While I haven’t jumped on every single hopeless romantic young adult novel/series, Ally Condie’s Matched was one I simply couldn’t put down. The first in her trilogy about love, rebellion, and (perhaps) the future, Matched is an excellent read.
Cassia is a 17-year-old who is “matched” with the person “The Society” has determined is her best fit. They’d know, of course, because they are monitoring her every move (and perhaps thought). But, it turns out, there is a twist of fate. The Society appears to have made a mistake in the matching and leads her to believe she has a chance at a match with someone Society has deemed un-matchable.
While I’d hope our world wouldn’t come to the rigid life that Cassia and her family must endure, I have to say it is entirely possible. We live in a world where technology is getting smarter and smarter, and perhaps, the need for people “built” to do certain things and do them well could one day be upon us. Frankly, I don’t want to live in that world, let me chose my own dinner and match, thank you very much! Yet, at the same time, the way Condie describes this world, it’s not too far out of reach.
Living in somewhat of a bubble growing up, I identified with Cassia. There are powers that be that watch your moves, and if they don’t like it, they are sure to call you out on it. In my story, I was a lot luckier than Cassia and was able to find the person for my forever on my own. I’ll be able to live past 80 (God willing) instead of having to pass when Society serves me my final meal. Sure, Cassia still has some choices (like what color dress to wear to her Match Banquet), but they are few and far between.
When her match is potentially jeopardized, Cassia must decide if she is falling for her real match, her best friend OR if she’ll let Society lead her to follow her heart and fall for the guy who never really crossed her mind?
Being the first book in a trilogy, Matched left me yearning for more. There are two more books in this series, Crossed and Reached, completing the story of a love triangle and rebellion against the norm. I’ll be sure to pick these up next!
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Disclaimer:This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.