On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her match. The Society dictates that he is her perfect partner for life, except he's not.
In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy,
she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that's when her whole world
begins to unravel...
Matched is set some time in the future after the dissolution of our contemporary society and the simplifying of culture. The characters of this book live in a dystopian society that provides everything they could need while simultaneously controlling their life. The main character, Cassia Reyes, is a rule-abiding and ordinary citizen of the Society who is eagerly awaiting the next step of her life: her Match. Earning a Match by being a compliant citizen, the Society chooses for you who you should marry based on a number of compatibilities. Unusually, Cassia is Matched with her best friend rather than someone she’s never met before. But when she is handed a microchip with more information on her Match, another boy’s face appears on the screen and she can’t get him out of her head.
The story of Matched became fairly suspenseful in the latter half of the book when Cassia realizes just how little of her life she controls and she fights to hold onto that miniscule piece. I just wanted her to fight harder. At the end of the book, I got the feeling that Cassia began to play along with Society in the hopes of being able to be with Ky. And to be honest, I didn’t understand why she wanted to be with Ky so much. He was the handsome and silent type that gave her pieces of his story drawn on napkins. Perhaps the second book will reveal their actual relationship rather than Cassia’s longing of something she can’t have?
Condie has an amazing talent with the English language and writes with such an ease and intelligence that it makes me want to read more. Usually, I’m not a fan of the first person present tense, but this is easily forgotten. Though I have yet to finish the book, I think Condie’s Society is built up rather well, though not to the extent of something like Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Cassia, though at first apprehensive and understandably so, is a character of great strength yet vulnerability.