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.
©2010 Ally Condie (P)2010 Penguin
I love this type of literature. Dystopia!!! If you are a fan of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" you will most definitely enjoy this. While it is from a teenage girls perspective, and romance is certainly not overlooked, the story is well written and leaves you wanting more! The sequel due in November of 2011!!
If more happened. I have read several books focused on a dystopian society (e.g., Divergent), but this book was different. I listened to about 6 hours before I realized how bored I was. It did not really feel like anything happened during those 6 hours. We were introduced to the society and the 2 boys that the main character is torn between. I didn't like how positive the society was- it was all about making sure everyone was healthy and happy. It did not feel like a dystopian society (aside from the limited freedom to make choices). There was no violence or hurt...I could not buy into why someone would be desperate to change the society. I'm not sure if it was the story itself or the narration, but it seemed to lack emotion and passion. This is probably a good book for a much younger audience...but not entertaining enough for teens or adults.
I really enjoyed the actual book. However, the narrator sounds like she is about 5 years old which is distracting as the character talks about very grown-up struggles.
Don't waste your time on this book. It starts off interesting but it becomes boring and uncreative. I'm not even going to bother buying the second book.
I became almost as tired of the Society as the main character did. The reading felt a bit monotonous, the narrator over-enunciated just about everything; it felt rote. But the story itself also felt a bit plodding, so perhaps that wasn't the fault of the narrator.
When I first started reading Matched I was intrigued by the premise and the main character. By the end I was bored. The story is set in a culture where every aspect of life is controlled by a mysterious entity (the Society) that strives for conformity and blind obedience. There are hints, however, that the society is cracking around the edges. My major disappointment was the main character's (Cassia) lack of reaction to discoveringthat significant aspects of her life and the foundation of her believe system were lies. When she finds out the pictures of war and violence in the outlands are real, not just cartoonish scenes to scare the kids, she doesn't even express surprise or dismay. She spends the entire book mooning over two boys, one to whom she is matched and one to whom she is drawn.
This is the beginning of a trilogy. I won't be reading the second book. I have nothing invested in the main character or her journey. I wanted to know about her world and the hints and teasers weren't sufficient to bring me back. If you want a dystopian teenage series, go for the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. It has more meat and more emotion without degenerating into the physically repellent third book in the Hunger Games series. Like both the Hunger Games and the Ugies series, Cassia lives in a closed world that is supposedly surrounded by wickedness and violence. Only we don't know enough about that outland area to want to go on a tour. Best saved for the under 12 set.
Just finished this -- loved it! Awesome dystopian young adult trilogy that's just as compelling as Hunger Games, but without all the violence. Some people didn't rate it well for whatever reason, but I devoured this first book in the trilogy. I absolutely recommend! You get sucked in right away. And it's totally clean and appropriate for tweens/teens, too. Maybe not as creative or as intricately written as Hunger Games, but still awesome nonetheless. Can't wait to read book 2! About the only thing I didn't like was the weird music that flashed through at certain points of the book -- could've done without that. The narrator did a great job, though. She's easy to listen to. Enjoy!
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-- Mary Oliver
Ally Condie gives us a dystopic society through the eyes of a sweet yet strong young girl who begins questioning the life she's always been conditioned to believe was the one meant for her. While society may have statistics and numbers on its side, this story is about the indomitable human spirit and a love that refuses the odds.
The narration was well done and meshed well with the story rather than being a distraction. This is an excellent book for Young Adults because it begs the reader to ask questions about our own society and lives. It lacks the violence and grandeur of a book like the Hunger Games but will perhaps encourage readers to appreciate the small freedoms in life a bit more: having the world at our fingertips via the internet, being able to pick up and read a book of poetry that has not been censored down to the 100 best poems, look at a painting, knowing it is not one of only 100 deemed useful to keep. Simply thinking itself becomes a luxury in the controlled and constantly monitored world of "Matched".
Not the most uplifting of books, but certainly one worth reading and heeding.
No. I have not read the print version, but I can tell by the audiobook that I enjoy the writing and the author has a beautiful style. I chose the audio book because I commute 60-90 minutes twice daily, and audiobooks are great dsitractions. However, this narrator was not very good company and I regret paying for this audiobook. Her voice sounds kind of like baby talk, which makes the young adult book seem even less appropriate for someone like me in their mid twenties.
I liked the story a lot, although there have been many written like it in the past. I agree with the comparisons to the Giver and Brave New World (two books I grew up loving). I enjoy dystopian society books, which is why I chose this one, and in that sense I was pleased and entertained. I have a hard time with the young adult format these stories often take though, and the aim at a younger audience was very apparent throughout the book.
I went in knowing that the only similarity between "Matched" and "The Hunger Games" was a dystopian society, so I wasn't expecting THG part 4. The first half of the book was quite slow for me. I knew where the story was going, to a point, but it wouldn't get there. Once it got there, it started picking up for me on several different levels and I was fully engaged. I also enjoyed the differing personalities between the two main male characters and Cassia's slow realization of the world around her. By the end, I was/am definitely ready for the next novel. Plus, the book uses my favorite poem as a central theme. Last note: the narrator's voice sounded extremely young - 10 or 11 - so it took some getting used to.
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