Release Date: December 2, 2010
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Rating: YA 14+
Everywhere I went, I was hearing about Matched by Ally Condie. All my friends were gushing about how great it was, and even my friends who didn't like to read had heard about it. I kept telling myself that I would get around to it, but for some reason I just never did.
Finally, for my 14th birthday, I received a paperback version of Matched. And there it lay, on my bookshelf, collecting dust until three days ago when I finally picked it up, curled up on my sofa, and began to read.
I have to say, after hearing such amazing things about this book, I was a little disappointed. It wasn't by any means bad, but I just couldn't see what was so great about it. The beginning, for me, was the best part of the novel. Ally Condie portrayed the scene of the Banquet so beautifully, it was like I was there with Cassia. But as the book went on, it became harder and harder to keep reading. It became a drag.
Matched was actually my first YA Dystopian novel, and also the one that got me hooked onto them. However, there are a lot of YA Dystopian novels out there that are very similar to Matched, yet much better, and gripping, such as Delirium and The Hunger Games, (just to name a couple of my favorite).
However, I really loved the idea of Matched- to be trapped and have every choice made for you; who you marry, the number of kids you have, your job. It really made me sympathize with Cassia- how can she marry someone she doesn't love? And how must it feel to keep your emotions hidden all the time? I was so happy when Cassia started to question her life and the system. I loved how Cassia's character began growing and showing more strength as the book went on, where at first I had found her a little annoying, to be honest.
Now. Onto the romance... I have to say, Ky and Cassia's relationship is not my favorite...or even one of my favorites. It was just so... fluffy. And I didn't really like Ky's character that much... there wasn't anything about him that made him stand out from all the other YA heartthrobs. I know I am being a little harsh, but that's just how I feel. However, I would recommend that you give it a go, because Condie's writing really is so lyrical and beautiful, and that kind of makes up for all the not-so-good parts.
3 Muffins - Mmm... Yummy!
If you like this, try:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Eve by Anna Carey