Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched #1)
By Ally Condie
(Hardcover, 366 pages, Young Adult)

For Cassia, nothing is left to chance--not what she will eat, the job she will have, or the man she will marry. In Matched, the Society Officials have determined optimal outcomes for all aspects of daily life, thereby removing the "burden" of choice. When Cassia's best friend is identified as her ideal marriage Match it confirms her belief that Society knows best, until she plugs in her Match microchip and a different boy’s face flashes on the screen. This improbable mistake sets Cassia on a dangerous path to the unthinkable--rebelling against the predetermined life Society has in store for her.

I really wanted to like this novel.  The book starts out well, Cassia is going to her Match Banquet and her world seems full of happy possibilities. During this evening she is matched to her childhood friend, Xander, which is unusual since it's rare that matches know each other. In some type of computer glitch the next day, another boy's face flashes on her screen and it's someone else she knows, a boy named Ky.  Cassia decides she's in love with Ky at a point that doesn't make sense and too much of Cassia's story was centered around obsessing over Ky.  There came a point early on where I stopped caring about her.   I finished the book not really caring about the sequel, Crossed, due to come out November 2011. I may read the squeal, but I won't eagerly be anticipating it I was Matched.


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