Matched (Matched Trilogy) Audio CD
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The story starts with Cassia about to attend the ceremony where she gets to find out who she is to be Matched with,.ie. who she'll marry when she's older. For most people this is usually someone they've never met before but Cassia's match ends up being her best friend, Xander. The matchees are given data cards with information about their match, obviously pointless to Xander and Cassia, they grew ip together after all but Cassia decides to take a look anyway, only to have a picture of another boy flash up on the screen briefly. Cassia wonders if there has been some mistake. Could it be that this boy is actually her match. It's strange because Society doesn't make mistakes and even stranger because she also knows the other boy, Ky.
In lots of ways, Matched is very typical of dystopian fiction. An 'ideal' world where everything is controlled to the extreme, supposedly for the good of the people and a protagonist who starts to doubt the rules. It's a very well written and interesting story. There's probably not enough depth to some of the characters but I think that will come with future books in the series. It would have been too overwhelming to go too much into this as well as setting up and explaining the storyworld. Saying that however, I adored both the relationship between Cassia and Xander and that which grew between Cassia and Ky.
Throughout, the book was really enjoyable and was one that I could have quite easily read through in one go if I'd had the time to be able to do that.Read more ›
The first thing that struck me about Matched was Ally Condie's writing. I know some people will probably disagree with me, but I thought it was brilliant. Certain passages were so beautifully written that they almost read like poetry, and I couldn't tear my eyes away. It's such a strong start to the series, and you wouldn't guess it was Condie's first dystopian novel. It's SO GOOD
Condie's world building was also fantastic. The society was mysterious and suffocating, and the idea that choice and free will no longer exists was a scary thought. I think I speak for everyone when I say that a world where you couldn't choose who to marry or how many children to have would be a nightmare. Not to mention the fact that, in Cassia's world, even your death is preordained. Nothing is left to chance, and to me that's the worst thing that could ever happen to individuals in a society. It would lead to mundane existences and a neverending routine filled with rules and regulations. No thanks. I have no idea how Cassia coped with it, though when it's all you've ever known, I guess it's easy to.
At first, I thought Cassia was quite a bland, nondescript character.Read more ›
When l first started to read this, it was clear Ally is a great writer. She writes in a lovely way where the story flows really well and nothing in the book, e.g. emotions & actions, feel forced. What l did feel is lack of 'excitement' which l usually feel around books which keep me wanting to read the next page, l didn't think it was a great page turner and until the last 70 pages l felt l could easily put the book down and not care about how it ends. This is a big thing for me and can be because of different reasons. I felt this time l just didn't connect strongly with the main characters, although l liked them it felt like a circle of the same thing happening over and over and not a lot actually happened in the first 200ish pages when you compare it from the beginning of the book.
Matched has often been compared to other books like Delirium and while l think there is a comparison to be made l do feel Matched stands out on it's own and has lots to offer by itself. Ally has created a world which feels very real but l felt it gives you a lot of unanswered questions. For example (as it says in the blurb) the government chooses who they are matched with and will marry. While this is explained in some ways, for me it didn't explain it deep enough and l felt it could of made the book feel much more real if things were explained more.
For me, the ending made this book go up from a 3 star rating to a 4. It really improves in the end l can see the second book will be much better now the characters are introduced. l just hope that more of the world around them is explained a bit better and why some rules are in place.
Overall this is a good read, l did enjoy it but it won't be in my top reads like l thought and hoped it would be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Will probably be 5 stars once I have read it seeing all the reviews on it, they all seem really positive about the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was recommended this book after reading and loving the hunger games books. It's good, in a different way! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greggers
This book and the whole series in fact are just brilliant. Compeletly keeped me Hooked! The whole idea I believe is very creative and the series covers most small details as much... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Skitty
Excellent,my daughter couldn't put the book down and eagerly looked forward to the next book.Published 7 months ago by Saffron
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Book is a very good read and would recommend to any twilight or hunger games book fan
Brilliant story but i struggled to connect with the main characters, will continue with the series though as i love the plot linePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The premise of this book is massively intriguing - I bought it on a whim because although I'm not usually into romances I thought this would include a lot of the dystopian themes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa Jade