My the food, or when she found out

My experience with the book was, sadly, not positive. I started the book last year, but never got around to finishing it because the plot was too pathetic and thin. This year, I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, my thoughts have not changed. As you could tell by looking at the cover and blurb, you can infer that the book was created for teenage girls who fantasize about being caught in a love triangle. But this wasn’t the problem for me. I’ve read many books that had had that aura to it and have actually quite enjoyed them. It was the fact that the book spent too much time on the boys and not enough time on the plot. In fact, the side plot was really good. It spoke about how Cassia was slowly becoming aware of how The Society was controlling her nation. Little discoveries along the way really kept me entertained. When she discovered the government was poisoning the food, or when she found out the officials don’t know who put the Aberrations in the matching pool: those were the events that kept me interested. Coinciding with the events I mentioned above, there was also that big, ugly plot block that took up a majority of the story. The plot block for me was whenever she spoke to Xander or Ky. That’s where it got ugly. The unfortunate thing was, the incidents were never spread out. It felt as if the plot raced through the good stuff, jumping around and speeding up processes, just to get to the parts with romance. For example, there would be a part about her job that really moved the plot along nicely, but you could notice that the words seemed rush and it would skip an important part just to get to the scene where she gets to talk to Ky in the forest. This inconsistency of spreading out romance scenes got so out of hand at one point that I had to remind myself that I was reading a dystopian battle book, not a Nicholas Spark’s novel. I’m not too great at writing myself but the idea of diverse audiences should remain in the mind of an author when they write a book. This book didn’t teach me a lesson in the form of morals, but it taught me a lesson in the form of writing and speech. When writing, people never care to hear the details of your personal life. They care about the big picture. If Matched spoke about the personal details in moderation, the novel would have succeeded very well in my eyes. But because of its emphasis on Ky and his family, Ky and his workplace, flashbacks of Ky, what color are Ky’s eyes today…See how that can get annoying? I will say, however, the introductions of characters and the village in the beginning of Matched kept me very entertained. Ally Condie ended each chapter with a cliffhanger that made me never want to put the book down. After a quarter of the way through, this excitement went away as I realized that this book wasn’t going to be picking the plot back up anytime soon. I stated this earlier: This book was made for teenage girls who wanted to think about relationships all day. If you’re interested in the Divergent or Hunger Games type stories, this book wouldn’t be a match; it barely dances on the edge of that style. The fact that I’m not very interested in reading fiction played a very large part in my disapproval for the book as well. Many people have read this series and have commented nothing but great things about it, showing me that books are in the eye of the beholder.It was a quite pathetic book, but in the end it made me laugh at its cheesy lines that seemed realistic enough for a 10 year old and it made me shake my head at the ridiculousness of the character development. It taught me the lesson of finishing a book to meet a deadline and reading through the scenes that made you want to bang your head against a wall.

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