FROM THE STASH is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work, as well as safeguard my reviews for posterity.
Matched by Ally Condie
Published: November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Format/Source: Hardback borrowed from library
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Originally Reviewed: June 2012
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
I selected this book based off an article that listed books that you might consider reading if you want to read more Hunger Games type of books. Also on that list were Divergent and Delirium. I liked those.
I did not really like this one.
Dystopia with a utopian-type society, Matched has a controlling government in place in order to ensure the absolute happiness and best way of life for all of its citizens. Of course, there’s exceptions, like those who break the rules or even the sons of those who do. But ultimately, the Society wants people to live longer, mix genetics in only optimal matches, eat only the appropriate calories and nutrients needed for them as an individual, and know to expect a peaceful death at age 80.
But it’s a government that is fighting this ambiguous war on its borders and cracks are beginning to show…
But Cassia Reyes is really only concerned with boys. It’s more love triangle than a ‘fight the system’ dystopia. Perhaps it was compared to The Hunger Games due to the love triangle. It felt a little shallow to me compared to the others I’ve now read. I won’t swear off the series; I’ll read the next ones if I come across them. But I won’t actively seek them out…I think.