Matched, by Ally Condie, is a 1984-esque novel set in a dystopian, communist type future. Everyone is equal and has their basic needs met. No one gets choices. On the 15th of the month after your 16th birthday, you receive your Match, the person you will spend the rest of your life with, and you start the courting process. Everything is laid out for you. It’s safe. And right.
Cassia is excited about her Match, until she gets a brief glimpse of a different match. Officials tell her that it’s an error, but she starts to question everything she knows about her life and how “right” it is.
Matched is book 1 of 3, and though it starts off feeling a little to saccharine for my taste, it quickly becomes a more thinking type novel. At various points when Cassia had to make decisions, I found myself asking myself what I would do in the same situation.
This is a great book to read alone or to read with a group for discussion. Two thumbs way up, and I can’t wait to read the next ones.