BlogHer Book Club Review: Matched

 

Matched is a young adult novel set in a dystopian future where The Society governs everything, and everyone’s life is carefully controlled and regulated. Everyone dresses the same, extracurricular activities limited to a handful of things; even the food one eats is chosen for them.

Cassia Reyes decides to be Matched – the Society will pair her with a boy who has been deemed her ideal mate in every way. At her Matching Ceremony, Cassia is Matched with her best friend, Xander. She is ecstatic until a glitch in the system causes a second face to flash on the screen before her. Ky, the mysterious boy who came to her town years before suddenly smiles back at her and Cassia is floored.  Cassia finds her faith in The Society shaken to the core – how could this be? What if they don’t know what’s best? What if she could have a choice? What if they are wrong?

I found Matched easy to read, but the writing isn’t what I’d call simple. I found it easy to imagine myself living  in this future where choice is almost non-existent. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I liked that Cassia changed and grew through the story; at first, she is a naive teenage girl who wholly believes in The Society, but she ends up questioning authority in a very ‘damn the man’ sort of way. The love triangle is a little typical and predictable of a young adult story, but it wasn’t too sappy. And there were no sparkly vampires involved, so that’s ALWAYS a plus.

Matched is a trilogy and though I liked the book, I haven’t made up my mind if I’m going to continue reading the series. I have some other books on my “to-read” list that take precedence. Overall, I enjoyed Matched and recommended it to my best friend to read. If you like the Hunger Games, try Matched. It’s not as good, gritty, or poignant as the Hunger Games but it is enjoyable and nice, light reading.

DISCLOSURE: I received both monetary compensation and a copy of Matched for this post as part of the BlogHer Book Club. You can read more about this book or join the discussion by visiting the BlogHer Book Club’s discussion of Matched. Though this was a compensated post, I really did enjoy this book. These thoughts and words are 100% authentic, and 100% my own.