The Matched Trilogy is set in a dystopian future and follows seventeen year old Cassia. Cassia lives in The Society, a socialist future where Officials are in charge of everything and have rules for a “perfect” world.
At the beginning of Matched, Cassia is preparing for her match ceremony, where teens have their life partners assigned. Cassia’s match could be anyone in any city in the Society, but it turns out to be her best friend Xander. After being matched, the teens are given data cards filled with information about their match, since usually matches are from different locations. Cassia already knows everything about Xander but decides to put his data card in anyways… Instead of showing Xander, it shows Ky Markham, another one of Cassia’s friends. Before she can tell anyone, Cassia is visited by an official who tells her it was a mistake, that her data card has been compromised and that Ky Markham could never be matched with anyone because he’s an Aberration, someone who isn’t a citizen. The official tells her to focus on Xander, but she can’t stop thinking about Ky.
Of course, Cassia and Ky start to become close and develop a connection through forbidden poetry. Cassia believes she is in love with Ky and begins to question the rules of the Society, then starts breaking them… Cassia eventually leaves The Society and searches for The Rising.
I thought this story had a lot of potential but was poorly executed. I rated Matched 4/5, Crossed 3/5, and Reached 2/5. I often get this trilogy confused with the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver, which I read after finishing this trilogy. There will be a review of that trilogy in the near future.
The first two books are light and fluffy and were pretty easy to read. Books two and three have multiple points of view, which I’m particularly fond of. Looking back, I honestly can’t remember a single thing about Reached other than instead of having a war they had a plague, and it took me two weeks to push through the last book.
My biggest problem with this trilogy was the lack of world building (this is a common issue with me, if you couldn’t tell) and the love triangle.
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