For today's winter warmer author of Tankborn, Karen Sandler takes centre stage to tell us about her favourite debut read of the year:
My favorite debut read in 2011: MATCHED by Ally Condie
In a post on my blog, karensandler.wordpress.com, I described MATCHED as "The book I was most annoyed that I couldn’t read the sequel to right away." Condie's dystopian society was fascinating and creepy and her main character Cassia grows nicely from beginning to end. Very much looking forward to CROSSED.
So what is Matched all about? Here's a brief outline of the story...
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 with complete certainty that 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.
Matched went on to win the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2011. The sequel Crossed was released on the 24th November and you can find more information on the Matched series @ http://www.matched-book.com/