Matched  - Ally Condie 3.5 stars?

There really wasn't a whole lot that happened in this here book. It's like your old, rickety, cataracts-riddled, grandmother's version of Veronica Roth's Insurgent isn't it? I don't normally make book comparisons because I like for books to stand alone but the nature of this plain-clothed, oatmeal for breakfast eating society reminded me something of Abnegation . Not everything was the same, of course but that's what was prominent to me. I also chose Insurgent over Divergent because there was a hint of rebellion. It was the watered-down Earl Grey version said grandmother drinks while nibbling on butterscotch covered in bottom-of-the-purse lint rather than the action-packed rebellion in Insurgent but it was there.

As per my updates, in the beginning something in me was bored beyond all recognition. Nothing was happening and nothing kept happening. We got caught up in a love triangle before we even knew what was going on. Repetition. Repetition. Repetition abounded and we were constantly reminded of how this society works. I have seriously decided that Young Adult fiction is indeed written this way on purpose. It is clear that Young Adults and the people who read this material are decidedly unable to follow a story line long enough to grasp the complicated intricacies woven by the authors and so in order to make absolute sure that we have understood the extent of their creative genius in world mapping they repeat, repeat, repeat everything over and over again. Thank you but I am not a complete idiot and can follow your simple dystopian imagery and all of it's rules and shit without falling ass over elbows in confusion. Moving on.

So, we are briefly given a glimpse at Xander the bestfriend/Match and he's so wonderful and handsome and no one ever thought that they could have a chance at him but look at lucky Cassia and her hot assed match that's perfect in every way and she doesn't have to be matched with a stranger because she knows everything about Xander. Oh La Di Da!! EVERYTHING IS SO PERFECT. Then, Oh no! another boy's face appears on her microcard and she knows him IRL too! Oh Gosh! He's not her best friend but since Cassia is a little jealous that she doesn't get the chance to "get to know" someone she must, she just must seek out this kid and make sure she doesn't love him. But guess what? *sad face with a tear* --> :*( She does. And just like that the girl that was sooooooo lucky to get hot, smart Xander doesn't want him and the nice kid with sweet, not steamy, kisses gets kicked to the curb for being a best friend instead of the mysterious, enigmatic Ky from the Outer Providences... I could have told this story in my sleep. I probably just did.

Along side all of that there are some issues within the Society, of course, things aren't as they seem.

Even with all of that, I still kind of liked the story, hence the 3.5 stars. There is something about Dystopians like this. I like them. I like the whole "perfect Utopian world" idea and I like to see it done differently and well. I do have to say that by not focusing too much on Cassia's relationship with Xander was a relief and an annoyance. While I didn't have to read about her all over Xander and then running back to Ky at first sight, it made Xander into a mere footnote of thought. "Hmmmm, I know Xander would be hurt if he found out about me and Ky". That kind of a footnote. Then Cassia would think something like "But I can't care about that because meeeeee!" or whatever because all the chicks in these books are always self-proclaimed selfish people like saying out loud makes it any better.

All in all: I have this thing where I want to finish a series when I begin it unless it's horrendous but I'm not sure about this one. I don't know that I've come across a book this boring but at the same time piqued a bit of interest. I already know the ending. Do I want to take the journey? Hmmmm