Matched by Ally Condie is a unique trilogy that I really enjoyed. Cassia is a young girl about to turn seventeen. She lives in “the society”, a place where the government controls everything, and the people aren’t allowed outside the city walls. At 17, girls and boys in the society attend their “match banquet”, where the government reveals the person that has been chosen for them to spend the rest of their lives with. Cassia is excited about being matched with her life-long friend, Xander, until she realizes that there has been a mistake and she may have been matched with someone else.
In the society, nothing goes wrong, usually anyway. No one runs, everyone obeys, and the citizens almost never doubt the government . After a while, Cassia starts to realize that it might not be such a bad thing to be suspicious about the “Society”. She begins to question the society, and learns that finding the truth and deciding her own fate may mean she’ll have to break some rules.
I can sometimes relate to Cassia, always seeing things differently, finding the good in people, and finding it hard to let go. Though Cassia and I aren’t even close to the same age, I can understand her desire to be free. Rockin’ Robin, Age 10
Matched is the first book of Ally Condie's trilogy.
Book 1: Matched, Book Level 4.8
Book 2: Crossed, Book Level 4.2
Book 3: Reached, Book Level 4.6