Everything is decided: what to eat, what to learn, who to marry, when to die. The officials monitor every movement of the Society, a world faction of survivors. Cassia, her friends and family rely upon the Hundred Best Songs, Poems, Books, all selected with the belief that past generations weakened because of too much choice. The opening scene takes the reader to the Match Banquet, where 18 year olds like Cassia meet their mates for life. Unexpectedly, Cassia’s match is someone she knows, her friend, Xander. At the same time, another local boy, Ky, tempts her with unlisted poetry and learning to write. Falling in love with Ky, still loving Xander, Cassia lives the “prisoner’s dilemma,” risking the consequences of an Infaction, questioning the very basis of the Society. Nothing’s ever perfect!
“Yes, it's dystopian, but Matched is really about a young woman, Cassia, discovering the gift of thinking for herself after growing up under the rules of The Society. When she is matched to her 'perfect' mate but finds out that her true match might be a different boy with a mysterious past that The Society is trying to cover up, Cassia begins to question their real intention. I can't wait for the sequel, and I'm also hoping this will turn some teens on to Dylan Thomas' poetry.”
— Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games."--Entertainment Weekly
This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of 1984, Brave New World, Black Mirror, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
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.
Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
About the Author
Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.