Matched by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Genre: YA Dystopia
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The Story: 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.
My Review: Matched is an incredible, enthralling, thought-provoking, amazing debut. The author takes us into a world that is both familiar and foreign in this dystopian novel about a teenage girl who thinks she knows and loves everything about her Society - until everything she knows and loves about it becomes what she no longer understands and begins to hate.
When the Society Matches Cassia with her best friend Xander she believes it's the right and perfect match from the beginning. They've been friends since they were small children and it only made sense that he would be the perfect Match for her. It isn't until she sees the face of another boy she knows on the screen that she begins to doubt who her true Match is.
Matched is a perfect blend of love, poetry, turmoil and family. Cassia is a genuine character who is not only smart, but is also determined to protect those she loves. The life she's always wanted is right at her fingertips with Xander. He's handsome, kind and willing to help Cassia - even if it means he loses in the end.
The author's writing style is almost poetic itself with the way the words and story flow together. I found myself re-reading parts of the story just for the love of a scene. The choices that Cassia will have to make are not easily decided. Citizens of Society do as they are told and because of it, they live long, healthy and presumably happy lives. The Society provides them with everything they need to be productive and when you reach old age they promise you a quick and painless goodbye. These are the things most people value and believe are best for them but what if they had choices? Would things be better or would they be worse? How can one seventeen year old girl decide this?
I had a hard time writing a review for this book because I loved it so much. I feel like no matter what I say, it won't do the book justice. Matched is a definite must-read.