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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...
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...
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  • 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.

    Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011!

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  • From the book CHAPTER 1

    Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? My wings aren't white or feathered; they're green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move—first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn't worry me; neither do the stars ahead.

    I smile at myself, at the foolishness of my imagination. People cannot fly, though before the Society, there were myths about those who could. I saw a painting of them once. White wings, blue sky, gold circles above their heads, eyes turned up in surprise as though they couldn't believe what the artist had painted them doing, couldn't believe that their feet didn't touch the ground.

    Those stories weren't true. I know that. But tonight, it's easy to forget. The air train glides through the starry night so smoothly and my heart pounds so quickly that it feels as though I could soar into the sky at any moment.

    "What are you smiling about?" Xander wonders as I smooth the folds of my green silk dress down neat.

    "Everything," I tell him, and it's true. I've waited so long for this: for my Match Banquet. Where I'll see, for the first time, the face of the boy who will be my Match. It will be the first time I hear his name.

    I can't wait. As quickly as the air train moves, it still isn't fast enough. It hushes through the night, its sound a background for the low rain of our parents' voices, the lightning-quick beats of my heart.

    Perhaps Xander can hear my heart pounding, too, because he asks, "Are you nervous?" In the seat next to him, Xander's older brother begins to tell my mother the story of his Match Banquet. It won't be long now until Xander and I have our own stories to tell.

    "No," I say. But Xander's my best friend. He knows me too well.

    "You lie," he teases. "You are nervous."

    "Aren't you?"

    "Not me. I'm ready." He says it without hesitation, and I believe him. Xander is the kind of person who is sure about what he wants.

    "It doesn't matter if you're nervous, Cassia," he says, gentle now. "Almost ninety-three percent of those attending their Match Banquet exhibit some signs of nervousness."

    "Did you memorize all of the official Matching material?"

    "Almost," Xander says, grinning. He holds his hands out as if to say, What did you expect?

    The gesture makes me laugh, and besides, I memorized all of the material, too. It's easy to do when you read it so many times, when the decision is so important. "So you're in the minority," I say. "The seven percent who don't show any nerves at all."

    "Of course," he agrees.

    "How could you tell I was nervous?"

    "Because you keep opening and closing that." Xander points to the golden object in my hands. "I didn't know you had an artifact." A few treasures from the past float around among us. Though citizens of the Society are allowed one artifact each, they are hard to come by. Unless you had ancestors who took care to pass things along through the years.

    "I didn't, until a few hours ago," I tell him. "Grandfather gave it to me for my birthday. It belonged to his mother."

    "What's it called?" Xander asks.

    "A compact," I say. I like the name very much. Compact means small. I am small. I also like the way it sounds when you say it: com-pact. Saying the word makes a sound like the one the artifact itself makes when it snaps shut.

    "What do the initials and numbers mean?"

    "I'm not sure." I run my finger across the letters ACM and the numbers 1940 carved across the golden surface. "But look," I...

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  • DOGO Books suzannafromkentucky - Matched is about a sixteen year old girl named Cassia Reyes whose life is planned out with her having very minimal choices that she will make herself-such as who she will marry, where she will work, and when she will die. In the society that Cassia lives in, they find out who they will marry during the Matching Ceremony, when they are sixteen. The two people Matched together soon meet, then spend the next few years memorizing things about the other, because they are not from the same city. In fact, the first time they see their future spouse is up on a screen during their Matching Ceremony. When she realizes that the boy she is Matched with is from her town, Mapletree Borough, Cassia is overwhelmed with feelings. She is unsure if she wants to be married to someone that she has probably met before, even though they are matched based on their similarities, such as favorite color, favorite recreational activity, and favorite leisure activity. When she is picked to be Matched with her best friend, Xander, Cassia becomes immensely excited. When they turn twenty-one, they will be married! But when she looks at a picture of him on the Matching screen before bed, she sees Xander's face, then the face of a complete stranger…and then a blank screen. When Cassia is faced between the one she knows, who is perfect with her, and the other boy on the screen, who she has never met, but longs for, she is faced with a choice unknown to any other in her society-between perfection and passion.
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    Starred review from October 4, 2010
    All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well? She's told it was an error, but something once noticed clamors for attention, and now Cassia can't look away. Ky has many secrets, but the most stunning to Cassia is something she never suspected still existed: creativity. As they fall in love, Cassia's eyes are opened to the truth of the Society, and she knows she can no longer blindly follow its dictates. But the Society isn't through with them, and things get much, much uglier. Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing. While the ending is unresolved (the book is first in a trilogy), Cassia's metamorphosis is gripping and satisfying. Ages 14–up.

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