“Distopian YA is hot and Matched is the latest version. It has all the elements The Hunger Games and Uglies had as well. Love triangles, strict 'big brother' societies and fast paced action writing which keeps you on the tip of your seat until the very end, which, alas, isn't an actual end, but a springboard for the second installment coming next year. That's one shame, but I suppose new authors all have to sign up for package deals; just like hot movies, books are there to sell. Still, it is a gripping read, with interesting ideas and some good characters. Some things happen a bit too quickly to my liking, but I still think I'll be there, November 2011, for the second book in the series.”Eva wrote this review Monday, January 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm speechless. I'm not speechless because the book was -that- amazing (don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was really good), but because the Society has stolen my words and has locked burned them in the incinerators (figuratively speaking).
The book leaves us on a cliffhanger. A good one though, we know exactly what to expect from the next installment. Cassia is going to go find poor Ky who has been sent off to war.
This book was well worth the wait. Ever since finding out that the school library had an ARC of this book back in June, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Sadly, however, the book was taken out before I managed to get a grasp on it. And then it wasn't returned when the next school year began. And then November came, the book came out, and the book STILL wasn't returned. By that point, however, I ordered the book and planned read it almost immediately. Of course, that didn't happen because of school work and a million other things I had to read, but eventually I sat down, read the book, and adored it.
This is one of those books where there isn't one character that I didn't like (well, except the Official, but I doubt she counts). Cassia was fine - there were points were I'd usually be mad a character for doing what she did, but something about it didn't bug me. I really liked Xander too - for about half the book I liked him as much (if not more) than Ky. Ky, though, was amazing. At first I had my doubts about him (if you can call them that... more like, I wasn't adoring him like I somewhat expected to), but he quickly proved them wrong. I love his poetry and well... just everything about him. I feel so bad for him, too. Nothing seems to go right.
The book's lack of a plot and its pure set up quality didn't bug me all too much. It was clear that it was trying to set up the Cassia/Ky relationship, and it did that well. The writing style was nice, clean, and simple.
The Society was interesting and it is one of the few dystopian societies where I feel that they are actually trying to care for the people and not make their lives a living hell. Bravo. Even if it is a bit like the government in the Giver, I still like how it almost went more in depth in the Society's aspects more so than the Giver. Its hard to explain, it just felt.... different. It also felt different from the other Dystopian books (there are a large number of them) that I've read so far.
Another thing that I love - the parents are -normal-. In so many young adult novels (and adult too), the parents always seems to be strange, absent, unthoughtful, evil, problematic, etc. Cassia's parents were completely loving, sweet, and played the typical (or, well, as typical as it can get in the society) role for parents to play.
Honestly, I have no specific complaints about this book. In fact, I'm not quite sure why I'm not favoriting it - maybe its because I have this gut sense that crossed is going to be great and I'm saving it for that. I have this feeling that I'm going to be back and forth on whether I should favorite this book for a while. Either way, I can't wait for Crossed - it sounds like its going to be great (ugh, awful rhyme there)! ”
“This book was OK. It reminded me a lot of The Giver, just more modern. There wasn't anything really amazing about it, but there wasn't anything horrible about it. It's worth following the series, so I will probably grab the sequel when it comes out. ”reecie wrote this review Saturday, January 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a difficult book to review, but I'll try.
Cassia lives in a perfect world, where the Society makes decisions for her. What she eats, where she works, where she lives, and who gets married or not. The story begins when they select her perfect match. In this case, is her best friend Xander. But there is a little mistake, and Cassia sees a picture of another boy, instead of Xander’s picture. And is when cassia starts wondering if the Society is making the correct decisions.
She lives in a world without freedom. She can not take any decision. She lives in a society completely different from ours, one that imposes fear and respect. From the very first moment, I liked what the story was about. Specially the way how cassia started changing her oppinion about the Society.
This book is dense, slow, so the readers that are looking for a story with more action and more romance, may be a little dissapointed. The author gives much emphasis on how is the Society where they live, how it works, but never gets to explain how it arises, or why are they like this. There are only a few mentions about the past.
I liked it. I think this book could be considered as an introduction to the world they live, and I think if the author decides, she can bring us a second book with more action, more romance and more development.
I give it three stars: I like it.”
“This is such a good book. It reminds me of The Giver and The Hunger Games in one story. Both about finding your way and deciding what's right. I definitely want to have this book, the start of a trilogy, on my shelf.”Sonia H wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A slow starting book with a dragging storyline. It's so slow, even at the end it didn't seem to end just right. This book was okay but not something I would recommend to others.”Treanna N wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hunger Games meets Brave New World meets the Giver meets an intriguing romance...the perfect world-everyone has a nutritionist and exercise is mandated. Dreams are monitored and you are matched with your ideal mate (provided you want one). S/he is selected for you based on breeding...and Cassia is really good at sorting...now she has to sort her love interest (who is not her match)...”Ms. Ressler wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ, and i read alot...”Shannon M wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I did enjoy reading this book a lot. To me it was a combination of The Giver and The Uglies. It had the society of no choice, with the outer society that nobody understands anything about and everyone fears. I did like the main character - she seems pretty strong. I liked Grandpa the most:)”elephantreads wrote this review Friday, January 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No