In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow – between perfection and passion.
Do you value your choices? Have you ever considered what life would be like if you suddenly had no choice? You couldn’t choose your clothes, what you want for breakfast, your spouse or even how many kids you want. In Matched by Allie Condie a world like this is considered. Throughout the book, we contemplate independance and the limitations that come with a long, safe life. My favorite points of the book include the brilliant setting, the unique characters, and the empowering theme.
What first caught my attention in the novel was the dystopian setting in which diversity is obliterated. We see, in vivid detail, different areas of the community. This includes the uniform “boroughs” or neighborhoods, various spare time activities (this includes the movie theater, and a hill in which the main character, Cassia, takes a hiking class), the air train (their transportaition medium) and many more. I found it strange how similar the lives of teenagers in the novel are to teenagers today.
Also, I enjoyed the various characters I was introduced to over time. There is bubbly and charismatic Xander, anguished Ky, and thoughtful Cassia. My favorite part about the characters though, was that the author slowly revealed things through their actions that completely altered my opinion. They left me astounded.
Lastly, I was in awe of the theme. I found it genuinely amazing that the novel was not only interesting, but also inspired teens to take charge of their lives. We often forget that we have complete control over our futures. We can read, write, go to college, and live wherever we choose. Matched taught me that when faced with opression, it is most important to live on your own terms.
I found Matched to be an extremely interesting and thought provoking book. I would recommend this to anyone who to anyone who wants an exciting book that will keep them on edge. With a highly developed setting, diverse characters, and an inspirational theme all tie together to make one great book!