If you’re anything like me (or 90% of current young adults) you’ve been riding that dystopian novel train for a few years now and your stop is not coming up anytime soon. Since my life-changing discovery of the epic Hunger Games Trilogy, I’ve slowly become more and more obsessed with dystopian novels and the Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie is no exception. From the very first second I stumbled upon this trilogy I was hooked. Dystopian novel? Alright, you have my attention, I’m listening. The government decides any and all major life decisions for you? I’m intrigued, keep talking. The main character is a girl around my age who decides to step out against society, break all of the rules and changes life as she knows it? Hot-diggety-damn, I’m sold. This series was a wild ride from start to end. Without giving too much away, let me give you the rundown on what these novels are all about.
It’s thousands of years into the future and the government (known as the Society) has wound its cold, dead hands into the lives of everyone under their rule. Every single aspect of a person’s life is under strict control, all monitored by the cities’ Officials. What occupation will you hold? The Society decides for you.Who will you marry? The Society matches you with the best suitable option (in their eyes). How many fricken children will you pop out? DON’T WORRY, SOCIETY AND THEIR GOD DAMN ALGORITHMS DECIDES THAT, TOO. And don’t even think about creating any art, writing any poetry, or listening to any music that hasn’t been approved by the government. NOT ALLOWED. This system had worked for years and years without anyone (supposedly) thinking anything along the lines “Hey, this is kind of messed up. Maybe Society shouldn’t be allowed to control every aspect of my life”. Enter Cassia Reyes, another badass bitch who loses faith in the system after a variety of separate instances. Throughout the trilogy, Cassia is tested both physically and mentally, all while being caught in between (you guessed it) a heartbreaking love triangle between her childhood best friend (Xander) and Ky, the mysterious rebel.
So much happens throughout this trilogy, it made my head spin. There’s a secret rebellion, there’s a war, there’s even a murderous plague introduced in the third book. Which brings me to my only complaint of the series. The third book focuses mainly on the aforementioned plague that threatens the lives of thousands of people, and the race to find the cure before time runs out. That’s all fine and dandy but the scientific terminology used was way too much for my science-loathing brain. I failed chemistry twice in high school, not because I’m stupid (I assure you I’m not), but because there is nothing I despise more in this godforsaken world than the thought of cracking open a chemistry book. Fuck that shit. Leave the Bunsen burners and the formazin turbidity units for the assholes at Northwestern (shout out to my little bro!).
I’m leaving out so much information about this series, and you’re welcome for that. I’d rather spare you the details and gift you the experience of Cassia, Xander, and Ky’s heartbreaking and emotionally traumatizing story.. This series is filled with so many twists and turns, there were times I physically chucked the books across the room out of sheer anger. And in my opinion, that’s the exact moment you realize just how great a book series is.
·pg 168 | “Who wouldn’t want to rage against the death of something so beautiful?”
·pg 204 | “Then, the question I asked myself was: do I look pretty? Now the question I ask is: do I look strong?”
·pg 197 | “I don’t fool myself that I hold her together- she does that on her own- but holding her keeps me from flying apart.”
·pg 213 | “I never named anything I’ve written before, no reason to since it would all have the same title anyway – for you – but I would call this one ‘one night’, that night when we let the world be only you and only me, we stood on it while it spun, green, blue and red, the music ended but we, we were still singing.”
·pg 350 | “I was a kid. I knew I loved her but I didn’t know what it meant. Over the years everything changed. She did. I did.”
·pg 232 | “You cannot change you journey if you’re unwilling to move at all.”
·pg 250 | “I wouldn’t have seen the light if she hadn’t pointed it out, but once she did, it became impossible to ignore.”
·pg 255 | “If you let hope inside, it takes you over. It feeds on your insides and uses your bones to climb and grow. Eventually it becomes the thing that is your bones, that holds you together. Holds you up until you don’t know how to live without it anymore. To pull it out of you would kill you entirely.”
Read this series. It’s hecka great.
XOXO – G ♥
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