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 a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
We are lucky...
When they took Ky....poor Cassia... The society they live in is meant to be fair...but it is not....there is no freedom of choice...no freedom of speech...and there are arranged marriages.... Not a good life...even though they try to make it be one...
she sounds so sweet....gives the book a young, and fresh perspective...
When Grandfather dies....so sad...
This book is geared towards a younger person...even though I am 40 I still liked it a lot....and will listen to book 2...
I enjoyed Matches very much. I chose this title based only on the description; I was not familiar with the author or the narrator. I was not disappointed. I will download the next book.
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.
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