Matched by Ally Condie
AR Reading Level: 4.8
On the library stacks: YA Fiction
Series: Book 1 of 3 (Matched)
Recommended for: Age 13+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cassia Reyes has absolute trust in the Society. The government controls what she wears, what she eats, where she'll work, who she'll love, and when she'll die. She's just about to attend her Matching Banquet where she will find out who is the perfect mate for her, and she can't wait. When her best friend Xander appears on the screen, she knows he is the right one for her.
But then a glitch occurs and for a second she sees another face, and she knows him too. It's Ky Markham, the mysterious quiet boy who watches her from the fringes of her circle of friends. The Society doesn't make mistakes, so Cassia wonders why this happened and what her life might be like if she were with Ky instead.
This book is more like Dystopian Lite since it is less gritty and heavier on the romance element. However, the death of Cassia's grandfather really packed an emotional punch with me. The world building was very well done and kind of felt like The Truman Show to me since it all feels very confined and localized in this book. I got the sense that this changes in the second book and I hope to learn more about the government at large.
I found all the characters to be very likable and I loved that this book includes positive and supportive parents. This book is another YA winner and I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy.
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