Matched - Ally Condie - 400 pages
No. No, no, no, no. I'm not suppose to like this book. I'm supposed to say "This book is a fad that The Hunger Games started". I'm supposed to think "Cassia Reyes is an amalgam of Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan and that one chick from Parks & Recreation (the evil one with no expression on her face ever)".
No. No no no. I am not suppose to want to read the sequel. I DO NOT WANT TO READ THE SEQUEL.
See, what'll happen is that I'll be out and someone will bring up the book and it'll be another Twilight moment for me: "Wait. You're a guy and you read Twilight? What the fuck is wrong with you? That book is for teenage girls; you're a 28-year-old man."
Cassia Reyes is a teenage girl living in some far off future where A-murrica doesn't exist. The Society has replaced it. The Society does everything by statistics. The Society figures out what people should eat, where they should live, how long they should live, and who they should be Matched (mated) with.
Cassia gets Matched with her best friend Xander. That never happens. It's statistically impossible, apparently. Cassia and Xander are both happy until Cassia sees a different guy pop up on her Match dot com profile; a boy she knows as well. Dunh dunh dunhhhhh.
His name is Ky and he is mysterious. That's all you need to know about Ky because that's all you're going to find out about him.
Cassia starts to fall for Ky, Ky starts to fall for Cassia, and Xander is as clueless as one of those guys on Cheaters. The Officials are onto Cassia and Ky, though. Oh boy are they onto them. The Society is an all-powerful government and they love to spend time tracking two canoodling teenagers. Because that's what governments do.
Matched follows the J.J. Abrams formula that I love so much: DON'T EXPLAIN A FUCKING THING. That way it'll gnaw at me until I finally cave and read the next book that will NOT EXPLAIN A DAMN THING. That way I can read the third book and finally find out that Locke was in a wheelchair. Wait, wrong medium and wrong story. I meant find out that the Society is actually governed by snoopy teenage girls. That'd be a heck of a plot twist, right?
Yes, I liked it. Yes. I will read the sequel. And yes, I'm going to squeal like a little girl when the third book comes out.