Matched by Allie Condie
What if you had your entire life planned out for you, your every move predicted? This is exactly what happens in Ally Condie’s masterpiece, Matched. Cassia, the protagonist of the novel, and her family live in a futuristic society where everything from who you marry (“match”) to when you die is decided for you by government officials. In this perfectly scheduled, completely controlled world, there is no room for creativity or individuality. A Hundred Paintings. A Hundred Poems. A Hundred Songs. Even the past is regulated and tossed through the government filter of worthy and unworthy pieces of history.
All her life, Cassia has lived as a model citizen within the society. Then, one day, her grandfather dies, leaving her with two ancient poems illegally kept from before the Society’s reign. On the night of her “match banquet,” she accidentally gets matched twice- once to her best friend from childhood, Xander, and once to Ky Markham, a guy so skilled at blending in, Cassia hardly ever noticed him before. Although the match with Ky turns out to be a mistake, Cassia can’t help but wonder what life would be like if she had a choice in the matter, if everything in life wasn’t decided for her. As the story unfolds and Cassia’s and Ky’s paths strangely intertwine, Cassia must decide for herself whether to risk the security the Society offers for a life much more uncertain and yet much more her own. Is perfection really worth it or is there something better? Read the book to find out! I finished this book in one day; it was so good, I couldn’t put it down!
~Elise R., Class of ’12
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