Saturday, November 27, 2010

Matched by Allie Condie
Release Date: Nov 30th, 2010 by Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Details: 384 pages, hardcover
Source: Publisher (thank you Penguin!)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary (goodreads):
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. 

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion. 

o0.| My Thoughts |.0o

Can I just say that the book cover represents the book itself perfectly? It displays how Cassia feels, like she's trapped in a bubble. Silly me, at first glance I thought the book had something to do with pixies! But it doesn't.

Cassia disappointed me a few times through out the book. Mostly with things people trusted her with, she was always trying to be safe but you could tell that's not what she wanted. Still the fear of being caught would always take over. Though I could understand her fear for her family and the people she cared about. Ky was a very interesting character. His knowledge, his mysterious-ness, and his thought process was interesting. Xander, started off as a main character, but then he slowly faded into someone in the back of your mind. Xander who? I how he cared about his friends and how much he cared about Cassia, enough to let her choose on her own. And one of my favorite quotes come to mind, If you love someone, you want them to be happy. Even if it's not with you. I loved the way Ky and Cassia's story unfolded, as much as I hate slow paced books, I appreciate how well this was crafted.

Matched was a thought provoking read for me. It reminded me of the movie "Equilibrium", everyone had daily pills, everyone looked the same, no one was allowed to think. This book frustrated me a lot. But not in a negative way, it frustrated me because of the rules. People aren't allowed to create? People aren't allowed to choose? No one knew how to write with a pen?! No one knew what a pen was?! I couldn't imagine! The Officals made me want to reach through the page and strangle each and every one of them. Every time the word "officials" were on a page, my eyes would narrow. Ugh! But, with that being said, it's what made the book good. For me at least. I love when a book can provoke thought or emotion from me.

Matched is a slow paced book, it felt like an endless struggle. It wasn't until after page 150-ish that I started to be interested in the story. Overall, I did enjoy this book and it did make me stop and appreciate the freedom to do what we want. To eat what we want, when we want. To choose what we want to do with our lives and where we want to go.

o0.| Favorite Line |.0o

I don't really have a favorite line, all the pages I bookmarked were quotes that annoyed me lol.

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  1. Great review! I felt the same way about this book. It was a little slow and I didn't think there was enough action or big events, but the story with Cassia and Ky was great.

  2. I've heard great things about this book...I'll probably check it out even if it is a little slow.

  3. I felt the same way about this book, I had a really hard time reviewing it myself. I spent like 2 days thinking about the right words, but you did great!