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.
Matched was one of those novels that I heard nothing but good things about. I've heard that it's supposed to be one of those Hunger Games amazing novels and when I heard it was dystopia I was very eager to read it. The novel started out slowly introducing the reader to the world that the main character Cassia lives in, a world where the Society controls everything and where the Officials enforce the rules and the way of life they all know. It started off an a very interesting note, with it beginning at the Matching ceremony that author Ally Condie explained clearly. It was like that for every other event and simple tool or object that could be found within the Society, the way Condie explained it all with so much depth and understanding that I could imagine everything so realistically. From the green, blue and red tablets to the air-trains that people in the novel would travel on.
Throughout the novel, I couldn't stop wondering about the mystery behind the red tablet. About what it could possibly be and after many wild guesses that I threw out there and some of Cassia's guesses I wasn't prepared for what they really did until the point in the novel where it is revealed. That was one of many major shockers that came from Matched. The most entertaining and mysterious things about the novel is finding out who Cassia really is meant to be with, if she's meant to be with the boy she has known all of her life and the one she was matched with or for the boy whose story Cassia finds intriguing, but who was also her accidental match.
In the novel, I was always wondering about the Officials. They seemed really frightening and very secret. With how obsessed they seem with keeping things the way they were meant to be and doing all of their actions based on statistics and things that they see on screens. The way Condie crafted them made them seem like the ultimate forces to be reckoned with...they could turn you into an Aberration or give you an infraction. Everything about them was just *shivers* weird, from their white coats to their mysteries. Especially that one Official who continues to warn Cassia about (not saying ;).
I also fell in love with Ky, the whole love triangle concept seems a bit overdone (remember I said 'seems') but Condie made it work. She gave both of the boys lovable qualities, but I think that Ky is the better choice. Even though he is an Aberration and is from the Outer Provinces. I fell in love with his personality. He came off shy and sweet. Especially when he began to teach Cassia how to write and gave her papers with words for only her to see. It made my heart melt. Every time he said something to Cassia it was sweet and romantic and just totally amazing. As for Xander well he came off like a jerk to me and maybe it's just me, but I totally saw him as a jerk.
The best part of Matched were all of the details, if you love a novel that has the proper amount of details to form vivid pictures in your brain *points at book* you will love Matched. I could see everything playing out in front of me like a movie and every sentence was filled with so much emotion that you could easily feel what Cassia was feeling. I won't be afraid to admit that at one point early in the novel I cried.
I recommend this to anybody who wants a dystopian romance where the government is in charge of almost everything and how our main character has to make tons of choices that will affect not only herself but other people as well.