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 glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Matched is set in a dystopian world where Society controls everything - the food they eat, the jobs they would have, their every day schedule, and even whom they love.
The story starts off with Cassia's Match Banquet. When she the face of Xander, her best friend, on the screen, she isn't surprised at all. That is, until later on when another boy's face is shown on the screen - Ky Markham.
Now, Cassia is faced with an impossible task. She must make a choice between Xander and Ky, between the boy that's been her best friend since childhood, or the boy she never even really notice before - a choice she never really had in the first place.
Matched started off quite good and then it got a bit boring then good again. The book was unoriginal. The pace was a little bit slow until the end. The first 2/3 of the book, I wasn't really interested. But the book managed to redeem itself near the end.
My excitement for the book went down since it took me so long to pick it up. Overall, I give it 3.5 stars. I couldn't really connect with the characters. I really like the world they live in but I would not want to live like that where society makes all your choices for you. It takes away the only freedom you have.
“I am trapped in glass and I want to break out and breath deep but I´m too afraid that it will hurt.”
“Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.”
“It was a little thing, a baby tree, but still it tangled with things around it and required care to move. And when she pulled it out, it's roots still clung to Earth from it's old home.”