Matched

by Ally Condie

Dystopian novels for teens have been around for a while, but this particular sub-genre of fantasy got a huge second wind from Susanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. If a teen you know is looking for a good follow-up, point them toward Matched, a first novel by Ally Condie (Dutton, 2010). The novel is set in a world controlled by an all-powerful group known as The Society, in which everything about each person’s life—food intake, profession, marriage partner, date of death—is determined by statistical formulas. Seventeen year-old Cassia Reyes gets her first hint that something’s not right during the all-important Matching Ceremony when she learns who her husband will be. It turns out that it’s her best friend, Xander. But when she gets home and looks at the picture she’s been given, it’s that of Ky, one of the school outcasts. How could this discrepancy occur in a perfectly regulated society? And is there anything she can do? Can any individual take on The Society—and win? Matched is followed by Crossed, which is due out in November, 2011; but I somehow doubt that the story will end there. Perfect for 7th graders and up.

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3 responses to “Matched

  1. When I first read Matched, I predicted it was going to be the next big series. We shall see…

    I personally really enjoyed the book and look forward to Crossed in Nov 2011.

    Cheers!

  2. Inna D.

    I loved the book. It was a great read and is similar to Brave New World. Looking forward to the sequel in Nov.

  3. hopewellmomschoolagain

    This book intrigued me–not my usual thing. Reminded me a little of kids growing up in far-right Christian Patriarch or Quiverfull families.

    Lisa @ http://hopewellmomschoolreborn.blogspot.com/

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