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Matched (Matched Trilogy)
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"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games."--Entertainment Weekly This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of 1984, Brave New World, Black Mirror, and The Handmaid's Tale.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 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 the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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Gr 7 Up-In Ally Condie's first title (Dutton, 2010) of a planned trilogy, citizens no longer have the burden of choice-from selecting meals and leisure activities to occupations and life partners, everything is regulated by the Society. Cassia, 17, is so happy the night she is matched with Xander, her best friend. But when she sees Ky's face appear for an instant on the Matching screen, she begins to question everything she believes, despite reassurance that seeing Ky was a glitch in the system. Kate Simses conveys Cassia's confusion and growing love for Ky as well as her determination to somehow make her own choices despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. There are a few jarring notes in this otherwise intriguing world which has clear echoes of George Orwell's 1984. The words police and money aren't mentioned at all until the last quarter of the story, when they suddenly make an appearance and bring those concepts into the Society's more sterile world, which doesn't seem to need money or police. Also, the intermittent music that appears later in the audiobook distracts rather than enhances the building tension. Still, the cliffhanger ending will have teens that enjoy dystopian worlds excitedly awaiting the next installment.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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