MATCHED by Allie Condie
Back Cover Blurb: 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 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. (TAKEN FROM AMAZON)
Basic plot line: This book is a girly Dystopian. It is set somewhere in the distant future where the government controls every aspect of your life, from you clothing to your job, your calorie intake, your hobbies, even who you get to marry. After a child turns sixteen they are given their match. Supposedly their perfect match based on genetics. The boy Cassia is given is her best friend. At least, that is until she sees the other choice they made for her and showed her by accident. The whole book is on how Cassia figures out her real feelings and learns that just because a computer says someone is perfect for you does not mean your heart agrees. The journey Cassia goes on through out the book lets her begin to question the authority of an all powerful government. She begins to wonder why she can’t make her own choices about more than her romantic life and begins to become a thorn in the side of the very agency that supposedly only has her best interests at heart.
How long it took to read: I read MATCHED in less than two days. I seriously could not put it down. And that is saying something because I rented it from my library’s ebook lending site and had to read it on my computer since there wasn’t a version available (through the library mind you) for my Kindle.
Characters: I did like the characters. Cassia had her moments where I wanted to smack her and scream JUST PICK A BOY ALREADY! Because this girl had two wonderful boys falling all over her and she just could not make up her mind. When she does, and I am not going to spoil and tell you who, I cheered with her and for the lucky boy who will have Cassia, and I also cringed and felt all kinds of sad for the other. Both males were extremely well written and I felt myself rooting for both for different reasons.
Take it or leave it: TAKE IT! I have book two sitting here staring at me to start reading it. I bet it’s as good as the first so, I am just going to take a leap of faith and say buy book one (or borrow from a handy dandy library) and book two at the same time!