This woman can write!
From the first page, Matched put me in a state of anxiety, and I mean that in the best way.
I was hooked!
Cassia lives in an
America that is run by a
totalitarian government. Her and her
family are always being watched. Every
angle of her life is chosen for her from what she eats, where she lives,
schooling, who she will marry and eventually when she dies.
Matched starts with 17 year-old Cassia attending her matching ceremony; where it will be presented who her perfect match is. All in attendance watch on a huge port who it will be. Cassia is thrilled to learn her match is her best friend, Xander. The society has chosen well, but when Cassia returns home with her match packet to review the guidelines, something goes horribly wrong. She sees in the packet Xander was not meant to be her match, but someone else named
Ky. Was this a trick? Who would mess with someone’s match. She’s assured by her officer that Xander is
her match, but Cassia can’t help but wonder.
For the first time, she considers the society isn’t always perfect and
maybe they shouldn’t be making all her choices for her. At the age of 80, her grandfather is assigned
to die. At his final ceremony, he
privately tells Cassia to fight, to “not go gently” and that the government has
it all wrong. In her last visit with
him, Cassia’s grandfather introduces her to a poem she has never heard of,
which ignites a fire in her for more knowledge and more freedoms. This sets in motion a fight in understanding
why we think the way we think, why we follow even when we know it isn’t right
and ultimately, what we are willing to sacrifice for love.
I’ve already started the sequel Crossed and so far, it’s just as great.
How’s your summer reading going?