Review: Matched by Ally Condie

I love overt messages. Well, I love overt messages when they are delivered in a natural manner. Part of me is sorry I waited so long to read Matched but another part is glad. I can move on to the next book of the trilogy without delay.

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.

Matched is wonderfully written by Ally Condie. She’s created a world where social justice has made everyone complacent; their freedoms have been stripped and they don’t even realize it. At the same time, a love triangle emerges. This isn’t good; it’s a waste of time because you can marry only the one with whom you’ve been matched.

The characters are well-developed, the story is intriguing and the plot interesting. A lot goes on between the covers of this novel. Much of which, I suspect, will not be truly appreciated until the following books are read. The most interesting part is that it shows what can happen when government gains too much control. For pity’s sake, they cut down the Maple trees because it takes too much time to clean up the leaves in the fall.

I found it difficult to put this one down. The pace is quick, but Cassia took too long to truly catch on to what takes place around her daily. She frustrated me in that sense. That’s the only complaint I have. I didn’t like it as much as the Divergent books, but am anxious to continue reading the trilogy. This book is a dream for lovers of dystopia and romance; it will also please fans of one genre or the other.