Here's what the publisher has to say about it:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Sounds intriguing, right? Well, it is!
And yes, dystopians are popping up like daisies and it would be easy to think that MATCHED is just more of the same old, same old. BUT IT'S NOT! It's elegant and page-turning, and I have no doubt it will fill the huge gaping hole we're all feeling now that THE HUNGER GAMES are complete. In fact, that's exactly what it did for me.
I read MATCHED yesterday. All in one day. Almost in one sitting. It's that good. But the day before I did the same thing with a little book called MOCKINGJAY--maybe you've heard of it? (yeah, I read 2 books in 2 days. My eyes are a little blurry). And when I finished MOCKINGJAY--as I sat there filled with awe, with tears streaming down my face (thanks to certain scenes), fighting the urge to give up writing because I will never be that good--there was one question that haunted me. Now what?
What was I going to read now that Katniss' story was told? Where would I turn? What world could possibly swallow me up the way Panem did? And I found the answer in The Society. In the pretty girl in the green dress, trying to burst out of her perfect little bubble.
That's not to say the books are the same. Cassia is every bit as innocent, obedient, and angelic as Katniss is rebellious, stubborn, and jaded. And while Panem is about fear and deprivation, The Society is about order and control--about sacrificing freedom to escape worry and unnecessary problems. And that's what's so refreshing about MATCHED. It fills the void left by THE HUNGER GAMES, but is still very much its own creation. A new story that wraps its hooks around you and doesn't let go. And hopefully a new series--because there's more story to tell there.
So yeah...I guess you could say I liked it. But LOVED is probably a better word. And I can't wait till it comes out in November, so you guys have a chance to read it too. Add this one to your TBR list, people. You're missing out if you don't.
And...I think that's enough gushing for today. But if you want to hear about some other awesome reads, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are up to: