Saturday, August 2, 2014

Matched (Matched #1)

Matched (Matched, #1)

Rating : 4 stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lighting they
Do not go gentle into that good night. 

Cassia lives in a world where the Society makes the choices for her, who to marry, what her job will be, what she eats, and even when she will die...

Cassia is having her Matching ceremony, where she will see the face of her perfect match. To her surprise is not someone from another city but her best friend Xander. In a way she is relieved, she knows him her whole life and she cares for him. But when she is seeing his match footage, for an instant she sees the face of someone else, someone she also knows, Ky.
Now the Society says it was a glitch, that Xander it's her match, that Ky wasn't even supposed to be in the draft. But Cassia can't stop thinking about him, and she slowly gets to know more about him. They connect trough words and slowly fall in love.
And with that comes the price for someone that dares to choose something for themselves against the system.

I love dystopian stories and well this one, was really good!

They created commissions to choose the hundred best of everything: Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, Hundred Poems. 
The rest were eliminated. Gone forever.
 For the best, the Society said, and everyone believed because it made sense. 
How can we appreciate anything fully when overwhelmed with too much? 

This gave me chills...thinking of how much was destroyed, erased forever. Even more disturbing how everything was programmed, the meals individualized and sent to each person (they could even alter their rations to punish someone), the job that you would do for the rest of her life,even the age where it was programmed for you to die. Bottom line, all the choices in our lives that we take from granted are done by a system...even if it was theoretical for a greater good.
So the world building of the story was amazing (and disturbing), great characters and I actually loved how slowly the story between Cassia and Ky developed. It was just beautiful.

A great start for a series, that's for sure!

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