Yes and no. Although the idea was intriguing, the book was very repetitive and the protagonist was very naive. She is not a strong female lead.
I would have not repeated things to the reader, and made it less about the love triangle and more about the girl struggling with society.
Her young voice fit the character very well I think. She understood Cassia's train of thought. Overall, I really liked her as a reader.
I think I would have much rather read it to be honest. Although the voice actor was really great!
I chose a youth novel for my first audiobook because a) I figured it would be a lot easier to listen to and not feel as though I'm missing something if my driving takes more focus, and b) because one of my favorite podcasts suggested Matched. The voice is a little hard to get into, but the more I listened, the more I realized her young and naive voice fit the female protagonist. And I emphasize naive. Casssia's personality throughout is that of a girl who has been sheltered all her life. At first this annoyed me, but then I realized that she wouldn't talk like normal teenagers in the dystopian society she lives in. She would in fact have a younger voice.
Regardless though, if you are looking for a book to quench your Hunger Games thirst, I would suggest this one, but with caution. Cassia is not as strong as Katniss, and most of her decisions are made with either Xander or Ky in mind. There's a lot of "should I do this, who should I choose," nonsense going on . It gets a little tedious until the very end, when the pace picks up and it's clear that the society is on to her.
The society is actually what kept me listening. It's really interesting, and reminds me a lot of The Giver. I just wish there was more substance to Cassia rebelling. I will listen to the next one, because I have that on audiobook as well, but I'm not sure if I'm as excited for it as I was for Matched.
I enjoyed this novel throughout. It kept me interested in the story and the narration. The narrator sounds young while being pleasant to listen to. Other voices are also well-done. The main comparison between this novel and The Giver that I would make is that both are novels of futuristic dystopia. Otherwise the stories are not much the same. Both The Giver and this series are excellent and people who enjoy one will also enjoy the other. This novel has a less lyrical and more realistic quality, with hints of 1984, while at the same time having a more hopeful tone. The story is a little more complex, but very accessible to younger readers, and enough to satisfy adults. This might be an interesting listen on a car trip for about 10 and up. It might be boring for kids younger than that. I enjoyed it enough that I'm downloading the second book in the series right away.
I was sucked into this book because of the society Cassia lives in. It's awful and amazing. The mindset that they are "lucky" to live the way they do made me shake my head. And later in the book to really see the total control the government has over every little thing makes you realize that this kind of society could really be possible. That sucked me in but the love story kept me reading. They were so cute and it reminded me of that first real love. I finished the first book and immediately started the 2nd. Worried how the 2nd one will end! The 3rd one won't be out for a while still!
I've never quite read anything like Matched. I'm more of a romance novel gal, but I like to use the "$5.95" sales to branch off and "read" things I wouldn't normally have spent a credit on. This venture paid off very happily this time. I truly enjoyed this, it was relaxing and yet mentally stimulating, however it was also frightfully thought provoking as only post-apocalyptic novels can be.
I loved the entire last quarter of the novel, more so than the first 75%. As Cassia began to open up and make connections and break free from the mental constipation induced by The Society. The story and charactes began to take a new more colorful dimension. The first large part of the novel was very one dimensional, and it is necessary in order to truly get the tone and mentality across. But as the plot progresses it becomes multi dimensional and textured. It might seem kind of dry at first but stick with it, it pays off!
At Grandfather's Final Banquet. Grandfather tells Cassia to find her own words. This theme struck me as incredibly poignant at the time, in the time when people no longer create anything original. As I read on, I found that this concept of self discovery would become a main theme.
Grandfather's Final Banquet
Tremendously thought provoking post-apocalyptic read, of a young girl discovering herself and finding liberation from a utilitarian society, and the freedom to love.
When ever I can't read a book I love to listen to one. I am addicted.
One of the best books and best series I have listened to. Very well written, well read, and captivating.
The story line was captivating and you felt as torn as the girl was when it came to what she should do and what was right. Truly addicting.
I could never say I had a favorite because I truly felt drawn into the whole story.
I laughed and I cried and then frantically looked for more to the series and by the author. I have already listen to book two and am impatiently waiting on book three. Amazing books and amazing author.
I would recommend this book to friends that liked the Hinger Games.
The reader's voice was youthful and helped build the nature of the main character in my mind. The reader has a lovely, sweet voice.
Cute but predictable
This story is very similar to some others in this genre, but I did not like it nearly as much. A better option would be Delerium, by Lauren Oliver.
In reviewing this book, I want to be sure to note, I am not a YA, however my secret is that I love them. As a 20 something adult I have to very distinct reading styles, one serious who loves rich deep plots and characters with twists, turns and surprises you never see coming, with beautiful imagery and writing. Then there is my lazy reading side and that side of me eats up YA novels. First they are simple, with easy to follow plots, expected and predictable plot themes and love stories and I am totally ok with that. So that being said, Matched falls into the ok/good enough to read the second category to my lazy reading side.
The story is told through Cassia, a girl living in a dystopian world and eating up every minute of it, with her guy “friend” Xander. You learn some about “the society” she lives in, controlling to the point of pre delivered meals, clothing allotments, education, the arts and even marriage and medications to control mood. They seem capable of monitoring peoples every move and they make every decision for them, you have a world of robots doing everything they are told and seeming to be totally ok with it. When you first meet Cassia, this is all she knows and being matched is the biggest thing in her young life. Then though a series of events you meet “Ky”, the mysterious handsome boy that first make Cassia start to think about this world of total control and what else could be out there. This is where the story starts to lose some ground for me, Cassia seems to quickly change her mind about the wonderful society from only a few fleeting interactions with Ky whom according to society rules she can never have. I did not really feel like the romance had any real ground to grow on, so therefor I struggle to understand her motivation to be willing to so quickly go against everything she has ever grown up to know and the people she grew up loving.
The love triangle is clearly trying to being set up in the first book; however because of the undeveloped romance/love aspect of the plot, I feel it needs more time to really start to get flushed out. I feel the characters need to grow a little more into themselves; we don’t really know that much about either boy in this “triangle” so it’s hard to feel any one way towards them. As well as the readers understanding of the society needs to be more in depth, so this does not come off so much like a cheesy love story. It felt like a lot of good ideas that were glued together and not always successfully. This read more like an outline for a book idea, than a fully thought out book, or a book that could have been done in one novel that has been given fluff to make it into a trilogy. So while it kept me semi-interested and was very easy to read, there are no surprises here, every action had a clear and easy to surmise outcome. One postive for the audio is that Kate Simses gives Cassia a clear voice and does the narration well.
I have listened to this book several times. It's great.
It's in same category with Twilight and Hunger Games.
Very enjoyable voice to listen to reading a good book.
Love knows no bounderies no matter what the ruling Government thinks.
I'm not a fan of teenage angst literature, but if you are an angsty teenager, go for it. I could see a 15 year old version of myself LOVING this book.
Kate Simses does a great job distinguishing voices for each character, however, her narration as Cassia sounds like a annoying 17 year old girl... but THAT'S THE POINT, so I'll let it slide! :)
I hope the second one is better. I want to like this book... It didn't leave me wanting to read the second book, but i guess I will... meh!