Authors: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Published: September 20, 2011
Narrator: Kate Simses
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.
I've had the hard copy of Matched sitting on my shelf for quite a while now. I purchased it right when it was released. But it was taking me so long to get to it, I decided to get the audiobook to listen to instead. Matched was a delight to read... errr, listen to. I really liked the narrator's voice. Cassia had such a sweet voice, and it just helped with the picture in my head of the sweet girl she was. Ky's voice was rather mysterious and even sounded breathless at times, which was a bit weird to me. But I became quickly engulfed in the story and enjoyed it throughout.
Cassia, at her Matching Ceremony, finds out that she is matched with none other than her friend, Xander. The wonderful, comfortable, best choice she could have ever imagined. But when Ky's face quickly appears and disappears on the screen, she is left with questions of who this is and why his face flashed on her screen. Cassia quickly becomes acquainted with Ky and questions seem to overwhelm her... is she meant to be with Xander? What are these feelings she's having for Ky?
I really enjoyed Matched. The story line was easy to follow, and though the listener was faced with several questions throughout the book, it all seemed to come together at the end nicely. Ally definitely left us wanting more... and I will be continuing on with this wonderful series.
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.