Having never been one for stories based around dystopian societies, I was pleasantly surprised by “Matched”. Well written, Ally Condie successfully crafted a world where the reader can’t help but get drawn in from the start.
The book is about Cassia and her place in The Society. This dystopian society leaves nothing to chance. They control what jobs people get, what foods they eat, and who people fall in love with. When Cassia got Matched to her future spouse, for just a second, another face appeared on the screen as well.
“Matched” is about Cassia’s growth as a person and the idea of freedom of choice. Though targeted to a YA audience, “Matched” can also be appreciated by older readers as well. The focus of the story is Cassia’s romance and the importance of being able to choose what she wants from her life. Her chosen love interest symbolizes the stability of staying within the rules of The Society, while Ky, the other face that showed up, represents the possibilities of choice. Definitely a good start to the Matched trilogy, the ending will keep readers anticipating the next book.
You can be sure I’ll check out the second book in the trilogy when it comes out. “Crossed” will be released November 1, 2011.