by Ally Condie
Cassia is pretty happy with her life. She has a good family, good friends, and she’s finally on her way to her matching ceremony where her real future will begin! She’s confident that the Society knows what’s best. Her parent’s long and happy marriage is proof of the success of the matching system, so when the Society gives Cassia her match, she knows that she’s been paired with the right person. But when a tiny flaw in system makes Cassia aware of other options, her belief in the Society and everything they stand for slowly starts to crumble. Now Cassia is faced with a difficult decision between the easy life she’s always known, or risking everything to follow her heart.
Matched is set in a well-crafted and intriguing dystopian society, that strips away the pleasures and privileges we have become so accustomed to in today’s high-tech, possession-driven world. The three main characters in the story are unique and well developed, though I found the secondary characters lacked depth. The intricate differences between Xander and Ky made for an enjoyable love triangle (and I’m often not fond of the love triangle). There is very little in the way of action in Matched, but the trials and tribulations of the people under the Society’s control will keep readers engaged.
I’m a relatively new reader to dystopian fiction, but I couldn’t help comparing Matched to The Hunger Games as I was reading. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Matched, in this comparison it falls a little short.
If you’re able to let go of comparisons and enjoy it for what it is, Matched is a fascinating story and a thoroughly enjoyable read.