Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
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.
After the Hunger Games, Publishing Houses have been looking for the new dystopian world to fill the void Mockingjay left. Matched is the one Penguin found. There’s been so many comparisons, news about the story’s copyrights among others and, however, Matched fell short for me. Matched narrates the story of Cassia, a girl who grew in a “world” where mankind’s history has been altered and the truth of it is portrayed in glimpses in a society that lives or survives based on “correct ” probabilities. In Cassia’s life everything runs according to the life every citizen is planned to life until the day her perfect match is selected and ever since her life is haunted by two faces. I must say the society presented by: Condie is interesting, but even so the “what if” term the dystopian base themselves always makes it appealing for the reader even though it does not feel as something new, special or original. I kept reading and even though Collie’s writing technique is clean and good, I kept thinking about the missing elements. There is no action, the story is slow and aside from the world itself there was no deepness in the story. The different types of relationships are fine, but certainly insipid. Surprisingly, the only one that caught my attention for its deepness was Cassia’s with her grandfather. As a reader, he was more relevant in making me see what was wrong with the world the narrator was living at. Cassia’s family core, regardless there’s a message on why the act like they do, reaches a point that after the circumstances becomes weak and there’s when I start screaming for Katniss to appear. Romance is more intellectual than physical, which is fine because of the circumstances it cannot be otherwise. Again, as a reader, I felt there’s something missing in the relationship to make it magical, to make ship battles born and the eternal debate if one or the another is “the one” invade the forums. I reached a point I didn’t cared. Cassia failed to let me see as a narrator what made Ky so special before her eyes, but I don’t think there’s an explosion of feeling just because he could write cute cursive. The worst part is that this led me to believe that the mentioned government was right of why Cassia developed “feelings“ for Ky when they are supposed to be the bad guys. The war that apparently exists in this world was mentioned between lines without letting the reader see or feel the important role this will play since it will and here is where I ask: where did the comparisons came from? When I finished reading the only comparison I had was a quilt made out of different pieces of fabric,I felt the same way about Matched, it was made out of different other stories and forged into a new one. That’s what I try to say, there’s nothing wrong with the way it’s written or narrated, the problem is the absence of that flame which makes stories unique.