3 book series: Matched, Crossed, Reached
Date started/Date Ended: April 1- May 24
Author: Ally Condie
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 366, 400, 520
This series was another series that I decided to pick up from my Pinterest board 25 series to read if you liked The Hunger Games. This book reads more like The Giver, than The Hunger Games. In the society where the main character, Cassia, lives The Society chooses everything for you. They decide who you love, where you work and even when you die. Since The Society controls every aspect of the community they have been able to completely get rid of disease, and violence and as long as you follow the rules you live a happy 80 year long life. But of course, there is always someone who bucks the system.
The first book starts on the day of Cassia’s Matching Banquet. This is the ceremony that happens when you are seventeen and The Society tells you who you will be matched with. All the people of age gather, have a nice meal (not from a foil packet-like most of their meals) and then the society shows each person their match on a large screen. They get to see their match (who is most likely from another community) on the screen and they are given a micro-card with information about their match to take home to learn more about who they will be entering a Marriage Contract with. Of course, when it is Cassia’s turn to see her match the screen turns off, because her match is right there in the same room, someone from her community. As it turns out, she is matched with her childhood best friend, Xander. She gets his micro-card and takes it home, and when she puts it in the port, someone else’s face appears, someone that is not Xander, not her match. Has the society made a mistake? Was this meant for her?
Cassia is then faced with a choice, live a happy life with her true match Xander, or investigate more into this “glitch” that caused her to see someone else. A love triangle of sorts is created, and Cassia is faced with tough decisions and learns more about The Society than she ever knew existed.
I can’t really say too much about the other books plots without giving too much away. Just know that the 3 books follow the same characters through their journey to find out secrets about The Society.
Like many trilogies, I think the second book is the hardest to read. At some points the story was more romance than adventure, which is fine if you like that sort of thing. I remember thinking that there wasn’t quite enough action happening to keep me hooked throughout the series as a whole, especially during the second book. I was a little bored at times, but this series is YA fiction, so it was a pretty quick read and didn’t require much deeper thinking. I liked the third book the best. It had the most adventure and action.
Overall, a good little series if you are looking for more dystopian fiction books to read and you like romance served with a side of adventure.