Everyone of my friends who read Matched before me gave it different rating – so much so that I had no idea if I would like the book or not. I’m glad it turned out that way, because if I had high expectations, this book would have bombed big time. Going in tentative, this novel ended up being a solid okay read. Which is promising for the series if the writing and stakes are increased with each volume.
Matched is understated and slow paced. I mean that in a positive light. It reflects the attitudes and landscape our protagonist: carefully filtered to keep things in an artificial balance. It’s unrealistic and unsustainable; and we start to see cracks before the end of the novel.
But the main part of this story revolves around Cassia awakening to the thought that she wants choice. Choice pf who she is matched to, choice of her vocation… and that line of thinking is dangerous to their society.
The characters are rich and we take time to get to know them through Cassia’s perspective. It feels very organic as each of the cast grows and develops.
I found myself wanting more fast paced action and for Cassia to stand up and challenge the system – but it’s an easy mistake to make – the would not have worked for this novel, or for Cassia. She hasn’t found her feet yet. But it left me excited for where the next two books in this trilogy.
Ally Condie’s writing style is effortless. She paints colourful backdrops with a breezy prose with you can get through quickly – which helps because of the slow pacing.
I was a little disappointed in the world building. There wasn’t enough information for me to get interested in Cassia’s plight. It was the relationship that drew me in. I’m hoping we get the origins. mythology, and reasons behind this dystopian world better explored in Crossed before I get too frustrated in the series.
I can’t say that the book was predictable, because there wasn’t enough resolution for me to sink my teeth into. I still have so many unanswered questions. And the last few chapters dropped so many teasers. I’m kind of thinking this isn’t a book I recommend unless you’re committed to the entire trilogy.