Cassia has been anticipating her matching ceremony for years, and now it’s finally here. Society will tell her which boy she will spend the rest of her life with: her perfect match. Soon after it will provide her and her husband-to-be with the perfect job, the perfect number of children, the perfect life. But then Cassia gets a peek at a different life–a life with choices–and everything changes.
Can we just start with how PERFECT THIS COVER IS. Seriously, just gaze in wonder at the cover of this book. Haven’t read the book? Go read the book and YOU WILL GET IT. Love, love, love, love. Okay, now that that is out of that way…
On my writing wall I have a post-it note that says “Matched – society that makes all your major choices, like love”. That’s right, before I’d heard of Matched I came up with the same idea and darn it wasn’t I angry to see that someone had come up with it first! I’m happy to say that Condie delivered a great book to match a great idea, so I’m hardly at all bitter that I didn’t think of it earlier…
I really enjoyed the society (and the Society for that matter). The plot could be a bit slow at times, but I’m expecting it to pick up in the second. I made the mistake of falling for what is obviously not the love interest, so that was disappointing, but as I almost always fall for the third wheel in the love triangle (I think the only exception was Twilight) I’ve gotten used to my heart being broken.
One thing I really liked was the secondary characters and their lives. Cassia’s parents, her grandfather, the government official… I would love to know more about them, and I don’t think we’ll get that chance which disappoints me. Also, I loved the pills! An odd thing to love, but it was seriously a brilliant plot device and it left me with so many questions at the end.
Novels with similar aspects
Divergent by Veronica Roth
XVI by Julia Karr
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
recommended to dystopian fans.
not recommended to someone looking for a 1984 remake.
Don’t just take my word for it! Be sure to check out these other reviews…
“Even though Matched‘s society was very rigid and computerized, it scarily does not seem that far off from the future.” ~ Kyle @A Reader’s Pensieve
“Good concept, a little shaky on the dismount.” ~ Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic (warning, there are spoilers in this review)
“…you can say I was hesitant about Matched. But that was only until I cracked open my copy and read the first page. Then I was hooked.” ~ Samantha @ An Aspiring Receptionist
Have you read and reviewed Matched (or any of my other reviews) already? Link me and I’ll quote and link you in my post!
No plans to make a discussion post for this one, but if you have some spoiler-filled comments to make, let me know and I’ll make one for you. 🙂