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DescriptionCassia 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 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. Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
- Published: 20 September 2011
- Format: Paperback 369 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142419779 ISBN 10: 014241977X
- Sales rank: 2,855
Reviews for Matched
High Expectations - Medium Satisfaction
First of all, I had rather high expectations before I started to read the book. It was praised as one of the best books of the year so I was looking forward to jumping into a highly recommended dystopian novel. It was a nice and fast read, not complicated and enjoyable at several points. As usually I needed about 100 pages to really get into the book, to get used to the structures of the dystopian world. And I have to say that I missed a full, satisfying draft of the society and its structures. We learned about the process of pairing and the different classes and their associated duties and their determined leisure activities, but I missed somehow a clear picture of how the society really works and why. However some aspects in the world building were very authentic and therefore pretty terrifying such as the complete control of the society over its citizens. Imagining someone controlling how much and what I eat, controlling what I’m doing all the time and actually organizing my life no matter what I desire to do is intolerable. So the problematic of this kind of society was well elaborated.
The plot is from the beginning on light even though it became visible that something disturbing was happening inside the society from page to page. Firstly the reader accompanies Cassia in her daily routine as well as to her matching ceremony. We get to know her and her feelings and make acquaintance with Xander, her matched partner and Ky, a boy who is not a full part of the society as for the pairing process. He is not designated to be matched with someone. Surprisingly after the pairing ceremony Cassia discovers that Ky might be her ideal partner and not Xander and starts to raise to question if the whole system is actually deception. Of course she now falls in love with Ky, which happens too fast in my opinion. This fact kind of degrades the character of Cassia a little, cause it assumes that she is not that profound and sensitiv as I imagined her to be. Nevertheless the books elaborates well the cleavage Cassia has between Xander, who is honestly in love with her and Ky, who is not supposed to be in love with her, but definitely is as well. Cassia chooses Ky and the drama begins. Secret conversations about poetry and art which is prohibited in the community heat their love and in the end we face a drastic problem which makes the maintenance of their secret love impossible.
I actually enjoyed the writing style. It was deep and poetic in some points. At other points a little too superficial for my taste, but I guess appropriate for a young adult novel. The different characters with their different voices came out quite good. I think everybody sympathizes more with Ky but I thought that Xander has a stronger character which is somewhat outstanding.
All in all only an okay read for me, but for romance lovers of especially the younger kind a wonderful read about love, poetry and limits a society can set you as well as the thought of outbreaking of such patterns. Perfect for teenagers. :)
★★☆☆☆ 2 of 5 stars by Isabel Lazarovici
- Top review
i really love this book, one of my favorites! by andreia curado
A good selection of classical and new dystopian elements!
Everyone around the blogosphere seemed to be enthusiastic about Matched so I was really looking forward to read it. Unfortunately I didn't get to like this novel as much as all the Cassie & Ky or Xander fans out there.
At first glance Condie created a very interesting setting of a dystopian novel, featuring classical elements and new ones, inhuman and sterile. Citizens are not allowed to show deeper sentimental reactions in public and rarely at home, that they care for someone or something beyond a superficial level. The individual stands back to the society's benefits, and that I can call a successful adaption of a dystopian background to our story around heroine Cassia. What I found most disturbing is the exact controlling of the death date of each citizen.
Cassia, the obedient citizen in the beginning, starts questioning the system when a picture of Ky instead of her promised match appears on her monitor. After the mistake, she starts noticing him and tries to understand the true Ky. They spend time together, learn about each other and who they really are.
A relation between Cassia, Ky and Xander is obvious, but not really a love triangle as I couldn't see feelings beyond friendship between Cassia and Xander in the beginning.
I wish the love story would be a more dominant part of Matched. I am a hopeless romantic and expected this novel to be more specific and detailed when it comes to the rarely featured love scenes. As other novels describe the scene of the lover's meeting vividly, Condie describes a kiss or a hug as a fact and not the act of many different emotions, tastes, smells and feelings coming together.
This lack of emotional details and description of romantic scenes, might be attribute to the dystopian character of minimalism when it comes to deeper feelings and meanings or a major sign of Condie's average writing style.
The society of Matched is divided into different groups of workers and their complexity of thoughts and actions are reduced to guarantee a simple but secure standard.
Condie's writing style is as simple as her created society, it is not my favourite but at least supports the story's character well.
One aspect I really liked about Matched is that Ky and Cassia find and interpret old symbols and art in a world that doesn't know their meaning anymore. People have forgotten what a compass or handwriting is and now it is on both of them to turn something so uncommon into their weapon against a meaningless and indifferent government.
Surprises are rare as we follow a steady rhythm and the first three hundred pages replay a certain routine. The tide of this novel is low, and I drifted on it slowly from moment to moment. I got an appropriate impression of Cassia's life and her district, but almost felt annoyed by this novel's slow pace always expecting something more spectacular happen on the next page.
In the last eighty or so pages speed picked up and I found myself in the middle of action, thinking: "Dear action, there you are, but why haven't you showed up two hundred pages earlier!?"
Matched can be described as a light romance with main interest on dystopian setting, so this novel definitely is a recommendable read for fans of dystopian tellings of all stripes. I am going to read the sequel when it comes out, but with much less pre- enthusiasm than I felt toward Matched. by MissPageTurner