“Wrought with tense emotions and the struggle of one girl to love free, Matched is a brilliant coming to the dystopian genre.”
From 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.
I have heard a lot of murmurings in the blogosphere about Matched. It seems people either really love it or completely misunderstand the concept that Ally Condie was writing about. It is being marketed as dystopia when in fact Condie’s world is actually a Negative Utopia. What is the difference you ask?
Dystopia is the exact opposite of Utopia. A world where everything is turned upside down and there is an immediate problem that needs to be addressed in society. There are epics amounts of drama and the stories tend to leave you emotionally exhausted after. Negative Utopia is a society that is conditioned to the surroundings, there is plenty of food and everything seems to be mostly okay and the parts that aren’t okay no one really notices because of said conditioning. It is like an extreme communism, everyone is fed, everyone is housed, everyone is clothed, everyone is fed, but all the food, clothes, housing, jobs all the major decisions are decided for you. No free will needed.
Condie is an amazing writer that has me on the verge of my seat waiting for a sequel to Matched. Cassia is a very reluctant hero. She doesn’t want her life to change and she doesn’t really have a lot of guts. However when it matters Cassia steps up and assumes the hero position and I cannot wait to see how she is going to challenge The Society to be with the boy she truly loves.
Matched is a story of awakening, of growing up, of fighting for something you really believe in even when that doesn’t seem to be the smartest choice to make. I loved the world building and the side characters like Cassia’s grandfather. Matched really isn’t a love triangle story, which boy to choose is more the decision of which life path to take. Struggle or go with the flow of The Society.
If you like dystopia and remember that Matched is Negative Utopia you will love Matched!