The goal of Matching is twofold: to provide the healthiest possible future citizens for our Society and to provide the best chances for interested citizens to experience successful Family Life. It is of the utmost importance to the Society that the Matches be as optimal as possible.
Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Matched is #1 in the trilogy, followed by Crossed & Reached. Matched is about a Society in which officials decide everything – who you love, where you work, when you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices, it’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job & an ideal mate. So, when her best friend, Xander, appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows he’s the one… until another face flashes for an instant before the screen goes black. Now, Cassia is faced with two impossible choices: Xander & Ky, between the life she has always known & a path that no one else has dared follow – between perfection & passion.
Before I started reading the book, I was looking through the ratings people have given the book, so many people have given it a 1 or 2-star rating which kind of made me wonder, do I read it or not? But I decided to give it a chance & I liked it but it wasn’t great. Matched is the first science fiction book I’ve read in quite some time but I liked the story-line, Cassia lives in a Society where every decision is made for them, living in a constantly monitored environment. Any wrong move can lead to Reclassification where your citizenship is revoked & would be classified as one of the very low “classes”. The story is good although there are bits & pieces that I didn’t like. Firstly, there wasn’t much of a twist in the story, the entire book was basically revolving around the love triangle, which I get plays an important role in the story but constantly just showing Cassia’s feelings towards Ky & suddenly cutting off Xander was a bit abrupt. Secondly, in a society where everyone uses a computer to read & write cannot actually write? The things I liked: the cover, it was what caught my eye the first time. Second, I liked that Ally didn’t automatically put Ky & Cassia’s romance in everyone’s facing, like she built up to it.