In a post-apocalyptic society, I am teaming up with a teenager because boy-oh-boy are they going to be well-read on the subject. The Giver, Hunger Games, Alas, Babylon, Divergent, Gone, The Host, Pretties, Uglies and so on and so on and so on. Now we can add Matched by Ally Condie to the list.
I love me some dystopian novels, so this book was right up my alley. And, per usual, I will be honesto about my thoughts, so here we go:
Synopsis from Penguin:
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.
What I loved:
I loved that this was dystopian; there is not much I enjoy more than non-proper nouns that are capitalized to create a creepy, totalitarian vibe. I love hearing about Ceremonies and rules. Curfews and Rations. Pre-selected vocations and mysterious pills Why? I don’t know. Honestly, that sounds like a nightmare, right? But maybe it’s just the idea of what if? Kind of creepy. Pretty cool.
What I didn’t like:
This novel is not only post-apocalyptic, it is also a romance. It’s not that I mind romance; it’s fine. It’s just that I felt that the love story was drawn out a bit too much. I felt that the main character, Cassia, revisited the same emotions over and over and over. I get it. You can’t decide, girl.
If you’re looking for some pretty decent teen-fiction to cure your Hunger Games hangover, Matched by Ally Condie might be the cure.
I was paid for this review, but I was honest about all of my thoughts, of course.
i love this type of genre but have never read the series even tho i have seen in loads of bookstores. might have to pick this one up and see how it fairs, thank you for the fab review :D
Jenna @ Call Her Happy says
I’m so glad you’re going to try it out. Let me know what you think! And, thanks for stopping by :)
The Lovely One says
I liked Matched, but the sequel is not nearly as good. If I remember correctly, it’s called Crossed. I’ll keep reading, just because I want to know what happens next, but it wasn’t as good!
Jenna @ Call Her Happy says
Let me know what happens!