Book: Matched (Matched #1)
Author: Ally Condie
Publication date: November 30th, 2010
If you are seeking for poetic writing style, a mild 'love triangle' romance, an insecure and constant self-doubting protagonist, and a slow 'suspension-less' plot, then this is the book for you...
Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? Not entirely... For many months I was familiar with this book and because I am drawn to dystopian novels and love stories (especially love triangles!!) I was excited to start reading this book. But more and more throughout this book my expectations were quickly let down due to the lack of suspense and action in the plot. Let's start with the synopsis of this book...
Cassia, the protagonist, lives in a dystopian society which basically controls all of the inhabitants way of living: education, food type and dosage, work specification, dreams and most 'importantly': relationships. We come to know Cassia as a timid and compliant character who primarily loves and trusts the society she lives in. This all changes once it is her turn to be matched. There seems to be a glitch in the system of her selection process where she is not only matched with one boy but two. A boy who not only also lives in the same society Cassia, but is also known as an 'Aberration'- who acquired his status due to an Infraction on behalf of his father.
The main thing which disturbed me the most of this book was the pace. There is no other way to describe the pace of this book other then that it was utterly slow, slow, slow. In every other chapter I was hoping for something exciting to happen, some action, a twist, or some hot romance, but on and on I was disappointed. I appreciated the author's writing style, which was intensely poetic and full of metaphors, but the paragraphs and pages Ally Condie decided to spend on to describe one single emotion was just at times unbearable to a point I had to take a break from all the sappy and corny portrayals.
Another thing which disappointed my expectations was Cassia. Her thoughts and constant doubts of her self annoyed and bored me. It was not until towards the end she became a bit more independent, brave, and confident. 90% of the book was filled with, 'should I pursue this love? Does he really love me? Should I reveal my 'secret'?, is the society really controlling us? Oh noo what should I dooo..?', etc, etc. She was overall a dull character who didn't entice my 'nerves' to find her in any way exciting or interesting.
The love triangle was basically in my opinion non existing and not romantic, inspiring or enthralling at all. The love between Ky and Cassia just didn't do it for me, and her 'love' for Xander was from the first page already boring. Overall, again, my expectations for a thrilling love triangle was let down completely.
The amount of information revealed to the reader about the society was scarce. How did the society come to be? Why and how could this entirely work without constant rebellions? What war is precisely going on outside of the borders and why? Not only the information exposed of the society but also the backgrounds of the characters was sporadic... Overall, due to the lack of emotion and information revealed on the society and characters made it extremely hard for me to feel any emotions for them or care for them at all.
I have given this book 3 stars thanks to Ally Condie's expand imagination and beautiful writing syle, which was unfortunately often too overloaded with poetic associations of emotions and descriptions. Unfortunately the characters, their romances (which I did not care much for), the dystopian society (which confused and annoyed me to boredom), and the complete lack of twists and excitement was a complete let down.
I have yet to decide whether I am going to pursue in the following books of the trilogy.
You can also get it in Kindle Edition by clicking here Matched