Matched by Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books
Length: 384 pages
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: Romance, forbidden love, dystopia
How I obtained the book: Library; paperback
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
Matched has a lot of wasted potential, but in the end, I was incredibly disappointed. The world was very Giver-esque, as everything is chosen for the characters. This is a very repetitive concept in YA dystopia, and I knew from the first few pages that this would not end well for me.
One of the main plot aspects is the love triangle between Ky and Xander, as Cassia struggles between accepting society’s rules and her own feelings. It felt incredibly forced and one sided, causing me to lose interest in the novel very quickly.
The characters were as unoriginal as the plot, as Cassia felt like a carbon copy of Bella Swan or any of the numerous wannabes. At times, it was very hard to differentiate between the two love interests as they were both the stereotypical YA love interest. Ky was the mysterious, hot guy trope while Xander was the straight laced good guy trope.
The plot wasn’t terrible, just very trite and overdone. It was tiring to read and I felt like I’d already read Matched ten times over. The world was the same old dystopia and the forbidden white, straight romance was irritating. There’s very little forbidden about a white heterosexual love triangle.
Matched is not worth the hype it gets, as Condie just overhauls a similar YA dystopian plot that we’ve all read before. I wouldn’t read it again, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.