You (or your child/niece/sibling/friend/pet zombie) are 13-ish years old. You want to get in on this
dying “dystopian trend,” but you don’t want the intense violence *cough* Hunger Games *cough* or super-kissy love interest *cough* Divergent *cough*. You’d like something clean, but still interesting.
Instead of the book blurb, here’s my condensed version:
Girl trusts her dystopian Society. Girl goes to her “matching ceremony” for her future mate. Something goes wrong. Girl starts doubting the Society. Love triangle. Girl embarks on “a path no one else dared to follow…”
And here are my two-cents about the book:
Main Pros in Matched:
- Clean: This book is clean and still fairly interesting! (What? Not possible…) It’s true, I tell you! No swearing, a teeny tiny bit of war violence, and only minor kisses. To me, that makes a book even more enjoyable and I don’t feel forever guilty for recommending it to someone.
- Functioning Family: Cassia has a functioning family that also portrays some good examples of how a family should function. It’s refreshing not to have the emotionally dead mother (curse you, Hunger Games) or the non-existent parents (Ready Player One), or the psycho father (Compound), or the…you get the picture.
- A mixture of dystopian and contemporary. This book mixed the dystopia with a contemporary feel, kind of like The Selection, by Kiera Cass. I like that because it shakes things up a bit and keeps away from the cliche feel that hangs over most modern dystopians.
Main Cons in Matched:
- The main character acts a little too young: She’s supposed to be 17, but acts a bit more like a 13-year-old, which is why I think this is a good book for a younger age group. She’ll be relatable to young readers, but frankly I think adult readers with get both bored and annoyed with Cassia.
- Predictable: Me: “Oooh, I totally know exactly where this clue is heading!” Cassia (main character): “Hm…I’m confused. I’ll take three chapters to figure it out.” Me: NOOOOO! *headdesk* Okay, maybe it’s not that bad (no, it’s totally that bad…), but I like to be surprised in books and this one, while maintaining my interest, just didn’t surprise me, which made it a one-time read.
- Slow Moving: This could be a good thing or a bad thing. The good thing is that it’s not your typical action-packed take-down-the-government-with-an-exploding-arrow type of book, so it’s refreshing. It’s a bad thing because, well, it’s slow moving. Yeah… Guilty Confession: I barely finished the sequel and never picked up the third book. *cringe* But that was only because of pacing.
The main reason I wanted to review this book this month is because I know a lot of younger readers pick up A Time to Die and follow my website. While it’s fun to share my gushing (or furious loathing) about the more mature and well-developed dystopian books like Ready Player One or The Choosing, there are also decent clean books out there in the same genre that fit a wider age-range. Matched is a book that’s appropriate for younger readers and still stays “cool” with the dystopian trend. (Tweet this)
Have you read or will you read Matched?
Do you tend to read or look for “younger” dystopian books like this one?