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.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
I'll be honest, I only picked up this series because I loved the cover art. It's beautiful. And then I thought the idea for this series was fantastic. What once used to be the USA is now ruled by a society where everyone is told exactly what they're supposed to do. All marriages are arranged. All jobs are decided by aptitude tests. Everything is done for you. Except what happens when one decides to choose for herself?
So, premise: Super exciting! Execution: Meh.
I wasn't particularly taken with Condie's writing style. I understood and felt empathy for all the characters and what they were going through but I didn't necessarily connect with any of them. And, to be honest, I felt really bad for Ky since the only reason Cassia noticed him at all was because his face flashed on her matching screen. Poor guy. Xander, too. Cassia never saw Xander as a romantic possibility until they were matched. Sad. Then, for some reason, Cassia feels like she's in love with both of these guys and throws the word around all over the place.
Anyway, here are my original thoughts about each book in this series:
Matched (3/5 acorns)