Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My third book review: Matched

Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384
Published: 30th November 2010
Author: Ally Condie

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My review:
What intrigued me with this book at first was the book blurb. I loved Melina Marchetta books and when I saw that the book blurb was hers, I thought I had to read it! The cover is lovely and I actually watched the book trailer before buying this book. The book trailer was quite confusing for me because I don't get what it means, but it was still good! After reading several pages of the book, I finally get what it means! 

Cassia's whole life has been determined by the Society, and that includes who she will marry. Cassia is an interesting character, who becomes rebellious deep down after starting to fall for Ky. She is Matched with Xander but she finds herself falling in love with Ky, who is also her Match. The idea of every aspect of your life being controlled by someone else is what happens in Cassia's life. Even her food portions are controlled by the Society, according to her data. It's a fresh dystopian novel, quite different from others although the book progressed quite slow. The love between Cassia and Ky happened halfway through the book and there are many things happening before, to give readers a better idea of what the Society is like. 

Ky Markham and Xander are both beautifully written characters but I find Ky more interesting than Xander. He is not from the place where Cassia lives, and he has a history and a story which he tells to Cassia secretly. He can also write, which Cassia and the people living in the place can't do. The attraction between them was undeniable although it progressed slowly. I totally agree with Melina Marchetta's book blurb that Matched is beautifully written!

Overall: Looking for dystopian novels with fresh theme? Read Matched! Matched portrays the life of someone fully controlled by the government and it's definitely worth reading even if the progress of the book was slow and the ending leaves you wanting for the second book more!

4 forget-me-not flowers rating for Matched
Note: Crossed is the second book in the series and will come out on the 1st November!

Check out the book trailer here! I love the book trailer!:

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