Matched by Ally Condie
Summary: In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It's hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one...until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path no one else has ever dared follow--between perfection and passion. (taken from book jacket)
First Line: "Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?"
My Critique: I told y'all in my last post that this was on my list of books to read. It's definitely more SciFi than my normal genre but I still really liked it. It's a distopian (sort of) novel that demonstrates a Society that has perfected...it relies on statistical data to make decisions...meals for each person are perfectly formulated with their exact balance of nutrients and vitamins, cancer has been eradicated, marriages are long and happy because you are matched with someone who statistically meshes with you. It's a very Stepford type of situation. And everyone accepts it...except for Cassia. With a little prompting from her Grandfather to be her own person, to have her own thoughts, to create her own words...paired with the error of seeing Ky on the Matched screen, Cassia starts to question the way things are done. And together she and Ky envision a new world...a way things could be. This is a trilogy and I have the second book on hold for me right now. I'm very intrigued. It perfectly sets it up for the second book.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Matched, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...