Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Date: November 30, 2010
Source: For Review
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.
Matched is enthralling and captivating. Set in a dystopian future, Cassia must accept the life she has always known, where every decision is made for her—or risk it all for a chance at true love. Matched warns against the dangers of blindly accepting everything, of never thinking, in an engaging format that will engross readers of all ages.
While this novel was one of the best I have read, I wish it was a stand alone. The ending is not wrapped in a neat bow, and given the nature of the story, I think it is best that readers are left to wonder.