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Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile November 30th, 2010
Plot 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
Fiona's Grade: B- because "Eh..."
So I really liked the first half of Matched but I was really upset for the second half.
This books doesn't feel like it's going much of anywhere during the first half and I was really enjoying it. The love triangle was going smoothly and I was actually enjoying this was book.
Then for the second half, if you'll pardon my language, all hell breaks lose.
The love triangle becomes rather one sided and everything just kinda escalates. There are only a couple hints in the first half as to what happens in the last half and I was just really upset by the end of it. I don't know if I'm going to read the second one simply because I feel like Crossed will be more of the second half than the first half and I can only yell, "I don't like this!" so many times at a book before I am really upset.
Anyway, the book is written really well even if there seem to be some holes in the plot. This book is written poetically and it is not a bad book. I was just a little upset with the love triangle at a couple points.
I did enjoy the twist at the end. It can make me understand Cassia's choices in some ways. In other ways I cannot understand why she does what she does. The back story of Ky was very interesting. I particularly enjoyed seeing her parents relationship as they were both conflicted at points throughout the book. I think that is one thing this book did really well. It showed that everyone was questioning whether the Society's choice was the right choice and I think that's more realistic in a dystopian novel.
Overall, I only somewhat liked this book and probably won't be reading the next one.