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A dystopian trilogy (''Matched'', ''Crossed'', and ''Reached'') by Ally Condie, started in 2010 and concluded in 2012.

In [[{{Dystopia}} The Society]], everything is figured out based on statistics. What you eat. Which job you'll do best at. Who your optimum partner for marriage and children is. The Society has even determined the best age for people to die at.

Cassia has always trusted their judgment. A little loss of freedom is a small price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, and the ideal mate. She's delighted during her Matching Ceremony when it's her childhood best friend, Xander, who appears on screen. But another face flashes on screen for a second, casting Cassia in uncertainty. Now she's beginning to question the perfect life she was once so content to live, and the powers that decided it for her.

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!!!Tropes:
* ArcWords: Dylan Thomas' poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," has more force and meaning every time it's quoted.
** In ''Crossed'', it's Tennyson's "Crossing The Bar."
* AerithAndBob: Character names can vary from Indie and Vick to Sarah and Catherine.
* TheAtoner: Oker
* BettyAndVeronica: Xander (Betty) vs. Ky (Veronica).
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: ''Everyone'' works for the Society.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Citizens' dreams are monitored on a regular basis.
* BlackMarket: The Archivists trade in illegal literature and information.
* BreadAndCircuses: As Cassia observes, citizens are given just enough freedom to keep them too content to rebel.
--> "They are giving us pieces of a real life instead of the whole thing. They have perfected the art of giving us just enough freedom; just enough that when we are ready to snap, a little bone is offered and we roll over, belly up, comfortable and placated like a dog." - Cassia
* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: A major part of the premise is the fact that the government chooses who you will marry based on statistics.
* CannonFodder: Aberrations are being sent into the Outer Provinces as "decoys" to draw the fire of the enemy in a mysterious war.
* CharacterBlog: http://www.matched-book.com/society.html
* ChekhovSGun: In ''Matched'' the hikers were told to remove the flags that they had tied on the Hill, which would have enabled the Society to lay paths on the Hill. [[spoiler:The reason why the flags were no longer required was revealed in ''Reached'', when Ky discovers that the Hill had been flattened.]]
** Also mentioned in ''Matched'' was Cassia's mother's job assignment, where she had to travel to the Farmlands to investigate some crops. She mentioned a crop called sego lilies. [[spoiler:The importance of it was revealed in ''Reached'' where it was the key ingredient to creating a cure for the mutated Plague. The best part? Sego lilies apparently have another name, called mariposa lilies, and nobody (except Anna) knew that the two seemingly different plants were actually the same. Even more awesome, Cassia's mother's knowledge of the location of the sego lily fields gave Cassia the chance to save her mother first.]]
* ChildSoldiers: Eli.
* TheChosenOne: Vick and Indie insist that Ky is the Pilot who will lead the Rising to victory against The Society.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Cassia is not happy about Indie's interest in Xander, despite having already rejected him in favor of Ky.
* CoolBigSis: Cassia to Bram.
* CoolOldGuy: Cassia's grandfather.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Officials wear a white uniform, workers wear blue, students wear brown.
** The pills;
*** Green - calming effects.
*** Blue - emergency hydration. [[spoiler: Actually it makes you lose water ''faster''. It was designed so that anyone who manages to escape the society cannot survive without them.]]
*** Red - [[spoiler: erases your memory of the past twelve hours.]]
** The books themselves. ''Matched'' featured a girl in a green dress in a green bubble, ''Crossed'' had a girl in a blue shirt and blue pants breaking out of a blue bubble, while ''Reached'' showed a girl in a red dress emerging from a red bubble. Of course, the colors on the covers are meant to correspond to the colors of the pills.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Lon, a classmate of Cassia's who irritates everyone with his constant questions. Later on Ky actually comes to appreciate his outspoken nature.
** On a bigger scale, all of The Society functions like this.
* CripplingOverspecialization: One of the tenets of the Society. According to them, the previous society was overloaded with choices. People only learn what is required for their job, and every major life decision is left up to them.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Ky's father associating with the rebels lead the family to be reclassified as Aberrations and moved to the desolate Outer Provinces. When the area was bombed Ky was the only survivor. He was taken away by Society officials before he could bury his parents. Since the memory-wiping [[RedPillBluePill drug]] doesn't affect him, he remembers all of this but can never speak to anyone about it.
* DueToTheDead: Ky and Vick make a point of burying their fellow soldiers, reciting "Crossing The Bar" in lieu of a prayer.
** Ky later reveals that his biggest regret is leaving his parents' bodies unburied.
* DystopiaIsHard: The Society is facing a shortage of manpower to monitor the Citizens, for one thing, and is struggling to find more efficient means of running things.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Society believes that too many choices leads to stress.
* FieryRedhead: Averted. Cassia is an introvert. Even when she does get angry, she mostly keeps it to herself.
* FireForgedFriends: Ky, Vick and Eli; Cassia and Indie.
* FollowTheLeader: Like other dystopian romances published in the same time period, it wants to catch some of the sun that ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is basking in. In this case, Cassia is Katniss, Xander is Gale, Ky is Peeta, Bram is Prim, and Eli is Rue.
** Some detractors have noted that the Society is ''uncomfortably'' similar to [[TheGiver the Community]].
* FullCircleRevolution: The Rising.
* FutureImperfect: Zig-zagged. The Society has picked one-hundred of the best of everything of the past for everyone to know, but they don't know about the rest.
* GenreSavvy: Ky has evidently read ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', judging by his knowledge of how the Prisoner's Dilemma works.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: The pills everyone carries with them at all times, and are occasionally ordered to take by an official. The green pill is taken to calm people down, the blue pill is [[spoiler: poison disguised as]] an emergency nutrient, and the red pill [[spoiler: wipes your memory of the past 12 hours.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Various characters note that the Rising and Society have a lot in common. [[spoiler:It turns out that this is because the Society had infiltrated the Rising so deeply that by the time the rebellion actually occurred, it was simply the Society changing their name and then going about business as usual.]]
* HandsOnApproach: Ky teaches Cassia how to write cursive by drawing the letters in the dirty with sticks.
* HiddenDepths: Ky is a poet and can draw recognizable portraits even on a dirty napkin. Xander [[spoiler: has a well hidden jealous streak: when they were younger, he dared Ky to take the red tablets without knowing what they did, which is how they find out about the memory-wipe effect.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The Society created a virus as a means of destroying the Enemy, but it eventually mutated into the plague that nearly wiped out The Society.]]
* HystericalWoman: Cassia's friend Em, who is prone to anxiety attacks.
* IHaveThisFriend: Indie tells Cassia how ''"her mother"'' tried to escape The Society by boat and failed.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: How many of you knew Cassia is pronounced "Kasha"?
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Ky's eyes appear to be different colors depending on his environment.
* LaResistance: The Rising.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: What the red pill does.]]
* LoneSurvivor: Hunter is the last of his village.
** Ky is also the only survivor in his village.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: [[spoiler: Indie falls for Xander from looking at Cassia's microcard.]]
* ManlyTears: Cassia is quite touched to see Ky crying during a war film, even though the special effects were terrible. It turns out the carnage onscreen was actually real.
* MouthyKid: Eli.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Most of The Society, since reading and books are outlawed.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As part of Cassia's job as a sorter, she's asked to sort a group of Aberration workers she's studying into two groups based on their efficiency. Ky happens to be one of them. While she's watching, she guesses The Society must need the best workers for something else, and also realizes the reason Aberrations tend not to live long is because the chemicals they're made to work with are highly toxic. Cassia moves Ky to the high-efficiency group, thinking she's spared him from an early death. The next day the officials comes for Ky, and it's revealed the high-efficiency group are being moved to the Outer Provinces to fight The Enemy, which is a guaranteed death sentence.
** In ''Crossed'' Cassia gives an Aberration boy some of her blue hydration pills in return for helping her, not realizing [[spoiler: the pills actually cause you to dehydrate ''faster''. She later finds him dead in the canyon, with blue fluid staining his mouth.]]
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Cassia and Ky. Justified, since their relationship is forbidden on multiple levels, they have to keep up the pretense of being just-friends. Getting caught would be extremely serious.
* NoNameGiven: The boy who runs away from the village with Cassia and Indie.
* NoSell: On a rare occasion, someone might have a natural resistance to the red [[spoiler: memory-erasing]] tablet, such as Xander, Ky, and Indie. However, they still have to act like it works on them so as not to catch The Society's attention.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Ky doesn't trust the Rising any more than The Society, since his father's revolutionary activity is what got their village destroyed and the Rising never came to help. He does join, but mostly for Cassia's sake.
* NoteToSelf: Cassia writes "Remember" to herself right before being forced to take a red pill to know that she has forgotten something important.
* OrphansOrdeal: Ky, Indie and Eli.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: The Society determines who will be the best partner for you based on statistics and "matches" you to them. And apparently...it works! We don't see a single unhappy matched couple over the course of the trilogy.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Almost literally -- neither the unnamed boy nor Indie tell Cassia that [[spoiler:the blue tablets she carries around and refers to as the key to survival are actually poison]]. Despite what must seem like very strange statements about them, they assume she already knows.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Vick and Indie believe Ky to be the future "Pilot," the mythical leader of the Rising. He denies it.
* RuleOfThree: There are three books in the series (it's called a ''trilogy'' for a reason), there are three pills; green, blue and red, and in ''Reached'' there are [[spoiler:three narrators, namely Cassia, Ky and Xander]].
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Vick.]]
* SceneryPorn: The descriptions of the Carving in ''Crossed'', inspired by the canyons of southern Utah where Ally Condie grew up.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Xander is handsome, athletic and the best at everything he does.
* StateSec: The Officials.
* TallPoppySyndrome: The more competent among the workers are drafted into the army and sent to war. Ky works hard to avoid this by being as average as possible.
** [[spoiler:Too bad it's subverted by Cassia (albeit she did it unknowingly and with good intentions) when she sorted him into the higher skilled group, only to cause him to be drafted.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: At the end of ''Matched'' Cassia is told that someone put the Aberrations into the matching pool, which is how Ky ended up on her microcard. [[spoiler: During ''Reached'' Cassia remembers that it was actually ''her'' that did it.]]
* TroubledButCute: Ky has a troubled past. While it isn't explicitly mentioned if he is attractive, it's pretty much implied anyway. And honestly, is there any male lead in young adult novels who ''isn't'' physically attractive?
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Cassia, Ky and Xander.
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: At the end of ''Matched'' Cassia finds out they [[spoiler: poison you on your Eightieth Birthday meal, which is how they make sure you die at the age they decided. ]]
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Aberrations do all the hard, menial work. Usually it involves handling toxic chemicals that shorten their lifespan.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: Everyone has personalized meals which are designed for their weight, age, and job.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Xander is in the Rising."]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''Crossed'' Cassia calls Ky out for burning the map that leads to the Rising, taking her choice away from her. He retorts that she did the same thing when she sorted him at the nutrition center.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Vick and Indie both think they're joining the MagneticHero's set of TrueCompanions in a WalkingTheEarth-style fantasy, that Ky and Cassia have chosen them to join them in LaResistance and are leading them to the Rising, and that Ky is TheChosenOne.
* XanatosGambit: Near the end of the first novel, it's revealed that The Society have known about Cassia's secret relationship with Ky the whole time, and have been using it as an experiment to prove that Matching indeed makes people fall in love, since without it she would never have known Ky. If she had picked Xander, then they would have known that she was willing to obey what was expected of her. Either way, the Society would get what they wanted. [[spoiler:Ky was also told about him being matched to Cassia in ''Matched''.]]
** It should be noted that while the Official tried to avoid admitting it, The Society weren't the ones who put Ky's image on the microcard. They more or less just ran with it and spun it whatever way proved their system worked.
** Subverted somewhat in ''Reached'' when Xander mentioned that Ky already loved Cassia back when they were still kids.
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