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.
Let me just start out by saying that if you absolutely love this book, you might not want to read this review. I'm probably downright harsh at times.
And I also want to say that I'm biased against this book and always have been, because of the love triangle. I've gotten to the point where it doesn't matter how good the love triangle is written - I hate it. I'm tired of seeing some form of a love triangle in practically every single book. Sorry, but how many girls do you know that have two guys in love with them? Not enough to fill all these books, that's for sure.
And no, I don't just hate love triangles because they're overused. I have other reasons that would take up way too much of this post. Maybe another post can be full of my rant ;D
Anyway, I can't say that Matched was a terrible book. It wasn't. Cassia was a rational character who didn't do stupid things very often. But I just had too many problems with it to enjoy it, the love triangle being only one of them. I thought it was interesting, how she saw Xander's face and then Ky's flashed, but I couldn't help but wonder how the Society could have let that happen. If they've been doing it for awhile, kinks should be worked out, yeah? >_>
(I want to also admit that I skimmed a lot of parts in this book. I'm easily bored.)
And here I'm going to do the unspeakable. I'm going to compare Matched to another book O_O Don't hate me. Please. And please don't hate me when I say I'm going to compare it to The Hunger Games. I promise that it's not just because they're both dystopians.
There was a lot of things in Matched that reminded me of THG, but there was especially one line, when Cassia was with Xander towards the end of the book. She was thinking about how she could be in that one moment without the Society watching, and the line was honestly practically the same line as in one of The Hunger Games novels, except, y'know, with "Capitol" instead of "Society."
My biggest problem, though, was Cassia herself. Say what you want about Katniss being a cold-hearted bitch, (I can't argue with that) but at least Katniss was brave. She did practically everything she could to defy the Capitol. To me, Cassia was weak. By the end of the book, she pretty much hates the Society. She doesn't like them very much in the middle, either. But what does she do about it? Not very much. I feel like all she really did to defy the Society was fall in love with Ky.
Another problem I had was that I felt like too much of the book was about romance. I would have liked to see more plot involving other things. Because in the end, pretty much every little thing still came back to Xander or Ky.
AND THE MISTAKES. I mean, the book wasn't littered with them, but there were still too many for a published book. I mean, one mistake is too many for a published book, if you ask me, but >_>
Overall: Okay, yeah, this was barely a review. It was really just a rant of how much I hated the book. But I'll be honest - even if the idea wasn't original, some of the things Condie did with it were nice twists. So instead of one star, it gets two :P (And the cover is really, really awesome.)