Everybody knows you can’t tell what a book is about just by looking at the cover, but that’s not always the case. When you look at the cover of Matched, you see a girl in a bright green dress that’s stuck in a bubble. When I first saw that cover, I knew for certain, that in this book: this girl is trapped.
This book is about a girl, Cassia Reyes, who lives in a society that controls everything in your life, from what you swallow down your throat, to whom your life partner is going to be, and all the way to when you die. Cassia, who has just attended her match banquet, is happy to know that she will be marrying Xander, her best friend. But as she starts to view her future husband’s information card, a face flashes onto her computer screen, and it’s not Xander’s. Ky Markham can’t be matched because of his status as an outsider (a person labeled by the government as an individual who distributed society), right? But as she grows closer to him, she realizes what world she’s living in, and what hard decisions are to come.
According to my background knowledge, Condie’s writing style would be descriptive because she’s using specific details not to inform us, but to entertain us. I love her writing style because she makes the reader feel like they are in the shoes of the main character. I think this helps the reader visualize everything better by knowing more about what the main character is feeling, seeing, etc.
To sum up, this is a good book. I think it is a great book for romance lovers and entertainment but, I think it could’ve been better by putting in an inspirational message or giving us more point of views besides only Cassia’s. Like I said before, I would recommend this book for, romance lovers and people who are 12 or older, considering there is a little kissing and violence in the book.
Book Review by Zaina Khawaja