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.
What if everything was planned out for you? What if everything was decided based on genetics, your talents, your nutritional needs, even your partner in life? Welcome to the world of Matched. A place where you are studied your entire life and everything is done scientifically. Things are so well matched that over the years they’ve “matched out” disease, defects in genes and most crime. In fact everyone lives to their ideal age of 80. Everyone dies on his or her 80th birthday.
Cassia Reyes has just turned 17 and is at her Matching Ceremony. This is where they reveal with whom you’ve been Matched. This is based on likes, interests, compatibility and gene compatibility. You are Matched at a young age because they must give you enough time to get to know each other before you start having kids, at the perfect breeding age. Cassia is matched with a good friend, Xander. It’s extremely rare for this to happen. People are usually Matched with someone from another province, a complete stranger. Once Matched you are given a silver box with a microcard that’s filled with information so you can learn about your Match. When Cassia plugs in her microcard Xander’s face shows up for a moment…then fades away and another boy from her province, Ky, appears.
Cassia is very confused and afraid. The Society doesn’t make mistakes. She is confronted by an Offical and they let her know it must be a glitch and they will get to the bottom of it. Xander is her Match, not Ky. Cassia has always trusted The Society, but now wonders why she is developing feelings for Ky. This causes her to rebel and see The Society for what it truly is. Will she defy them and attempt to create her own life, or will she conform and stay with her Match? Through her struggles you will learn there is something much deeper going on with The Society.
Condie has done an amazing job with world and character building. I loved the dystopian world, but it was a clean and happy dystopian world. It was almost like utopian cleanliness and happiness in a dystopian world. What a fresh idea. I also appreciated the it was a clean (free of cuss words) YA novel. Those seem to be rare lately. I can’t wait to read the next editions and see what the outer provinces are like and what has become of Cassia, Ky and Xander. I give it 5 out of 5 donuts.