Condie’s latest may remind readers of The Giver, Lois Lowry’s beloved tale. But with a strong-willed, passionate heroine who chooses freedom and authenticity over a life of ease, a compelling love triangle and some black-market poetry, Matched joins the ranks of classic YA literature on its own merits.

Cassia is delighted when the Match Committee — which selects mates during teens’ 17th year — pairs her with her longtime friend Xander. But then, later, at home, when she’s viewing her tape of Xander’s life, another face flashes on the screen for a split second — and she knows him too. Ky’s family history disqualified him from Matching, but someone slipped him into the pool of potentials and made sure Cassia knew about it. Soon she and Ky fall in love. But if she chooses him over Xander, everyone they care about will suffer. (DUTTON, Dec., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780525423645, HC,12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Klose