Yay to my first YA dystopian of the year!
Cassia has been looking forward to being Matched for as long as she can remember. On the day of her Matching Ceremony, she finds that she not only knows her match, but that he is actually her best friend Xander! However, this bliss is short lived as soon after the Ceremony, she realizes that she was also matched with another childhood friend, Ky. After spending more time with him, she realizes that her feelings are stronger for him than for her “real” Match. Together, Ky, Cassia, and Xander struggle within the confines of their ordered Society, and ultimately have to decide who’s rules to follow.
For a YA dystopia, this book was surprisingly fresh compared to others that I have read. The pacing was well done, Cassia was a very interesting character to read from, and I genuinely enjoyed learning more about their Society, the limits placed on the community, the general power structure, and the corruption within. The side characters were all very different, and were genuinely interesting to read from. I enjoyed the family dynamic as well as the importance of friendship.
The plot itself was interesting enough, I found the whole idea of how the Matches worked and their role in society were compelling. I thought that the overall arc between Cassia’s opinions on the Officials controlling their lives was very believable and well done.
However, there are definitely certain parts of this book that felt a little too similar to other books that I have read. Ultimately, this book was a mix between The Matrix, The Giver, and The Hunger Games. It would have been nice not to have that same feeling of repetitiveness in this novel, but there was still enough creativity to make it stand out from the others.
Overall, I was interested in the world that Ally Condie provided, and I can’t wait to find out more about what happens to Cassia.