I have to review both of these books together since I read them back-to-back and I have a hard time separating them out in my head. I have read several dystopian YA series, but what makes Matched different is that the action is slower paced (at least in the first book it was) and Cassia as a character is not some girl who is a natural fighter. In fact, she starts off the novel very much a good little member of The Society, wanting all of the beautiful things in life that they promise her. She knows that if she follows the rules, she will be healthy and (reasonably) happy until she is 80 years old. The Society never makes a mistake, so she has complete trust in them. That is, until the glitch.
This electronic malfunction, which shows Ky’s face on her data card, only lasts seconds, but it is the catalyst that very slowly turns her world upside-down. When I say slowly, I don’t mean to say that the book is in any way boring. It’s not. In fact, I liked that it took Cassia almost the entire first book to have such a significant perspective and character shift. It made the story realistic. I would say though that this is a more character driven story than action oriented. Crossed is a bit more plot driven of the two. I have a feeling that the third book Reached, which is releasing in November, will be a huge action-packed story.