author: Ally Condie
to be published November 2010
Matched opens with a group of 17-year-olds going to a banquet in order to find out his or her Match for life. When I read the first chapters, I immediately thought 1984. Government control. I'm old enough to have read Nineteen Eighty Four in high school long before 1984. It became a year to dread, but when '84 actually rolled around, it was a year just like any other -- and our government was the same.
Dystopian -- a word I never heard of until the middle of this year. Finally I figured out the meaning after reading some YA reviews. Wikipedia defines it here: Dystopian Webster's says "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives." This leads me to remember some other dystopian novels I devoured aeons ago: Brave New World and Animal Farm.
Sorry, went off on a tangent. Now for a confession: I didn't get to finish Matched. I really wanted to, but it was time to mail the arc off to the next reader in the Around the World Tour. Matched is very high on my wish list. Can't wait to find out what happens next.