Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Matched is a futuristic want-to-be utopia for a country kind of like ours...called the Society.  This story follows Cassia, who is supposed to be "matched" in the beginning of this novel.  Within the society where Cassia lives, everything is decided for you...what and how much you eat, how much you exercise, where you live, who you marry, etc.  This has all been pre-determined by other members of the society that study you and statistics about you to decide what is best-suited for your person. 

Cassia is very excited about her Match Banquet, which will decide and introduce her to her match...whom she will marry in a few years after chaperoned courting.  While at the banquet, Cassia is matched with her best friend from childhood, Xander.  When you are matched, you are given an information chip that you plug into to a view screen at home to learn everything there is to know about your match.  Cassia puts this off for a little while...after all, why does she need to read Xander's interests and things such as his favorite color when she already knows them all?  But, when Cassia does put the chip in, something disconserting happens...Xander is not listed on the chip...Ky is, a classmate who also happens to be an adopted orphan that has been already pre-determined to be a single (a member of society who will never marry, based upon some reason or another).

At this point, Cassia becomes very unsure of herself and the Society itself.  If a mistake like this could be made, what other mistakes have been made?  She understands that these decisions are made so that people can live out their lives to their fullest potential as well as being able to live a long and healthy life.  But wait, even that long and healthy life is cut short when her grandfather is put to death at the age of 80...when all members of the Society die. 

This book reminded me a lot of 1984 by George Orwell.  Other members of my book club say it's like the Hunger Games series as well...I don't know since I have yet to read those (they are on my to-read list, though!)  I do think that perhaps 1984 is the basis and origin of a lot of these types of dystopian novels since it was the original of these pieces of literature.  Matched is an excellent young adult novel and made for a quick and easy read.  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of this series!

1 comment:

  1. I read it this weekend and really liked it too. The next book doesn't come out until Nov 2011 though...that is just too far away. All these dang series are killing me.



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