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."
Review: Although I'm not a dystopian fiction fan, I enjoyed Ally Condie's Matched. There is a delicacy and precision in the writing that makes the read feel careful in its storytelling. Strangely, the story itself is not careful, which then lends it an eerie tone that warns of looming danger.
Cassia is a likable character, and although I will admit that I rolled my eyes a bit at the beginning theme that unfolded of people being: matched (designated a partner), singleton (sad lonely folks), and aberrations (who would want these folks anyway). The basic premise here is that to be happy, one must fit in and be "matched" up with someone else. (This seems to reiterate and play on people's fears of being alone. Valid, yes. Necessary, I don't think so.) Even getting someone you don't know or yet love is better than having no one or being an aberration like Ky, which is where the tension in Cassia's curiosity about him after seeing him flash on her screen comes from.
|Crossed comes out November 1st|
Ky is a rule breaker. He silently resists their society by learning to write, and by determining his own path. Part of that path involves Cassia, and the two become drawn to one another. The problem here is that choice is not part of the plan. This I found intriguing, along with the society Condie created. Honestly, I can see where teens would love to see played out this all-important idea of choosing who you love and what you want to do with your life. The storytelling was well done, the writing style clear and precise, and the creativity of the plot intriguing. Overall, I really did enjoy Matched, and with a cliffhanger like this book had, I'm ready to read Crossed.