Matched (Matched, #1)
by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Published by Speak
Publication Date September 20, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Setting: United States Future
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
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 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.
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I loved this series! The story was very well written and drew me in from the beginning. I found humor in the way the society ran on analytics because I work supporting an analytics team. It was fun seeing Ally’s take on how they could be used and abused.
I also appreciated the fact that though the society was controlling and out of balance, the story was not dark and depressing like many others.