About The Author:
Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.
About The Book:
On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel.
Positive Aspects of the Book:
~Excellent Character Developement: The bonds between the multiple characters and the different kinds of relationships Cassia had with them all were well written, empathetic and believable. I particularly enjoyed reading about the different relationships Cassia has with her parents, both of them love her (as she loves both of them), and are trusting Cassia with adult knowledge, and taking the chance she’ll be mature enough to handle it. I especially enjoyed reading about Cassia’s relationship with her Grandfather.
~Stupid Pointless Love Triangle: Although I knew it was coming, it’s in the blurb after all, and expected it be poorly handled, I was pleasantly surprised. Though I despise Love Triangles, this one was sort of relevant to the plot and was handled exceptionally well.
~Interesting Cover Art: I really like the cover design of the book
Negative Aspects of the Book:
~Plot-Hole: In a future obsessed with statistics and the perfect genetics, where have all the sperm-banks and IVF treatment centers gone? If anything, shouldn’t there be more of them now, not less? Also the age for legally having children is getting younger and younger, yet adoption and teen pregnancy (or birth control) are never mentioned. How do they make sure older women don’t get pregnant? Why are younger surrogate mothers not mentioned?
~Character Point of View: I really dislike Limited First Person Point of View, I think this book would have been much more interesting if the reader got to see other character’s POV and therefore obtain more information about this World the author has created.
~Dangerous Seventeenth Birthday: A lot of the problems I have with Matched are very similar problems I have with Divergent. I dislike the significant sixteenth (or in this case seventeenth) birthday trope, not only is it cliche it’s also bullshit. No one should be forced to decide what they want to do for the rest of their life while they’re still in the teens, especially when it’s been proven to be detrimental to people’s well-being.
~Slow Plot: While it obvious a Stupid Pointless Love Triangle would emerge eventually, it took a long time for the Dystopian Future plot-ball to get rolling, there was very little physical description and poor world building. Although the relationship between Cassia and Ky was engaging enough to read, their relationship wasn’t engaging enough to carry the novel. Like with Divergent, instead of interesting Dystopian Sci-Fy novel with a Romance sub-plot, the reader is treated to a mediocre Young Adult Romance with small hints of a Dystopian Future.
Overall, Ally Condie presented interesting three dimensional characters and a potentially interesting concept, however I don’t think the Author thought through all the bigger ramifications of a future like this or all of the potential plot-possibilities.