Matched by Ally Condie Publication date: 30thNovember, 2010
Goodreads description: 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.
Favourite Quote: "Once you want something, everything changes. Now I want everything. More and more and more."
Matched is a book that I have been desperately waiting for and one that was surrounded by a lot of hype. And I have to say after I finished reading it I feel a little disappointed. Matched was good but it wasn't that great epic story I was expecting.
What I liked most about this book was the prose. It was really beautiful.
"So in the middle of all the noise, I point to the sky. I hope he understands what I mean, because I mean so many things: My heart will always fly his name. I won't go gentle. I'll find a way to soar like the angels in the stories and I will find him. And I know he understands as he looks straight at me, deep into my eyes. His lips move silently, and I know what he says: the words of a poem that only two people in the world know. Tears well up but I blink them away. Because if there is one moment in my life that I want to see clearly, this is it."
The concept was interesting and the world building is well thought out. It really feels like this could be our future. But the pace was just too slow for me and that was my biggest problem with Matched. Basically, after a little while I got a tad bit bored. There was too much details and not enough action. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and when it did the book ended.
Cassia, Ky and Xander they were certainly likeable and interesting but I never really got emotionally invested in them. Also I felt the romance lacked a little spark and didn't really feel the connection between Cassia and Ky. I couldn't understand how they could love each other already. If Cassia had been in love with Xander I would have completely understood because of the years of the close friendship they had.
I am however looking forward to the next installment despite my problems with Matched. I think it will have all the things that I felt the first book was missing.
Overall, not a bad start to this series. It just lacked that little something special for me.