Matched (Matched, #1)
By Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books, 2010
366 pages, hardcover
Date Finished: 7/9/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Futuristic, Coming of Age, Romance
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.~First Line: "Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?"
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.
~Last Line: "And they will change from ash and nothing into flesh and blood."
Review: I've wanted to read this book since I first heard about it on GoodReads. It looked great, and it unquestionably was! Dystopian novels are quickly rising in popularity for me :).
The main character, Cassia, turns 16 and gets Matched to her best friend Xander. It perfect. Xander and Cassia know almost everything about each other and know that they'll live happily ever after together. The problem comes, however, when Cassia is shown another boy's face as well.
Ky is an Aberration, an outcast in their futuristic society, but he and Cassia get along wonderfully. I'm not sure who I liked more between him and Xander. They both have their pros & cons.
The plot of Matched was awesome. I loved how everything was going so smoothly and seeing Ky's face was scary, but not terrible. Then, BAM. Cassia wasnts to get to know the boy whose face was accidentally on that microchip. She and Ky became such good friends, and you were just automatically pulled in to everything that was happening.
The characters were ahmazing as well. They all had something different and unique about them. Cassia wanted to learn. Plain and simple. She wanted to know everything that they weren't allowed to know. Ky was one of my favorites for sure. Even though he was an Aberration, he was smarter, in some ways, than most of the people in their society.
Overall, I just loved this vook. I'm so anxious to get my hands on Crossed! The covers for this series are beautiful as well! :D
Plot Rating: 5
Character Rating: 4.5
Cover Rating: 4.75
GoodReads Rating: 5
and four-fifths :)