mark.  My main problem with the book was the background on the Society.  There was no explanation as to WHY things were the way they were.  What happened to make the world this way?  We do know why they have the Matching, but we are kind of left in the dark about the rest.  Also, the love story.  Again, it's on the border of works/doesn't work.  I felt no connection between the MC to either Xander or Ky.  The only reason Cassia became interested in Ky was because she saw his pic the port screen.  She had known him for a long time, but just now decided to pay him attention?
I'm hoping book 2 gives us a little more insight into the Society, because this series has great potential.
3 out of 5 stars

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