Top critical review
A decent read
on 21 May 2013
This is another one of those books that I'd heard so much about, both good and bad. As ever, I thought I'd try it to form my own opinion about it. That opinion is that Matched is alright, but it's definitely not the best dystopian book I've read.
In Matched, the society dictates who you marry and what job you do. Your life isn't really your own. Society has complete control. The idea is good, but not overly original. Ally Condie's world-building is solid and the writing is easy to read.
Cassia is a good character even though the flitting between two guys started to get a bit annoying. I think it's because I didn't find the relationships believable. I actually felt sorry for Xander, the guy she was matched with.
I do think the book has some fantastic moments. The organisation of dying completely stunned me. As if it wasn't bad enough that the society controlled how you live your life, your death was also organised. I also found it fascinating how individuals couldn't write because they became too reliant on technology. This interests me because I actually wonder if this is going to happen in the future. It's certainly a possibility.
I think part of my problem with the story is that it is fairly slow paced. I was hooked at times but I often found myself being quite bored at other times. I know this is a trilogy, so I'm intrigued to see if it does become more action-packed as the story progresses. Although, I have to admit, I'm not rushing to read the next in the series.