Monday, March 18, 2013

Please Take the Red Pill

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Summary: 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.

Review: Another unbelievable young adult dystopian novel with a love triangle. 

I will be glad when young adult dystopian novels aren't the rage anymore. It seems like every time a genre gets popular, people grab hold of the genre and churn out young adult novels that are marginally related to the genre and merely serve as backdrops for the inevitable love triangle. I know I shouldn't complain too much since I will read those young adult novels even though they may have love triangles and will probably range from good to bad. I just want something new, something original, something unique, something that hasn't been done before and no love triangles. 

The world that Cassia lives in is unbelievable. I don't remember too many details about the Society, but it felt so poorly put together. The dystopian setting feels like it is only there to provide conflict and an excuse for the idiotic love triangle. The setting adds nothing to the story. Xander was a glorified carpet and was still helping Cassia out even when she was in love with Ky. Why did she fall in love with Ky? I'm not really sure. There were woods and words and forbidden knowledge and ever changing eyes and not much else.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people that enjoy young adult dystopian novels with love triangles. 

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