Okay, so I finished Matched yesterday. It’s about a girl living in a dystopian society–it feels very futuristic. (Think Uglies.) And I like that. The storyline itself gripped me and I was very interested to see where the author would go with it. But to be honest, I felt like the pacing was off somewhat. It seemed a little slow. I liked the characters, but I didn’t feel as connected to them as I did when reading the Hunger Games or the Uglies series. Still, the overall concept was very interesting and I’d recommend fans of those other series I mentioned try this one out. I just love the imagination and creativity that goes into writing a world like this one. Part of the premise is that, a while ago, the government decided that the world was too inundated with technology and information. It was desensitizing the people. So the government organized groups to choose the most important one hundred poems, books, and so on, to preserve, and everything else was destroyed. Now the government controls absolutely everything. What people can eat, where people work, and who they’re matched up with. *Spoiler warning* I did find it a little strange that there’s this whole revolution vibe rising up within the main girl and guy–and yet, the fact that they even fall in love with each other is sort of proving the government’s logic correct since they matched them together on purpose. They orchestrated the whole thing! I don’t know. I need to read the sequel to find out where the author’s going with this, I guess. 🙂
So those are my thoughts. Other news: Sara and I have completed the first draft of our book! Yay! Hooray! I can’t believe it. I know it needs work and more editing, but it feels great to have a finished first draft. Gotta love it. It ended up being a little over 400 pages. Isn’t that crazy? I know. But we’re excited about it. Now comes the time where we send it out and hold our breath, hoping we get some positive feedback. Very scary, to be sure. But necessary.