Sunday, April 24, 2011
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.
I picked up Matched because of all the wonderful things being said about it. Everywhere I looked people were giving this novel the best of ratings! I think my expectations were just a tad too high because I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would...
The characters were OK. Cassia wasn't too whiny and I liked Ky and Xander, but the love triangle wasn't a great one. There wasn't a lot of connection between Cassia and Xander so I found myself automatically favoring Ky.
I think my favorite thing about this novel is the Dystopian world that Ally created, where everyone and everything are limited. Nobody lives past 80, there are only 100 songs, 100 poems, most people cannot write, matches and vocations are chosen for them... all of the elements were really interesting and got me thinking. The only problem with the futuristic world is that I had so many questions that were never answered.
The plot was nothing too original and I found it to be boring and dull at some parts. The idea of forbidden love has been done again and again so nothing new there. If the story didn't take place in a world so different from ours, it would have been a lot harder for me to get through the book. Thankfully the ending was very exciting and left me craving the sequel, Crossed.
Matched is a good book that I recommend to anyone that loves romance and maybe a little sci-fi. It did a good job of setting up the series so hopefully my review for Crossed will be even better. Also, I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter!
What are your thoughts on the book? Did you do anything fun for Easter?