This was the world that Cassia Reyes grew up in and had never had an opportunity not to accept. In the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, published starting 2010, a government called The Society controls every aspect of people’s lives, and it keeps secrets that no one could dream of.
The first book, Matched, opens with Cassia’s “Match Banquet.” This ceremony is when teenagers find out who their Match is and start to get to know that person. Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander Carrow, which is extremely rare. The problems start, though, when Cassia sees a different face than Xander’s on the “microcard” that is supposed to give Matches information about each other. Slowly, Cassia falls in love with this other man, Ky Markham. Next two books, Crossed and Reached, follow Cassia’s and Ky’s fight to end The Society’s corrupt ways so that they can be together.
Though the trilogy was very thought-through and interesting, I found it to be a little slow. Halfway through the second book, it was obvious which man Cassia would pick. Also, sometimes descriptions got a little long for my taste.
However, I loved that Condie incorporated classic literature to bond Cassia and Ky. Because The Society controls its people so much, there are only one hundred poems, paintings, and songs that are permitted. Cassia and Ky, though, teach each other classic poems and ones that they write as they fall in love. The poetry also really fueled the story and gave clues to the overall plot, which I found really cool. It obviously took a lot of planning and thought to incorporate them.
In addition, Condie really created a new world in The Society. I love when I’m reading a book and feel like I’m living in it. Condie spared no detail of the laws of The Society or the smallest clue in the plot. Sometimes a fact would reappear that I totally didn’t expect, but it ended up being an intricate part to the novel.
I also enjoyed the ending, which was much more satisfying than that of the Divergent series. Though that series was amazing, the ending crushed my heart. The conclusion to Matched gave me closure and hope for the characters’ lives after I turned the last page. Yes, I know, I get much too attached to the people in books, but I just can’t help it.
The rights to the Matched movie have already been given to Disney, and I’m interested to see how the series is converted to the silver screen. I hate when movies butcher the beautiful pages that they were inspired from, and we’ve seen the worst of this scenario. I won’t mention any names, but we all know which books I’m talking about.
It seems like Lily Collins is a fan favorite for our heroine, but Collins will always be Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments in my mind. I don’t know if I could separate the two books in my mind if she played both. That may be closed-minded, but I feel like Matched needs its own face to succeed; Lily Collins is already the poster child for a different movie series.
Drew Roy, who I had never really heard of before researching for this post, is the fan choice for Ky. Personally, I think he would be a great choice because he looks like I imagined Ky to, and plus, he could be the Theo James of the Matched universe (which is never a bad thing). Alex Pettyfer looks like he could be Xander Carrow, and again, I think I agree with this choice. I imagined Xander to be boyishly handsome, and Pettyfer seems to fit the bill.
Though I was critical of the trilogy, I think that Ally Condie created a fascinating world of rules, control, and rebellion that can most definitely inspire everyone to break the mold and be who they want to be. Download the series online to an eReader or stop by a library to be transported to The Society. Keep your eyes open for a future movie too!
Don’t forget to tell me how you like the series, and like always, happy kommenting :)