Sep 3, 2010

Matched Review



So many times a highly publized book doesn't live up to the hype. NOT in this case! I absolutely loved this story! I read an ARC (black cover with no art) and couldn't put it down. So cliche, but so true! 

Cassia lives in the future where life is seemingly perfect. There is no disease, no worrying over what to wear, what to eat or where to work. Everything is decided for you - controlled. Food portions, exercise routines, clothing, and even her mate are chosen for her. We meet Cassia the night of her Match Banquet; the ceremony where she will learn who her mate for life will be. She is nervous about seeing her partner for the first time on the giant screen, but knows that whoever the boy will be, he will be perfect for her. Officials have gathered her genetic information and personality traits to calculate the best possible mate. Cassia was no reason to be nervous; the Officials never make mistakes.

From here, things get very interesting. The Match Banquet goes surprisingly well, but within a few days, things start to fall apart. People are not who they seem to be, and a "glitch in the system" leaves Cassia thinking that maybe this seemingly perfect life isn't so....perfect. 

Personally, I rank this book up there with other wildly popular dystopian YA novels - The Giver, The Hunger Games, The Uglies, etc... It really is that good and one of my favorite books of the year. 

Matched will be released November 30th, but you can pre-order now. 
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11 comments:

  1. rats. i was just on my way to the book store and...November?! i could use a good story right now...i haven't picked up a book since finishing Mockingjay...

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  2. Paranormalcy was good. Prophecy of the Sisters was great. White Cat was fantastic too! Read any of those?

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  3. no - i'm a beginner in this category (if they are YA/science fiction/fantasy) - i've read the required stuff (Harry/Dark Materials/Twilight and so forth a while ago - the Dark Materials books were some of my fave books ever) and just read Hunger Games trilogy (which i loved)...so when i saw your book list i got excited haha. When i'm done i hand them over to my 13 year old. Am reading Lament and read Linger but i'm not as thrilled with those because they really do seem for YA whereas the others didn't to me...

    So i should get the three books you listed? thanks for being such a wealth of info!!

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  4. YA Sci-fi/fantasy is what I read most. Somektimes I feel like a few authors skip a few things because they are writing for young readers. I also mow that YA can go up to about 20yrs. Anyway, I would look into Beautiful Creatures, White Cat (Holly Black), and Matched. None of these books have vampires. The first to are paranormal reads. Item great that you pass on your books to your 13yr old. You are both bound to like those. Both BC and WC have males as main character. Hope you find something you love!

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  5. thank you - i'm excited to go to B&N today!

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  6. I won this arc off a blog and fell in love with it! cannot wait to find out what happens with the next one.

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  7. I LOVED this one too! I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver (out Feb 2) and wasn't sure it could be as good as Matched but it was AMAZING too! Although somewhat similar they are very different, but just as amazing!

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  8. I'm really dying to read this book! I wanted to know myself why this books is so popular. :) Thank you for the review!

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  9. Thanks for the review! So excited for Nov.30! And also for Delirium... I wonder which of the two I'll end up liking better.

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  10. I can't wait to read this! It's seems as if everyone else has already!
    Delirium - I'm also looking ridiculously forward to that one. Nice review!

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