March 24, 2011
Condie, A. (2010). Matched. New York, NY: Dutton Childrens Books.
In Cassia’s society Officials choose everything for the citizens, from what they eat to who they marry. When Cassia is matched with her best friend, life couldn’t get better. Until an error makes her rethink everything. It seems most YA books being publishes include love triangles. This one is no different. However, Cassia really does have a hard time choosing and it doesn’t seem added just to create drama. While the romance is front and center, imagine Twilight meets The Giver, the political intrigue set-up for the later books is far more interesting. On that same note, this book draws to a natural conclusion, the hero makes her choices, and there are consequences and delights in it, but then it wears out its welcome. The last few chapters are merely set-up for later books in the series, which will leave some readers unsatisfied.
Just a quick note: The audiobook is great, but the end really seems to drag here. I would have just picked up the book if it wasn’t checked out at my library.
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