From Goodreads: 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.
Review: I know that this book got some so so reviews, but I’m here to say (yup, totally coming off like a cheerleader) that this is by far one of my favorite books ever! I love, love, dystopian novels. And Matched was so beautifully written, I couldn’t help falling in love with this one. Big Government plays a major role, of course, but I enjoyed the setup of Matched. They were told what to eat, when. Where to work, what jobs. Right down to whom they married. Cassia, at first, accepts everything around her. She trusts the Society, why wouldn’t she? They take care of everything and she doesn’t even have to form an opinion, they know her that well. And she can’t wait to find out who she’s matched with. This is going to be the person who is perfect for her. Just like her parents are the perfectly matched for each other. But after seeing Ky’s face on the screen, a doubt is planted in her. That doubt continues to grow. She becomes curious about who Ky is, and why was he on her card? No spoilers in this review, but I have to say that for a while I was having a hard time deciding between Xander and Ky. Xander is the best friend, and he cares so deeply for Cassia. But Ky, oh Ky, he really gets into Cassia’s head and makes her think. Ky touches her on a deeper level, uncovers emotions she didn’t realize she had, and desires of a freedom she never dreamed possible. This book was so utterly romantic I found myself reminiscing on first love, desiring to feel all of those emotions once again. And I bawled my eyes out during the last half of the book. It resonated that deeply with me. The writing was poetic, the characters absolutely wonderfully believable and likable, and the plot, I felt, was flawless. I can’t wait, no; I’m going to be going crazy until I get to read the second book.
This was a beautiful story, and pure written art. I can’t gush enough, so I give Matched 5 flames!
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile