Matched (Matched #1)
by Ally Condie
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I’m not sure why I waited such a long time to read this book -since it caught my attention from the beginning, but I have finally checked it off my list. It’s possible that my expectations were too high, but overall, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It was good, but it wasn’t one of those books you just can’t put down.
The first half of the book was slow and I found myself losing interest. Cassia’s life seemed too monotonous and instead of immersing myself in the story, I spent most of the time trying to understand what everything meant, how the Society worked, etc.. It definitely didn’t pull me in from the start. However, I hung in there and toward the end it got better but not to the point where I can’t wait to read the next in the series. I will read CROSSED because it’s available at the library and because it bothers me to start something and not finish it. However, I am not a fan of love triangles, I hate the fact that someone always gets hurt. The characters are all likable which just makes the love triangle worse because I can’t pick a side. My heart aches for Xander who is so good to Cassia.
In my opinion the book was kind of “flat.” There wasn’t enough excitement, no twists and turns, just a relatively predictable story.
3 out of 5 stars