Ripped through Matched last week and relished it. Don’t let the inevitable comparisons to Hunger Games influence you. While the similarities are obvious, the tone of Matched is quite different.The two cent summary follows: Matched takes place in the dystopian future where virtually everyone conforms to rules of the Society. Couples are matched by the government. Food, art, clothing, and everything else is provided and restricted by Big Brother in the form of Officials. Every citizen carries three pills or risks an infraction, or worse – reclassification as an Aberration or Anomaly. Cassia is our protagonist, and she can be pretty infuriating at times, but that’s what makes this story unpredictable.Matched is one of three. The wait for number two, Crossed, due November 2011 already feels interminable.
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