Book 1 of the Matched Trilogy
In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
Review Sourced from Previous Review Account | Dated: 26th August 2015
Contains Major Plot Spoilers.
I enjoyed this book so much that I hardly wrote any notes for my review during the read, so all of this is going to be me looking back on the book rather than my immediate reaction.
When I first started reading the book I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I’ve said previously I don’t read the blurb of a book immediately before reading it because I feel some of them can reveal spoilers and I like the book to be as new and unknown to me as possible.
The way the writing for Cassia started was exactly how I would imagine someone in her kind of world would behave and think, her character development was done beautifully. As Cassia learnt more and more things about The Society she gracefully changed from a girl who was terrified to break the rules to a girl who was terrified of The Society. Cassia didn’t change overnight, her development was done subtly, so much so that you it wasn’t easy to pinpoint when she completely changed. Although, it’s obvious Ky had a massive impact on her development.
When Cassia first went to her Matching Banquet and was presented with the blank screen I had all sorts of things going through my head, then when she was matched with Xander I was really happy for her, and my happiness grew the more I got to know him. They seemed perfectly matched for one another. But, when Ky walked into the story I became very fond of him as well. If I were her I wouldn’t know who to choose either. Her curiosity about Ky grew in such a realistic way, and mine grew with hers. The time Ky and Cassia spent together on the hills was creative and I didn’t struggle at all to picture what was happening in my head. Actually, I didn’t have much trouble imagining any of this book in my head.
Cassia’s grandfather’s death was so tragic and it put tears in my eyes. The whole of The Society has had so much thought put into it, and the dying at 80 part broke my heart and made me feel a little ill. It’s terrifying to think that The Society could become a reality in this world one day, it’s been written so believably and Condie has put so much of her efforts into making sure that every last detail fits and works. It’s scared me so much to realise how possible this story is, and I think that’s what had me so hooked.
The rest of Cassia’s family have engraved themselves within my heart, her mum and dad obviously adore their children and it breaks my heart what they’ve had to do to keep their family safe. But their happiness as a family isn’t cheesy or predictable, it’s written so well and yet again I’m impressed by how much thought Condie has put into this world. Molly, Cassia’s mother, experienced something awful when she went on her trips out of the city and this part of the story is just another thing that I’m impressed by – so much thought and care has gone into this alternative world. The planning must have taken ages.
The Artifacts, the 100 poems/songs/etc. and the obsession with statistics. I can’t actually think how to write about how much I love it all. Condie’s work on this book is incredible. I feel like I’m just repeating myself, but that’s because I’m not quite sure how to place how this book made me feel into words. It’s something so different from what I usually read and I don’t think I can fault the book in anyway at all.
MATCHED has been written as the perfect beginning to what I hope is going to be a big adventure and all the plot twists towards the end of the book really shocked me. The use of the three pills, and Cassia not taking hers, was so good and for ages I was convinced that the red pill would kill them – I did not expect it to wipe their memories. When Cassia figured out that people were being poisoned around their 80th birthday I was screaming with delight that she’d finally realised… although we saw the book from her point of view as a reader it was possible for us to work somethings out before Cassia did and the murdering of the elderly was one of those things. There were so many twists and turns throughout this entire book and I was up until 3am because I refused to sleep without finishing it. I’ll be starting CROSSED tonight and I’m already full of excitement and trying to figure out what the title CROSSED will mean for Cassia. I’m also super excited to find out more about where Ky grew up and I’m desperate to find out exactly what killed his parents – AND WHO IS THE WAR WITH. Aliens? Humans? Another Society? So many questions.
I gave this book 5/5 because, how could I not? I haven’t read a book that has had me this hooked in a very long time, the addiction I felt for it was very similar to how I felt after reading the Half Life books by Sally Green… the only difference is that here I know I can binge read the entire series, whereas I can’t do that with Nathan’s story yet as the last book hasn’t been released yet – insert mega sad face here. Seriously though, this book was amazing.