|The Red Tablet|
|Owners||All parents and Citizens once they are 16 years old|
|Effects||Makes people forget the past 12 hours, unless they are immune.|
At age sixteen you are given your third and final tablet-- the red tablet. You
cannot take the red tablet unless an Official tells you to. There have always been rumors that the red tablet kills you, but the Officials have always denied it. When Ky was being taken away at the end of Matched, the Officials had the entirety of Mapletree Borough take the red tablet. As Cassia finds out, the red tablet erases all memory for the past twelve hours.
Apart from Ky's abduction, there has been one other time in Cassia's lifetime that required citizens take their red tablets. Xander knows what happened, but will not tell Cassia.
Red tablets are taken after traumatic events. The Society picks and chooses which events they want you to remember, and which will cause you to doubt the Society. For example, after Matthew Markham "died", no tablet was required to be taken. This was so each member of Society would remember that an Anomaly will kill you, and that if the Society were to fail, you would be in danger. However, when Patrick Markham began to tell the truth about the War, he was silenced. Each member of Mapletree Borough who was on the street watching Ky being taken away had to take their red tablet, so that they would forget about the War and why Ky went.
Many people are immune to the effects of the tablet, however, and only pretend to forget so as not to get into more trouble.