Before I read this book, I heard a lot of amazing things about it. But I didn't do much research. I read the inside of the cover, read the author reviews on the back, but that was all, really.
It wasn't at all what I expected. I guess after reading THE HUNGER GAMES and the UGLIES trilogy, both dystopian novels, I thought there would be more, I don't know, action. For me, the books was much too whimsical and all together dull. The climax didn't excite me, the protagonist didn't excite me, the romance didn't even excite me. I didn't feel much of a connection to Ky despite the fact that we hear his depressing life story. I wasn't intrigued in the slightest.
The writing is good, yes. But like I said, much too whimsical and poetic for my taste.
There were several occasions when I would just put the book to the side and begin another one. I rarely do that because I like to finish what I start before initiating a new project, but I just could not sit and read MATCHED for consecutive hours.
Reasons I liked it:
- The world. As far as Dystopian stories go, I feel that Condie has created a very unique lifestyle, one that helps me sympathyze with Cassia, the protagonist. I can't do much to explain why I like the world so much. I thought that the Society was just...interesting. They limit choices - predict choices - choose which day you will die, choose who you will marry. A Society where the Officials always knew how the citizens would react, what they would choose. And lord knows if I had someone limiting my food proportions...
- The message. Don't go gentle. Even though we live in a society where everything is not already pre-ordained, I think that is a message that everybody can relate to. Don't go gentle.
- The ending. Unlike many novels, this didn't end with unicorns and rainbows even though there was impending doom about to fall upon a city. Gosh, I hate those. This ended with a taste of vengeance and a quest. On the last page of this book, the reader knows that it isn't over. Plain and simple. I like that.