‘Matched’ by Ally Condie

Matched.jpgThis weekend during my transition into a new apartment, my mom told me I wasn’t allowed to move again until I was married and my husband could do all the heavy lifting. I took this as a subtle sign she was tired of unpacking boxes.
I should’ve told her that if I lived in Cassia’s dystopian Society in “Matched,” I’d already be married — in the novel, men and women are matched to their mates in the year they turn 17. On the other hand, if my mother had lived in the Society, I would not have been born — childbearing is cut off at 31 by Society Officials.
Those are just some of the rules in Ally Condie’s first of three books in the “Matched” trilogy, which tells the story of a teenage girl who is matched to be married with her best friend at the formal ceremony hosted by Society Officials. But when she plugs in her Match microchip after the banquet, a different boy’s face flashes on the screen, and it leads her to question whether the Society’s predetermined plan is really what’s best for her.
I was sucked into the book immediately, but that may be because I am wildly intrigued by books about dystopian societies — “1984” by George Orwell and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood are two of my favorites.
It was a quick read and an intriguing one, and I was disappointed when I was nearing the end and I remembered it was indeed a trilogy and would likely end with a cliffhanger — and the next book in the series doesn’t come out until November!
“Matched” also reminded me heavily of “The Hunger Games,” especially with its love triangle thread and whispers of rebellion from the Outer Provinces. I’ll have to wait until the second and third book come out, though, to see if they measure up.
For now, it’s something I’d recommend to others for a beach read.

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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