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Friday, February 6, 2015
Published: September 20, 2011 by Speak
First Published: November 30, 2010
Series: Matched #1
Back when this book first came out it got so much hype. It was the next Twilight meets Hunger Games, and I couldn't wait to read it myself. But as each additional book of the trilogy came out people seemed to enjoy the books less and less, and the hype slowly dyed down. Despite this, I've been wanting to read this since before it was released, although given the way people seem to feel about the book lately I went in with a bit of a hesitation.
Hesitation that wasn't needed, because I wound up really, really enjoying myself. I loved the world building in this, even if it did feel oddly reminiscent of The Giver. I did see complaints that the reason for the society wasn't really explained, except I didn't find that to be the case. No, it may not have been explicitly spelled out, but you could still understand what had happened.
Considering this is a dystopian, I do think it's interesting that my favorite aspect of this book was Cassia's family life, especially the interactions with her parents and grandfather. Yes, there was a love triangle, but I think both of those relationships were far less interesting.
I wouldn't say this ends on a huge cliffhanger, but it definitely makes you want more. Again, given all I've read I'm a little skeptical to continue, but since I've started I know I'll be finishing Cassia's journey.
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!