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QBD Reviews: Matched by Ally Condie

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All her life, Cassia has been waiting for this moment. Now that she’s seventeen, she is eligible to be Matched. In under an hour, she’ll be told the name of her optimal partner, the person she’ll spend the rest of her life with. Nervous but excited, she shares the moment with her best friend Xander who is also preparing to be Matched. Never could she imagine that his is the face that she will see as her Match – but only after another face flashes before her and then quickly disappears from the screen.

As curiosity gets the better of her Cassia sets out in search of the boy that could have – perhaps should have – been her Match, Ky Markham. It is almost by accident that she finds him and when he helps her conceal a dangerous secret, they form a close bond that could just be the end of everything they hold dear. They both know that the rules the Society has put in place must be strictly adhered too or they risk losing their Citizen status and become an Aberration. Even as Cassia feels her friendship with Xander beginning to strain under the pressure of her new found relationship, she is beginning to realise that something isn’t quite right about the Society and that her bond with Ky could be the catalyst to a discovery that will change their world forever.

Dystopian young adult fiction doesn’t get any better than this. With heart-pounding suspense and danger lurking around every corner, Cassia’s journey of awakening is a gripping read. It is also a beautiful, heartbreaking story of first love and the consequences of seeking the truth and not liking what you may find. Matched, and the other two books that follow, Crossed and Reached, are a series that will open your mind, break your heart and then piece you back together again.

Book-A-Like: Matched

Processed with MoldivWatched by Society

Trapped by Rules

Freed by Love

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match.

Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.

Except he's not.

 Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.