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
“[A] superb dystopian romance.” – The Wall Street Journal “Strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that’s bound to captivate.” – The Los Angeles Times
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted the Society’s choices. And when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, she is certain he’s the one—until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now she is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s ever known and a path no has dared to follow . . . between perfection and the truth.
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.
“Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect winter escape.” —MTV.com
“Matched introduces a smart young woman attempting to make sense of her dystopic world, à la The Hunger Games. Ally Condie’s debut features strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that's bound to captivate.” —The Los Angeles Times
“[A] superb dystopian romance” —Wall Street Journal
“Matched is the hottest YA title since The Hunger Games.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A Must Read”—Girls Life Magazine
“Condie’s enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review