Cassia has just turned 16, the age at which people in her society find out their "match"--the person who will statistically produce the best offspringCassia has just turned 16, the age at which people in her society find out their "match"--the person who will statistically produce the best offspring. Only in her case, she seems to have two matches--one, Xander, is universally well-liked and has been a close friend for years; the other, Ky, hides many mysteries. As she unravels this mystery, she also begins to question everything about her society, its rules, and whether the results of those rules is good or not.
In my opinion the book was pretty great--interesting characters and a well-thought-out dystopian society. Although some will compare this book to Hunger Games because of the themes (teen girl considers overthrowing her government while simultaneously considering whether to marry the "safe sweet boy" or the "mysterious boy"), in reality the book reads very differently. The fast-paced action scenes of HG are replaced with philosophical musings about the power of the written word, the value of choice and pain, and a very thorough portrait of the logical extension of living our lives based on probabilities. Because of this, I found Matched very interesting and thought-provoking but not as gripping as HG and I predict it will have a different, smaller audience....more
August (or Auggie) faces many of the same challenges any new kid in middle school faces: where to sit at lunch, how to find friends, how to deal withAugust (or Auggie) faces many of the same challenges any new kid in middle school faces: where to sit at lunch, how to find friends, how to deal with betrayal, what to do with an older sister, etc. Because of his facial deformity, he also deals with more-than-average bullying.
Despite these challenges, Auggie manages to survive school, thanks to some wonderful classmates and his devoted family. A unique aspect of this book is that it is told from the perspectives of multiple characters, allowing readers to better understand the characters' motivations and actions.
I couldn't put this book down and really enjoyed reading it! Highly recommended book for readers in upper elementary and middle school who enjoy realistic fiction, including those who are reading above their grade level. This book would also make a good read-aloud for a family or classroom discussion about bullying, students who are "different", and general middle school issues like making and keeping friends. ...more
My niece brought this book along when she spent the week with us. It has an amazing array of projects, and great pictures. Some of the directions coulMy niece brought this book along when she spent the week with us. It has an amazing array of projects, and great pictures. Some of the directions could be more clear or complete. It's a great jumping off point to get you thinking about all kinds of craft projects....more