Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review: Matched

I feel like I have a lot to say about this book, but I will try to be brief with some bullet-points. If you decide to read it be prepared for the following:

• It's a trilogy, so it leaves you hanging at the end of the book.
• It's a dystopian society that uses statistical analysis to make intelligent decisions for people, which I liked. Statistics are way interesting, and so basing a society off of that seemed interesting as well. Very cool premise!
• It's written from the perspective of a 17-year old girl.
•There's juvenille uses of grammar and punctuation, which I did not appreciate. (YAs don't need more examples poor uses of the English language, especially a professionally printed example. I'll allow casual grammar in a casual setting, like a blog, but not in a book...that's sacred.)

In summary, I appreciated the plight of the characters, but the heroine was so annoying to me! I got halfway through and just kept on waiting for the book to be done so I could get out of this girl's head! So many melodramatic phrases and thoughts, and I just don't care what happens to her anymore. I've read other YA novels before with teenage characters that I didn't find nearly this annoying. I was 17 once and I don't have any desire to re-visit that time, especially with a girl who says things like

"Except. The face I saw, the face that was not Xander: I knew him, too"


"I will try to forget that Ky said 'home' when he looked into my eyes".

Gag me! I think I've made my point. I don't know that I'll finish the trilogy or not, maybe I'll just wait for the movies. If I do read the next book, Crossed, it won't be for a while...I need to read some books that don't create penetrating sentences like "But." Fo' reals!

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

I've already started my next book, "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom, and it's already so much better just 20ish pages in! And the book after that will be "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Patton. That should satisfy my intellect for a little while, and then maybe a well-written novel just for fun! 
I've included Matched in my Book Review Rating System, just in case you need a refresher of how I rate my books.


Lauren said...

Amen. Not sure I can read another...I'll wait for the movies! :)

Dani and Dave said...

The Hiding Place is good just because it's a true account of the Halocaust.