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.
Book: Matched by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Matched, #1
Obtained: ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: (4 Zombies)
Cassia is an interesting character, if a bit hard to relate to in the beginning, and it was fun to get to know her. I think that all the hype about matched had me expecting something a bit . . . more than what I got, but it was still a pretty good book.
I definitely enjoyed learning about the society and all the unimaginable restrictions they put on their citizens. At first it seems like everything is perfect, but then you learn about Ky's job and other things that make you look twice at the "perfect" society.
Matched is definitely not a fast-paced action-y type book, but it has its moments. There's more of a slow, steady build-up to the awesome, heart-breaking climax, with little moments of suspense every once in a while.
While Matched may not have been the best of books, I would definitely recommend it to fans of the dystopian genre.