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Friday, July 10, 2015

#review; Matched (Matched, #1)

by Ally Condie (0525423648)
Shelf: Science Fiction |dystopia
Links: @Goodreads | @Amazon | @Mobilism

my rating: really liked it ()
I was hesitant to take up this book at first, because the blurb are clear to indicate romance. It's not like I dislike the genre, it's actually quite a significant element in one story. I was proven wrong to presume it's all about love triangle though. Matched had adventure in it.
"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black."
I haven't read that many dystopia book and I'm not a very good judge in character but I think this book came out just fine. Although I have read a bad review for the book, but I dissented. 

The story revolve around Cassia who had her Matching ceremony with other teen all across the Society, including her long childhood—best friend; Xander. She was happy and certain with her match until she saw Ky's face on her screen, in the privacy of her home. It probably wouldn't cause a problem if she did not know Ky personally, but she did. No one know the incident but Cassia, so does the Society. And then she told her—willingly—dying grandpa. 

Cassia have the right to be curios, but the Society don't think so. So they assure her that it was a glitch in the system. Too late, curiosity already got her. I personally think that it's a good trait in the character, because she didn't 100% follow whatever the Society tells her—after she got curious. She had the tendency to rebel—no matter how small is the action.

Xander was not just eyecandy, but also a nice and clever character. He love Cassia, probably even before the match is set. Cassia believe in her match, though she still had some uncertainty about Ky, so she keeps close eyes on him and start noticing things about him. Certain event and choices lead them closer together and they manage to get to know each other well. Which of course lead to the love—not really—triangle.

The Society decide everything; your day, food, job, activities, and of course your partner. The'll send the food to your front door, decide your job by exams and social rank, pick a song for the club and a play for the theater, set up the games and a few out door activities for you, matched the DNA of your partner, everything is monitored and recorded. Their control is overwhelming. But no one is complaining—no one can. They fixed all kinds of illness. It's seem like a right payment for a freedom.

This book is a science fiction, with fine technology, appreciation of human ability and skills, extreme authority, nice grandpa, and harsh landscape. 

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