Matched by Ally Condie

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Finally seventeen, Cassia is able to find out who her match is — the person the Society has decided is the perfect person for her. Surprisingly (perhaps relievingly so), Cassia is matched with her longtime friend, Xander. Cassia is overjoyed that her match is someone she already knows so well. But, when Cassia looks at the data the Society officials gave her about her match, another face appears before her eyes — Ky Markham, an outsider new to the Society. Cassia knows that it’s impossible to have two matches, and she’s told that the match with Ky is a horrible joke. But, now that the seed is planted, Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, the mistake, and whether the Society’s rules are truly the right way to live.

Aside from this book basically being The Giver, it’s a decent read. If you’re a fan of dystopian/evil society books, Matched is a solid choice (and I heard it gets better as the series progresses). While there’s not a lot of action, there is a good amount of personal drama/suspense, romantic tension, and the book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. If you’re looking for a new sci-fi series, give Matched a try — if only to wonder how Condie didn’t get sued.

Rating: 3/5

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