Matched Imperfectly

Matched (2010) by Ally Condie


I read this book after reading reviews that compared Matched to The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

Premise-
In order to prevent strife and turmoil, Cassia's society determines the daily meals of the citizens, as well as their careers and the whether a person will be able to marry and have children.  Those who are selected to be married must particpate in a Matching ceremony where they are introduced via teleprompter to the person they will marry.  It is at her matching ceremony, that Cassia is introduced to her match, her best friend, Xander, who lives on the same street.  It becomes more complicated when Cassia learns her Match may have been a mistake and her true match may be Ky, another neighbor boy.

My Musings
From the beginning, I saw the similar ties: the opening scene describing a routine society event, the society based on rules created to promote unity and safety, and a female character with a best friend who is a boy; however, the similarities end there.

Matched doesn't have the fire of The Hunger Games and never seemed to light a fire in me. I wasn't concerned for Cassia's welfare. Even the love triangle between Cassia, Xander and Ky, an Aberration in the society doomed to a life of hard work and other hardships, didn't excite me.

If you're looking to be matched to a book that has dynamic characters, action and romance, this book isn't for you. You may want to read The Hunger Games again in order to reignite the flame created by Katniss and the citizens of Panem.

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