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.
My thoughts :
I've just finished Matched and I've a mixed opinion.
First, I love all the dystopian side of the novel : I think the author did a great job in creating a society which succeeds in controling and conditionning people. The Officials decide of everything : people's death, people's mate and people's work ... It really makes you think if you're really free or if your actions, emotions, feelings are the result of another person's choice, decision .. And I found it very interesting !!
Nevertheless, I thought that the romance wasn't that great : I really expected a romantic book in fact, but it's not the most important aspect in Matched (well, according to me), but that worked for me anyway.
I'm looking forward to read Crossed, the second book in the series (coming Fall 2011) !!
I strongly advise you to go check out the official website of the book : http://matched-book.com/ (it's awesome ) !!
"Lying in bed, my body and soul bruised and tired, I realize that the Officials are right. Once you want something, everything changes. Now I want everything. More and more and more. I want to pick my work position. Marry who I choose. Eat pie for breakfast and rund down a real street instead of on a tracker. Go fast when I want and slow when I want. Decide which poems I want to read and what words I want to write. There is so much that I want. I feel it so much that I am water, a river of want, pooled in the shape of a girl named Cassia." -page 300.
Plot : ★★★★
Characters : ★★★
Characters : ★★★
Ending : ★★★
Cover : ★★★★★Writing : ★★★★★