Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie 366 pages Published November 30th 2010 Buy at Amazon
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.
I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. There is a heck of a lot of hype for this series and I totally love it. I do think Delirium by Lauren Oliver is similar, but I only mildly tolerated it, until the end (when it got really good). So, while I do not like (well, I will be checking out the second book) Delirium, I love Matched.
I know that Cassia is a rather flat character. I know that Ky is Edward Cullen. I know that Xander is Jacob Black. And I know y’all are thinking, oh no, Twilight? Take a deep breath. Continue. The reason I say Ky is Edward is because he is the guy you’re not supposed to have. He is supposed to be untouchable, forbidden. Xander is the best friend who has the potential to become more, but that cheesy vampire gets in the way and ruins everything. It’s a very tense relationship. The Twilight waiting game, until everything becomes too much to bear and you just gotta kiss him.
With the love triangle, I’ve read several times where Cassia was described as having an obsession with Ky. It reminded me of a long distance relationship based on letters and brief meetings. I don’t think I can describe it as obsessive, because if I had been Cassias place, I would have definitely been interested in Ky and his past as well. With Xander, I felt his love, but I never felt Cassia ‘loved’ him as well. The relationships aren’t topnotch, but there is so much interesting background with the characters that it can almost make up for it. Almost.
I still love it regardless.
There’s something about the writing that reminds me of The Hunger Games and it makes this book one of my favourites. It the type of writing that makes me unable to stop reading. The only thing that really lacked for me was descriptions (and the lack of explanation of the Society). It was very bland and I desperately wanted more descriptions of characters, places, just anything!
Unless the sequel absolutely bombs, I think Matched has made it into my top ten favourite series.