Matched (Matched #1)
by Ally Condie
Published: 11/30/2010 by Dutton Juvenile
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.
I could NOT put Matched down! Seriously, from the first page on- I was completely drawn into Cassia’s world and her complete naivety and innocence.
Matched is so gorgeously written, I loved everything- from the way Cassia admired her dress on the train to her holding the prized compact her grandfather had given her, and how she liked the way COM-PACT sounded when you said it…
I’ll admit that I was a teensy bit worried at first, because I am WICKED SICK of the dreaded ‘love triangle’. But, NO worries… It was sheer awesomeness! I totally loved Xander, I mean how could you NOT? Yeah, but being me… I was COMPLETELY smitten and head over heels in love with the absolutely unattainable Ky.
Usually I can completely figure these type of love drama’s out, but I honest-to-God did NOT freaking know who Cassia was going to end up picking!
“Is falling in love with someone’s story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?” ~Cassia
“Even though I know I’m falling for Ky it is impossible not to love Xander for everything he is and everything he does.” ~Cassia
Then the unthinkable happens… after Cassia scores so well during her sorting test, impresses the instructors and falls in love… she’s in school when the speaker comes on informing EVERYONE that she has committed an infraction.This is bad. What do the officials know?? Turns out- all they want her to do is what she does best… Sort.
Easy right? Except this time they want her to sort PEOPLE, and one of these people is Ky. Sort the strong from the weak, the driven from the less ambitious. If she puts him to the top of the list (where he belongs…) where will he end up in the end?
Somewhere far away a war rages, the society need soldiers… and now in the the light of the early morning the officials are dragging Ky away… Cassia runs through the crowd, past Ky’s pleading aunt and uncle to see him one more time.
The officials order everyone to take the RED pill- the pill that makes you forget. Cassia doesn’t, she will REMEMBER, and she vows that she WILL find Ky.
OH MY GOD! I am DYING, I LOVED Matched so much!!! Xander is so amazing and sensitive, but I am totally Team Ky- *swoon*!
Remember… CROSSED comes out in November… and it is WICKED fabulous! (Just sayin…)
Expected publication: 11/1/2011 by Dutton Juvenile