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Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“Yes, it's dystopian, but Matched is really about a young woman, Cassia, discovering the gift of thinking for herself after growing up under the rules of The Society. When she is matched to her 'perfect' mate but finds out that her true match might be a different boy with a mysterious past that The Society is trying to cover up, Cassia begins to question their real intention. I can't wait for the sequel, and I'm also hoping this will turn some teens on to Dylan Thomas' poetry.”
— Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
“Strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that’s bound to captivate.” – The Los Angeles Times
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted the Society’s choices. And when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, she is certain he’s the one—until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now she is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s ever known and a path no has dared to follow . . . between perfection and the truth.
Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
“Matched introduces a smart young woman attempting to make sense of her dystopic world, à la The Hunger Games. Ally Condie’s debut features strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that's bound to captivate.” —The Los Angeles Times
“[A] superb dystopian romance” —Wall Street Journal
“Matched is the hottest YA title since The Hunger Games.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A Must Read” —Girls Life Magazine
“Condie’s enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fierce, unforgettable page-turner.” —Kirkus, starred review
“The stunning clarity and attention to detail in Condie’s Big Brother–like world is a feat.” —Booklist
“Fans of The Giver will devour this book.” —School Library Journal