On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.
Except he's not.
In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that's when her whole world begins to unravel . . .
About the Author
Ally Condie received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Comments about Matched:
I won't bother to give you a description of the book, because I assume that you can find that out from other reviewers. I have never written a review for a book before, but this one was so blatantly terrible that I feel I should warn others not to read it.
The first thing that bothered me was the writing. I noticed this off the bat before I even finished the first chapter. I try to read classics and other novels that have been recommended to me by teachers because they are well-written. However, Matched was a spur-of-the-moment pick that I have since regretted. The writing was static and did not flow well, and the descriptions were bland and did nothing to paint a picture in my mind. The first person glimpse into Cassia'a head didn't advance the story or make it more interesting, it simply provided an annoying voice to already annoying words. I tried to read it before I went to bed, but it ended up giving me bad stomachaches that were only relieved by reading a classic. These stomachaches would appear after only 20 minutes of reading.
I was also extremely disappointed in the plot. Cassia is matched with Xander, who is PERFECT. I'm serious, he was described as a god. However, she is also mistakingly matched with Ky, who is never allowed to marry. For some reason, she decides that she wants to marry Ky, even though Xander is PERFECT FOR HER. It was never explained to my satisfaction why she would want to marry Ky over Xander. I think it was something about resisting authority and letting indivuality shine or some nonsense like that. The fact is, if the AUTHOR (who should have control over a reader's response to the story) cannot convince me that Cassia should marry Ky, then the author is not doing her job. By the end of the story, I should feel certain that Cassia should be with Ky and not Xander. I should completely understand and agree with Cassia and be resolute in my certainty that Ky is perfect for her. Instead, I was left with the feeling of "what the HECK, why are you choosing him?" Her choice made no sense to me.
Did you notice that until this point in the review, I have easily managed to neglect mentioning the dystopian world? That is because it plays little part in this story. Besides the whole matching setup (which was also present in Fiddler on the Roof, if you want to argue that it could only occur in the future), the dystopian world was neglected and uindercharacterized. Amazon suggested that I read this book after I purchased The Giver, a book in which the dystopian setting is brilliantly descibed, almost becoming a character in the story. Matched's world is not that different from our own, and besides the little rules we are presented with, we are presented with no evidence of change. This is a CRIME. A CRIME I tell you! If you are going to set a story in a dystopian future, doggone it, you must describe that future and make the reader HORRIFIED by the possibility of this reality. I was not horrified by this world; I was too busy being horrified by the shoddy writing and lack of description.
In conclusion, do NOT read this book. You will only be disappointed.
Comments about Matched:
A journey of love and friendship and fighting for what you believe. well written and very moving.
Series: Matched Trilogy
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 20th September 2011
Dimensions (cm): 20.574 x 13.97 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36