Thursday, 18 November 2010

Book Review - Matched

Synopsis
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 . . . 


My Review
I was so excited to read this, i had seen some reviews about it and they had all been really positive, so i was desperate to get my hands on it. I was so disappointed when i found out it wasn't released until 2nd December, but at work in the library, i received a package of book proofs and this was one of them, i couldn't believe my luck! 
This book is set in the future, society has been 'sorted out' there are no illnesses, food is given for nutrition only, people work at what they are good at, and when you turn 17 you are matched. Society picks out the person you will most likely have a happy marriage with and healthy children. People do what they are told, when they are told to do it. Life seems perfect for many, but when Cassia turns seventeen everything changes for her. She is matched with someone she thinks is perfect, but soon begins to notice another boy, this is strictly forbidden, but she can't control her feelings. Soon everything she knows is unraveling and danger lurks everywhere.
This was a very good read, i could imagine the so called 'perfect' society and those in it. The different mix of characters gives a wide view of how the society affects different people and how they come together.
I read this book very quickly and i really got into it. Cassia is a free spirit at heart and i couldn't help but feel for her. Normally in books where a girl can't choose between two so called perfect boys i tend to get annoyed, but in this book it wasn't too whiny, and i found myself thinking about them just like Cassia, she really does have a tough choice. 
I don't want to say too much, as i don't want to give the plot away, but this is a truly amazing book. I think it will do very well when it is properly released.

My Rating
I would give this book 9.5/10, it is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone. I knocked half a point off, as it didn't quite have a full conclusion and i want more, but will probably have to wait a long time to get it. :P

3 comments:

Jenny said...

I just adored this book! Like you, I wasn't sure about yet another love triangle in YA lit, but I thought this one was really well done. Nobody got overly angst-ridden and it was all very emotional and intense. Fabulous review!

kel said...

Great review! I am adding it to my amazon wish list right now!!

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Alice Dwyer said...

I've heard such mixed reviews about it. It really looks amazing and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review and I will make sure I get it soon!