Take the idea behind eHarmony, add in a controlling government and hormonal teenagers.
That’s Matchedin a nutshell.
In case you’re seeking something a bit more formal, here’s the official summary of Matched by Ally Condie:
In the Society, Officials decide.
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, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.
On the final day of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fitting to review a book featuring poetry. Matched fits this description, just a little. The main poem in Matched is “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night,” by Dylan Thomas. It’s a forbidden poem in the world Cassie lives in, at times a thorn in her side yet sometimes fuel for her fire.
Yes, Cassie is a fairly interesting character, but I found myself wanting to get inside the brains of others, especially Xander and Ky. Alternating viewpoints would have been nice, since the two male leads don’t go around spilling their emotional guts out. Their respective feelings for Cassie are hard to make out, and I thought once or twice that Cassie was reading the situation incorrectly but couldn’t be sure. Is everyone being truly sincere?
Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy is one I intend on pursuing. In fact, I have a copy of Crossed ready and waiting.