Matched (Matched #1)
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 glit...more
First thing first. I think Ally Condie owes at least half of her seven-figure paycheck to Lois Lowry. The entire dystopian world is lifted directly from Lowry's The Giver. Almost everything interesting in Matched is very familiar - the idea of highly controlled Society (the Community in The Giver), the prearranged Matches, uniform clothing, the pills suppressing emotions, predetermination of everyone's life course, euthanized elderly, regulated personal possessions, th...more
That beautiful cover is mean. It drew me right in with its pretty lime green bubble bait of death. Can't help wanting to have some of my favorite color on my reading shelf. Hnnnnng. It said, "READ ME OR I WILL MURDER YOU FAMILY." And I bought it so it'd stop glaring at me in the teeny-bopper section of B&N.
I opened Matched, and snails came at me with their shells and antennae of slime and grime and chime and dime. SNAILS EVERYWHERE. I couldn't m...more
I borrowed it from the library and watched it with my sister one afternoon, expecting horror greatness. I popped some corn, we bumped elbows and on it went. She grabbed a cushion for safety.
While the starting creds are up, I look at the box and say to her, "It's PG-13."
She screws up her face. "What?"
"PG-13," I say. "Look."
"Hm." She looks back at the screen, then at the creepy picture of the silhouette monster with big scary claws on the back. "Well, thirteen-ye...more
I wanted to like this book.... actually I wanted to love it, but I didn't. I had a very hard time getting though this novel. I even had to take a break from it completely, and I only kept reading because of the encouragement from others that had read it, insisting that it would get better. It didn't get a whole lot better for me.
I guess my biggest problem was that I was bored for mos...more
I sat down Friday afternoon with my friend's ARC (and...more
Basically, this is your book if you want more bland romance and less dystopia in your YA dystopia.
The night of Cassia's Matching, she is as nervous as she can be. Why wouldn't she be? It's one of the biggest nights of her life, the night she will meet her Match and see who she will spend the rest of her life in love with. Her best friend Xander is announced as her Match, unusual enough as it is because two M...more
Let me tell you what happens in this book.
Cassia is all set to marry whoever the Society tells her to marry. The day after her unexpected and highly rare Match to her best friend Xander she sees the portrait of another boy she knows, Ky, appear on her computer scree...more
It's a trailer I watched on Youtube, and I was intrigued about it.
At first, I thought it was just another best friend-loves-best friend-loves-new guy thing. I was right, but not what I expected. It got better and better as I read more.
(Note: If you think like a writer, you'll know something that might happen.)
The plot reminded me a little of Hunger Games (perfect/imperfect Society, rebellion) but it's still great :)
In the middle of the book, I just then...more
Soo... basic storyline being of a society where officials decide every aspect of a person's life from the big stuff as in who they'll marry (or be 'matched' with) and when they'll die to the little stuff like what they eat, how they dress and their daily routines. The story tells how Cassia is matched to a boy but falls for another and suddenly begins to question the rules of the society, heading as she does so straight into a world of secrets and danger. Great sounding plot, am I right? Too ba...more
[Warning: I'm not sure if this turned out to be a review or a philosophical discussion, or some freaky lovechild of the two. Bear with me...]
Matched can be an enjoyable, engaging read, but it more often tends to be melodramatic and overwritten at times. It's the type of story that definitely requires willing suspension of disbelief -- otherwise, you'll constantly be asking yourself how this world came to be, and wondering what happened to all of the rebellious sp...more
Okay I promised I'll write an in depth review so here it is and I'll try to not put biggie spoilers. (I'm going to use Q & A style of reviewing this time)
What made you pick-up the book?
> I actually watched a book trailer in Youtube (the link to that vid was way down there somewhere) so and yeah I got intrigued by that video and then I go to goodreads and read reviews about it. I was a bit shock about the mix reviews, some was positive and some was negative. So because of it I t...more
But the truth is a bit more complex than that. Its taken me a few weeks to mull over my reaction to Matched, the...more
I've been putting off writing a review about Matched for as long as I can, so I think it's finally time to try and summarise my thoughts about the book in the best context possible.
Rating: 4 stars.
In a dystopian futuristic America, the society dictates everything from what you eat to who you marry and when you die. There is no room for negotiation or argument with these rules: no choice but to conform to every direct demand. To rebel means to have an aberration...more
Matched is extremely character-centric...more
this is one i might be too old for. a lot of people compare this to The Giver, and i get it, in that they are both these forced-utopias, but then, so is The Stepford Wives, yeah? but since i didn't like the giver, i can't really complain that this was a rip-off, because neither of them did very much for me, so i'm not going to go waving any flags around in either's defense. you are on your own, books...
but if i had to.
this one may have been slightly more entertaining to me because it was le...more
Wow. That was not what I expected at all. What a total snorefest. I was prepared to be blown away by the awesomeness hidden in these pages. Instead, I was so so disappointed. Such a shame, because the idea sounded amazing and I was so excited, I didn’t hesitate one second when I saw it in the bookstore even though it’s cheaper to buy online. I was expecting it to be fantastic, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. Not at all. It didn’t even come close to fantastic. Frankly, it was boring. Dul...more
So, anyway, there was a big gap in my galley pile that could only be filled by some quality YA distopian fiction. When I went to the YA Editors' Buzz panel and heard about "Matched" I thought "Yes!...more
I didn't feel like sitting through that so I skipped to the end and was still bored.
Done with this series.
I haven’t written a review in a long time, so forgive me if I seem out of touch.
Let’s get started shall we?
In my opinion, the only thing worse than a horrible book, is a boring book. A book that you cannot get through without an alarmingly large number of yawns and breaks to get your daily required fix of entertainment (that the book failed to provide). Reading this book was like a chore. I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t like it and I didn’t f...more
As much as we love reading the same genre books like Fantasy,Children and Young Adult, we realized that we haven't read enough same books together this year.
Tiffany use to say that if I were to write a book, this is how I would write one. That when she read it, it reminded her very much of me.
After having read this book, I must say that I am very flattered.
Honestly, this is only the third Dystopian novel I have read after The Hunger Games and Di...more
Cassia byla přesvědčená o neomylnosti Správců. Věřila, že vědí, co děla...more
Okay - so I was completely PUMPED about it. I am an unashamed fan of a good love triangle - tension! drama! heart-ache-y choices! swooning! Also - a dystopian, well, it's a fascinating setting to explore all kinds of themes and deliver some twisted showdowns.
Matched begins with the Matching Banquet,...more
This book is about a girl names Cassia Reyes who on her 17th birthday will be 'matched'. Cassia has always trusted in the society and never before questioned them. The society makes everyone's choices and controls how they live their lives -what to read, what to watch, what to believe and who they will be married too. So when her best friend Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete c...more
Matched started off with...more
But the ending totally made up for it!!
The story of Cassia, Ky and Xander plays in a world where everything is decided for you. Of course it's for the best... What you eat, what you work, what you know and of course, also who you love. Every one (apart from the ones that are supposed to stay Single) get "...more
The Society is perfect. The Officials plan out everything. What you eat and where you work. Who you love, and even when you die. Not making your own decisions is a small price to pay for having a long, healthy life, and the people blindly follow the Society’s rules. Cassia Reyes has complete faith in the Officials’ choices. And there’s no reason she shouldn’t; her life has been wonderful so far. At seventeen years old, Cassia is ready to be paired with her ideal match-for-life at her Ma...more
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