Matched (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/6/2
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Matched is the first book in an utterly compelling series by Ally Condie.
On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.
Except he's not.
In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that's when her whole world begins to unravel . . .
'Don't miss this gripping page turner' - She
'A must read' - The Sun
Ally Condie used to teach high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. Currently, she is employed by her three little boys, who keep her busy playing trucks and building blocks.
The character development could have used a lot of work. Cassia seemed very flat and I didn't feel any sort of connection to her at all until almost the end of the story. Again, this may have been intentional because she was so molded and brainwashed by her society, however I would have liked to see more action, more outward fight as opposed to all internal fight or at the least, way more curiosity.
Xander was a solid character and a bit interesting but that's as far as my feelings go on that one. Em is utterly forgettable. There wasn't really a love triangle... it was always just ky.
Ky was really the most interesting character although I didn't think so until the very end which means pacing was too slow. I think 50% through the book cassia and ky had only spoken a handful of words to each other. When she first told him she loved him, my response was why? She barely knows him. I Wonder if she only fell for the idea of rebellion that he encompassed because she was too weak and molded to feel true rebellion in her own gut. Again, too much internal going on.
Nutshell: pacing was too slow for my taste. Characters were very flat. The concept was interesting but the world was flat. I get what the author tried to do. Internal story, internal struggle. It just all fell flat for me.
I give it three stars because ally condie did have a poetic turn to her writing though at times it was overdone. It was written nicely. There were a few memorable quotes. I will actually read book 2 because now that the story has moved out of cassias province, maybe the pace will quicken and there will be more external struggle and action. And finally the girl is beginning to THINK of developing a backbone. Just wish it hadn't taken a whole book to get to that point.
Contrast that with 1984, where Winston is in constant misery, being watched everywhere, and having a telescreen that is a controlling. The whole mood is so much better described in the book 1984. Also, there is no real hook to make me interested in the next book. It seems like a book purposely written to be part of a series.
It starts a bit slow, but it gradually picks up and started to hold my interest. Although there are still random parts that are duller than others, I got through them quickly enough.
Out of all of the characters, I felt the most connection with Ky. I really wish there was more on his background. He seemed to be the most... human. Likely because he was raised outside of the system.
For a lot of the book, I found myself frustrated over the system. It connects you to your match based on what is most beneficial to the community, kills old people after a certain age, and the list goes on. Typical things you'll find in a Dystopian. I was most curious to see what was going to happen with the situation between Ky and Xander.
Cassia, the main character, was the storyteller for this book, and I felt she was reacting to things in a way that made sense with the world she has grown up in.
Fans of YA Dystopian would likely enjoy this. I am interested in continuing the series, although I have heard the following books aren't as good.