Matched by Ally Condie

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.
(Excerpt from Goodread)

I loved the build up between Ky and Cassia. I really felt their pain at being apart, having to keep what they felt a secret and knowing, no matter what happened, they couldn’t be together. I disliked that Xander had to be hurt, that he was a part of the Society’s cruel experiment, but he said something towards the end that sparks some hope in me that he’ll be okay.
Through the entire book, I hated the society, I disagreed with her mother and almost cried, in public, for her grandfather. More than that, my heart really went out to Ky. He was most certainly the hero every story needs. My only frustrations with the book lay with some of the decisions Cassia made. They were minor things, but you know that if she’d taken a minute or two to really think about it, she’d see what was right in front of her. I feel like a lot of what happened towards the end, could have been avoided if she had been a little quicker on the up take.
Although that said, I don’t think we would have gotten Crossed, part 2 of the series. So, I’m glad it went the way it went if only for that. Part 2 starts with Ky’s POV so that’s pretty exciting.
So, would I read more from this author? Already am. On the first chapter of Crossed.
Would I recommened this book to others? YES! It’s a very sweet and sometimes disturbing tale.

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