The Time Will Come (9)
The Time Will Come is a weekly meme hosted by Jodie at Books for Company, where we can highlight the books on our shelves that we’ve been meaning to get to for some time, but have been put on the back burner for one reason or another.
The book that I chose for this week is:
Matched (Matched #1)
Published 2010 by Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. (From Goodreads)
I got this book earlier this year, so it hasn’t been sitting on my shelf for too long, but it’s one of those books that all fans of YA dystopians are just supposed to have read, you know? There are lots of mixed reviews out there, too, even within my friends and the bloggers I follow. Seriously, out of my 79 Goodreads friends, 43 of them have read it, and another 9 have marked it as to-read. So yeah, I need to read it soon. Maybe when I get done with my YA contemporary reading binge I’ll pick this one up.
What books have been pushed back for you? Let me know, or leave a link to your post if you’re participating in this meme and I’ll be sure to stop by your blog! And don’t forget to check out my stop on the Vacation Reads Giveaway Hop!
Katja WeinertJuly 19, 2012 at 8:38 am
I liked Matched, but didn't love it. It was well written but something just didn't pull me in as much as I'd have liked. Still, I enjoyed it enough to pick up Crossed, and that is now my "The Time will Come" book, sitting on my shelf, lol.
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm
Lol! Well, I hope you get around to Crossed some day!
fakestephJuly 19, 2012 at 11:32 am
I think Matched will be a good book to come out of your Contemporary binge with. It's a dystopian, but most of the conflict is internal, so it might be a good transition.
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm
Cool! I will definitely try to read it soon after my contemp binge, then!
Jessie MarieJuly 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm
You and me both. I haven't read Matched, either. The conflicting views are so frequent that I'm almost scared away. Maybe one of these days I'll pick it up? Like you said, as a fan of dystopian, I suppose I have to!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Yeah, the conflicting views do kind of scare me a bit, but if lots of people do like it, then there's a good chance that I'll like it, too. So I'm going to have to read it soon!
BittnerJuly 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm
I need to read this one too because Kate sent it to me. I probably wont make much of an effort to read it until closer to September.
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Yeah, it'll be a little while for me, too. Maybe we could read it at the same time? We never did do that with Shiver…
Kimberly @ On the Wings of BooksJuly 20, 2012 at 12:03 am
I met Ally Condie at BEA and she is super sweet and awesome! I wish that I had liked Matched and Crossed better because of that, but I didn't. I liked Matched enough to read Crossed, but Crossed definitely suffered Middle Book Syndrome, but I do plan on reading Reached. Obviously this is all my opinon, but I do agree with Steph, it's a good dystopian after contemporaries because there's not really a lot of action.
On another note… I love your blog too and I'm so glad we're friends! We'll have to read another book at the same time again for some more emailing because it's so nice to talk about spoilery stuff :)
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm
It's always so cool to meet authors that are really nice! But yeah, it's sad when you love the author but don't love their writing… Hopefully Reached will be really great!
Yes, we definitely should read another book at the same time. I think Jessie from The Daily Bookmark and I are going to be doing a readalong for the His Dark Materials series in September and October. You should totally join in!
pagesunboundJuly 20, 2012 at 12:06 am
I'm reading this now! It's funny how we keep overlapping with books. I estimate I'm about halfway through, and I think the best way is really to approach it as a romance rather than a dystopian. Cassia is extraordinary obsessed with a certain boy.
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm
It is really funny how we keep reading the same books, and a lot of them aren't new releases so it's kind of random that we're reading them around the same time!
It seems like a lot of books these days are categorized as dystopian or science fiction or whatever, but the main part of the story is the romance. That's fine, but I like plot-driven books a tad more than character-driven ones, so I'd prefer the romance to be second instead of the plot being second. But that's just me! I'm still really interested to read Matched, and lots of other books that are heavier on the romance…
Kate@Midnight Book GirlJuly 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Matched was okay, but while at first I wanted to read the rest of the series, I realize that I probably won't continue with it. I think Condie is a good writer, that the dystopian world she created was very fleshed out, but I just didn't like the main characters. Which can be a problem…
There are too many books on my shelves that I really wanted to read but then have just been gathering dust. I am such a bad reader. ;(
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm
I totally get you there. If you don't totally click with a series, why should you continue to read them when there are so many other books out there? And we all have our differing opinions!
I am really bad, too. I have over 100 books on my shelves that I haven't read. Horrible!
Jodie LaneJuly 21, 2012 at 10:20 am
Matched has so many different opinions! I liked it but didn't love it. Definitely still worth a read though =)
Thanks for joining in!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Yeah, I figure there are plenty of people out there with all different opinions on Matched, so who's to say whether I'll love it, hate it, or just like it? I'll have to read it to find out! ;)
Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!July 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm
To be honest, I actually loved this book! I was really surprised bc normally I love action packed books but the writing was just so beautiful that I was completely hooked! Even the story itself was really sweet. It is dystopian, but mainly it's a love story. But I also feel as if its a hit or miss. You either hate it or love it. Hope you love it though! I haven't read the next book but I'll admit I'm a bit hesitant because I've heard it suffers from the cursed "sequel syndrome". Bleh…let's hope its good XD Hope you enjoy!
All the best ♥
Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!
Andrea @ The Overstuffed BookcaseJuly 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm
I'm looking forward to reading it, and I'm definitely going to go into it with an open mind! ;)