Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Matched, the debut novel by Ally Condie, is the first in a trilogy that takes place in a dystopian world. In a futuristic world where government controls everything, seventeen-year-old Cassia happily learns she is matched with her childhood friend, Xander. When she enters the informational card that reveals information about Xander, an error occurs and she sees another familiar face, Ky’s. Ky is brought from the Outer Provinces to live with his aunt and uncle who recently lost their son due to a government failure. He is considered to be an Aberration; consequently, he is to remain a Single. A government official explains to Cassia that it was a mistake. Ky’s face should not have appeared as her match. In the old world, society was over stimulated so they only kept the top one hundred of everything (poems, songs, etc.) and cursive writing is a lost art. While Cassia spends time with Ky in a newly created hiking class, she shares the illegal poems she knows and he teaches her how to write in cursive. Cassia’s feelings for Ky grow even though she knows their relationship is forbidden. What will be the consequences for their actions? There is a lot of buzz about this book. It is on the Texas Lone Star 2011-12 Reading List. Click on the book trailer below.