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June 1, 2011
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I had read about this book on a ya book blog, and wanted to check it out. To be honest, I am not a big ya fan, but because I now have a ya reader in my household, I have been reading more ya material so that I can have a coherent conversation about what my ya is reading. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. The subject matter is dystopian, and while the exploration of the dystopian society doesn't seem to cover any ground that hasn't been covered before, what I liked was the story abou ...more
Ashley D--
I read this because of the cover, and because it seemed like an up-and-coming teen book. It was just okay. I liked some of the ideas in it, but I kind of hated Cassia and Ky. Also their names. Yech. Katniss, Katsa, Cassia, enough already. And Ky? Gross. I think Xander had an unfair advantage because of his Buffy namesake, but he seemed like a worthwhile kind of guy. From the premise, I thought this book would be more thrilling than it was. I really liked the idea, but the absence of anything que ...more
Matched is in the same genre of dystopian novel that's been very popular lately, so it shares some common features with Hunger Games, Legend, and other novels of the same ilk: the overly controlling government, lack of personal choices, slowly revealed corruption, etc. However, this one is lighter than some of the others, with more of a romance focus. It's set in a The Giver style society where everything is chosen for you, down to who you will marry and what your career will be. There were also ...more
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A very interesting book and a good balance between the romantic and science-fiction. It took me a little while to get hooked but the writing smoothes out after a few chapters making for a great read. The author has also added some great twists and I love how she includes the stories of other people making the story extremely multi-layered. It's not just about deciding WHO to love, but rather discovering the real you in a society that forbids self-expression. An excellent concept for teenagers, y ...more
Bethany Erickson
No new ground covered in this dystopian story. Fortunately, it lacks language/sexuality/violence present in many YA fiction. Discussion tie-ins: probability, statistics, poetry (including Dylan Thomas obviously), societal issues (of course).
I wanted to like this book more, but I just couldn't get invested in the characters. It did hold me to the end, and I will check out the second one, so I guess it really wasn't that bad. It was just predictable, but still entertaining.
good story, but the writing could have been a lot better.
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