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Not Just for Kids: 'Matched' by Ally Condie
Not Just for Kids: 'Matched' by Ally Condie

Matched A Novel Ally Condie Dutton: 384 pp., $17.99 Imagine a world of perfect efficiency, in which the culture has been culled into lists of best songs and poems and paintings. Today's plethora of technology has been pared to three standard-issue gadgets. Meals are custom-prepared for individuals' nutritional needs and delivered directly to their kitchens. What happens when a computer glitch causes a fissure in that perfect, if choreographed, world? That's the question at the center of "Matched," the first installment of a new dystopian trilogy by Ally Condie. Unfolding in a country that may be the futuristic aftermath of the U.S., "Matched" plots the...