Matched (Matched #1)



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. (Summary and cover courtesy of


This book was just ok to me: it was “dystopian-light”.  There were aspects I really enjoyed, but in general found Cassia a bit bland.  She always follows the rules and when she decides to step outside the norm, obsesses over it.  Though I enjoyed the storyline, I consider the book fan-fic based on “The Giver”.  The sequels “Crossed” and “Reached” more exciting overall so I recommend the series as a whole.  This would be a great series for a young reader, particularly one who may not be ready for the violence for some of the other popular dystopian series (Divergent, Hunger Games etc.).

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? YA fans

Want to read the whole series?

  • Crossed (Matched #2)
  • Reached (Matched #3)