Friday, 14 September 2012

Matched Book Review

Matched by Allie Condie is a dystopian/romantic novel. In this society, the authorities choose everything for everyone. The 100 poems that you are allowed to read, the 100 paintings you can see, and who you are going to marry. Every child, after their 16th birthday, is invited to a Matching Banquet where they first see who they will be spending the rest of their life with. At least that's the case in normal people, but Cassia is defiantly not normal. She goes to look up her Match's facts, and two faces appear! What is Cassia to do?
This was an okay book, although I'm pretty sure I thought down on it because I read Extras right before this book, (which was amazing and the best book ever) so Matched didn't compare. That being said, there were still a lot of things that this book has to offer. It was a good "beach read", a slow paced novel that was a good break from the fast-paced reads that I have been into lately. The society was also very set-into-stone. I knew what I needed to know about the society, none of the facts changed, and it wasn't too complicated or hard to understand. The ending was also a very good set-up, giving a good head start to the second book, Crossed. A couple downsides to this book is the repeated content. Not only did it repeat events that were already explained in the book before, it was very much like The Giver by Louis Lowry. Although it probably wasn't on purpose, it still could have been more unique, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't good. This book was probably a 3 and a half star out of 5, a good novel for those (over 10 or 11) who like those slower books, or an innocent book with no swears.

1 comment:

  1. 1. Definitely agree with everything you said here. Slow-paced, lacking adventure and action that I look forward to from dystopian novels.

    2. Again, surface elements... Looking for some depth :) Theme, character development, author choices, etc.

    3. You talk about the okayness of the book for a little bit too long if you would like to focus on some other elements.

    Don't mind my grammar above (okayness... I've decided it's a word now)