Matched by Ally Condie
Hardcover, 366 pages
Matched is another novel that reminds me of The Giver by Lois Lowry. In the Society, where Cassia lives, everything is chosen for her. Her job will be selected for her, her mate or Match, will be selected for her. When something unusual happens with her match Cassia begins to wonder about the system that she’s been living in — if it’s as perfect as she always believed it to be. Seeds of curiosity are planted, first by the issue with her match, then with a gift from her dying grandfather, that make this a story about finding out what choice really is, and deciding if following the rules is what keeps everyone safe, or if breaking them leads to a better life.