Author: Ally Condie
Genre: Science Fiction YA
First Published: 2011
Page Count: 367
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 in the Matched series
It has the blueprint for success but this young adult novel doesn’t deliver on multiple levels.
*Somewhat interesting plot
*Flat characters *No focus *Minimal action
“We can either try to change everything or just make the most of whatever time we have.” Cassia has left the safety of the Society that she has called home all her life and her best friend, Society appointed match Xander, to find the boy she fell in love with, Ky. Because Ky is not a citizen of the Society like Cassia is, they are not allowed to be together, but this doesn’t stop Cassia from journeying into the desert past the Society’s borders to find him. Not only will they find each other, but they will also stumble across a group known as The Rising that might be the answer to their hopes of finding life outside of the Society.
I was really disappointed with the first book, but I’d bought the whole series so might as well keep going, right? The thing that brings me back is the bare bones of the story. There is a classic love triangle – a girl must choose between the perfect guy and the guy that society says she shouldn’t be with. It’s also got the cool dystopian element to it. Even in this book, I still get pulled in by these elements hoping for a really great story.
But, alas, that was not the case with this book. The characters are so flat that the love triangle is not in the least bit thrilling. There is also very little focus with these books. It’s like the author can’t decide whether she wants it to be an action packed dystopian novel or a passionate love story about fighting classism. Sure, it could be a bit of both, but it’s not that either. One thing is for sure, it is definitely not an action story. The maybe two scenes in the book that could be classified as action packed are quick or we learn about it after it’s happened. When you look at books like The Hunger Games (and what dystopian novel that has a love triangle isn’t trying to match that story), this story is as tame as a baby duckling. The reader gets so used to the lack of retaliation by this so-called “horrible” Society that every time the main characters worry about getting caught on the run that you want to roll your eyes. It seems much more likely these characters would die from their own actions or at nature’s hand then at the hands of the “Society.”
There’s only one more book in the series and I bought it so I guess I’ll read it. Like I said, I still hold out hope that the author will be able to turn this story around in the final hour and give me the type of story the awesome book covers and cool premise have promised me. But after two lackluster books, I know I’ll definitely think twice about picking up another Ally Condie book.