I finished reading Matched last night. It's not a thin book and I read it in one day so that should tell you something. Matched has been compared to the Hunger Games, but I think it's more like the book 1984, but not so horrible. In fact life in Matched seems almost ideal and perfect until the facade is torn away bit by bit.
Matched is actually quite tame compared to the Hunger Games and 1984, but Condie does an incredible job of building the tension as more and more of what's lying beneath the idyllic surface is revealed. Unlike 1984 though, that leaves us completely without hope of beating the system, Matched leaves us some hope.
I'm the type of person who loves happy endings, but if I don't get a happy ending I need to feel that there is some hope that happiness is on the horizon. When I finished reading 1984 I was so bereft of hope I felt icky and hollow for days. I suppose the book is worth reading once, but I had to get the book out of my house and I never want to read it again. Have you ever felt that way about a book?
Matched is a trilogy so it's far from finished, but Condie has left me with hope and I can't wait to read the rest. Thank you Jennifer from the YA Audiobook Addict blog for matching this book to me in her book giveaway.
On a side note: one of my beta readers gave me some really positive feedback after reading some of my WIP and since I hadn't read my story in awhile I went back and read the beginning. It's been months since I've even looked at my story, so it felt fresh and new and even though I had received Matched in the mail and had even read a few pages of it - my WIP kept calling me to finish reading. It's not perfect - it needs lots of work, but now I have hope and faith that finishing my WIP is not a complete waste of time. I guess I just needed some validation because I'm itching to get writing it again. Thank you L.T.
Also I've turned comments back on. It was an interesting experiment and I felt more free in what I wrote about, but I've missed hearing from all of you.