Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: Matched (Matched # 1)

Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Pages: 366
Buy It: Amazon / B&N

Cassie 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.



That is exactly what I wanted to do throughout this entire book. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story, it had a good premise and the characters were all pretty awesome. 



[Sigh!] and a big one at that, I guess if this world is the only one you have ever know and everything from the past [the one where we had some freedoms] has practically been destroyed, you would know no better. You would actually think that what 'The Society' is doing is good for you. You wouldn't see that they were manipulating everything in your life to leave you weak, to leave you vulnerable. How can you rebel and ask for something more if you have never known any more, never glimpsed it, because there is nothing left of the past. The only thing's that are left are peaceful and calm and are meant to leave you without any thoughts of rebellion or to leave you wanting to fight. & the few that are left that know anything are so old, that they are at the end of their life span's and shall be killed by the society. Why yes, did I not mention that before. No only does the society tell you where you are going to work, who you are going to marry, what you are going to eat. It also determines when you are going to die. Nothing happens without the societies authorization.

The character's were diverse, there were some that I loved right away, like Ky (who could actually see how evil the society is and while it's a quiet fight, he was still waging a war against them). One thing that really frustrated me though, was the classification. Ky, was labeled as an 'Aberration' meaning that he can never be Matched, never marry or have children. But Ms. Condie never really explained specifically what an Aberration is or what Ky did to deserve this fate, except that it had something to do with his father. 

Cassia on the other hand, she's the one that I wanted to scream at the most. Thankfully at the end she was able to see what the society was doing and started to really fight against them, but through the majority of this book, she was like a pawn in their hands. They controlled her so thoroughly and moved her step by step through the book [even though she thought she was being rebellious and doing it herself] she was being played through this entire book. It was rather sad to read about actually. Cassia just didn't leave any impression on me, even though she was the main character. The greatest impression that was left on me, was just now when I was writing this review and I couldn't even remember what her name was, I had to look it up and that's pretty sad see how close her name is to being my name [my name being Cassie, hers being Cassia. Talk about crazy, right?].

The other character's were okay, but none of them really left me loving them or the story. The only other character that I found to be awesome was Cassia's grandfather, but he died about 3 or so chapter's in because he had reached his 80th birthday and it was time for him to die because the society said so. 

But so much in this book was left unexplained and some of it just didn't make any since. What was explained didn't seem to go together or really work. I was just left confused about a lot of this book. I hope in the next one she actually explains more about this world. Like how the society was created in the first place. What the heck happened that was SO major that people decided to willingly give up all their freedoms to be controlled by the society? 

Overall, while this wasn't the worst book that I've read, it just left me spitting mad because most of the character's were just so STUPID! Fight! Fight, PLEASE! Do something, don't go easily into that dark night. 

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