Review: Matched by Ally Condie

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.

Cassia is the perfect citizen: Obedient, trusting, and satisfied. She's excited for her life to begin with her Match, the man Society will choose for her to marry and bear children with. And even though she can't be more surprised when that man turns out to be her best friend Xander, she takes this in stride, too.

Then something happens that's like pulling a brick from a dam. Cassia sees a different face on the screen where Xander's is supposed to be. The face of a boy she's known for years and has always been curious about. Ky Markham. Silent, handsome, mysterious, rebel, he's everything the Society doesn't want for her. But she can't help but watch him and wonder... What if?

So Cassia disobeys the Society for the first time in her life; she approaches Ky against their orders. What seems like an innocent friendship blossoms into something far more dangerous. There are eyes everywhere, and as Cassia digs deeper into the indiscretions of her family's past and Ky opens up to her as no one else ever has, she realizes just how much could be at stake. How far should her and Ky go? The consequences just might be too much for them to take.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I began the book, but it definitely wasn't this. While Matched was a bit of a slow starter, the language is beautiful, the world Condie has created is real, and the characters are amazing. The romance is rich and made me stand on my tip-toes. Set to release on November 30th, I highly recommend this one.