I’m sure by now you’ve realised, I really don’t like talking badly about any book.. But I have to admit that Matched by Ally Condie, is probably the worst book I’ve read in 2013. And not even because it’s particularly bad, it’s just because I was disappointed by it. I had been looking forward to it being on par with my beloved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins but it was just “meh” if I had to describe it in one word. The plot, the characters, just meh.
The whole plot is basically summarised in those two paragraphs. Please bare in mind that it is a young adult book so therefore is pretty PG13 in all aspects of it. I read it cover to cover in little over a day.
The characters didn’t make much impact on me at all. Cassia is no Katniss, I didn’t fall in love with Ky and Xander the way I fell in love with Peeta and Gale. There were no comical characters and in fact I didn’t think the characters were complex at all. I didn’t have to think, the book was easy and because of that, the characters haven’t made much of an impact on me at all.
HOWEVER, I did keep reading.. and for me that means something had to of been there.. Usually if I’m not enjoying a book I simply put it down.. I waste no more time on it. AND on top of that I do plan on reading the two follow up books to it because I actually enjoy the dystopian world Condie has created and part of me does want to know what happens in the end.
My favourite quote was;
“Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes part of theirs.”
The quote is one of the few things I do take away from the book. I loved this concept of how life works when you spend some time with someone. It was tragically beautiful, if you’re into that sort of thing. I love anything remotely poetic, it must be the literature student I beat down inside me.
I’d probably never recommend this book to anyone, maybe a teenager? I might of enjoyed it much more in my teens where I know I wouldn’t of appreciated other YA books as much as I have when I read them as an adult. Lets hope the other two surpass my now lowered expectations.