Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review: Matched by Allie Condie

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. 
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I'm probably one of the last people to read this and one of the few you Hate it. From all the reviews of read of this I thought it would be an amazing book, unfortunately I was wrong. First of all, I found this book kinda boring and dull. There's like no action and everything seems sudden and fake. Like Cassia the main character decides she hates the society and that they're evil very suddenly and with like no real reason at first, and she barely knows Ky at all yet somehow she thinks she's in love with him when she barely cared anything about him before she sees him at her match. And you know basically nothing about Xander yet she claims to love him too just in a different way. I would have liked to know more about Ky and Xander both because even though Cassia supposedly loves them you know next to nothing about them. And I felt that you didn't learn enough about the society and everything, you don’t understand whats going on at all. When I finished the book I was left feeling like basically nothing had happened throughout the whole thing. I mean it was more about Cassia's day to day normal life than a rebellion and everything like I thought it would be, it's like this whole book is what the first half of most dystopian books are about but instead of the action and everything you get with those in the second half with this its just more of the same, like this whole book was one extremely long prologue without enough substantial plot development. And while it kinda made me believe that the Society is evil I didn't believe that the characters believed it. Also towards the end of the book a war is mentioned and I was like what the heck? Where did that come from? You don’t even find out who's fighting them, it seemed like it was kind of a last minute addition and I felt that the book needed to have a lot more about that in it. And I felt that there was little to no character development, and none of the characters felt real to me. And as much as I hate love triangles this one was a pretty pathetic attempt at one, mainly because it didn't seem like she actually loved either one of the guys. Also I would have liked to know more about the world they live in and the pills and how the elderly die and the war, really everything interesting there was not enough about.

 I mean its a good book but I was expecting it to be an Epic book. The one positive thing I have to say is that the writing is beautiful, I love the way that Cassia's feelings are told and everything. Overall I would recommend it to anyone who likes more romance (if you can call it that) than action and real dystopian. And while I think its a good book I don’t think it deserves all the hype it gets. Will I read the others? Eventually but mainly because I already own them. On the plus side there's no depressing sparkly vampires.

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