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Matched

by Ally Condie

Penguin Young Readers Group | November 30, 2010 | Hardcover

Matched is rated 3.5641 out of 5 by 39.
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.

Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011!

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Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.35 × 1.05 in

Published: November 30, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525423648

ISBN - 13: 9780525423645

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this story to a point. A Dystopian plotline that follows the life of Cassia Reyes, a sorter who has reached the age where she will be matched with her mate. The book opens with Cassia being matched with her best friend, Xander. But as she opens the file that outlines her match's attributes a different face flashes onto the screen: Ky Markham. As Cassia tries to make sense of what happened an official tells her that Ky's face showing up was an error. And furthermore, she reveals that Ky can never be matched because he is an Aberration. The rest of the book revolves around Cassia's growing discontentment with her society's rules and regulations (of which there are many). As more and more corruption in the system is revealed, Cassia also finds herself having to choose between her best friend, Xander, and Ky, the boy she is developing strong feelings for. I enjoyed this story to a point. I really liked the character development and how Cassia grew from an obedient citizen to a rebel as the story progressed. I didn't enjoy the love triangle theme of the book - as this was a significant theme in the novel. I find love triangles that dominate the main female character's motives tend to weaken the story's plotline for me as a reader. I would rather see the character develop on her own without romantic conflict.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Horrible Story The story had an amazing plot and idea to it but, it was HORRIBLY written! In my option, the summary was much more interesting than any part of the actually story. Matched was excruciatingly boring and is my least favorite book I have ever read in my whole life. In fact, it was so tedious that, and I kid you not, I literally chucked at the wall!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The whole idea was amazing but... From Chapter 15 more or less it became boring, especially when Cassia started to questioned the Society and with keeping some "illegal" poems. Maybe later I will read the other books but for some reason, I wanted that Cassia didn't focused so much on the decision between Xander and Ky.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull The summary makes the book sound action-packed and exciting with a twist of romance. However, it is not. I started reading the book and kept waiting for something exciting to happen that would make me not want to put the book down. It never did. It was such a drag to finish the book, and when I did, I regretted buying and reading it because it was not worth it at all. However I did like the idea of the story, I just did not like how it was written.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring and Misleading When I read the summary it looked amazing, so I started reading it. After the first few pages it just started rolling down hill. It is not nearly as good as the summary leads you to believe.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Strong Series Starter! Now I know that there many, many dystopian books out there that everyone claims to be AMAZING! and, some of them are. It depends on the book, and the reader. Anyway, i think that Matched is one of those really really great - not quite 'AMAZING' - books, except it deserves the credit that it gets.I love the premise, Ky is the best character in this book and Condie goes to great lengths to get readers to relate to him and appreciate his lifestory. I love the writing and the Society in which everything is controlled and planned out for you, from who you are going to marry to when you die. Its written beautifully and i love the poems and Cassia trying to figure out Kys story. Although i love this book, Cassia is not my favourite lead in a dystopian/romance book/series. I mean, i like her, but shes not anything special. She doesnt stick out in my mind. Theres no real reason that i can pinpoint, but i still dont love her. I do wish that we learn more about Xander, too. I am also not too excited to read the next book. I like the ending and want to find out what happens next, but, i don't know, I'm not finding myself racing out to the store to buy it, or even looking up reviews on my local library's website. I think i want to read the next book, but probably not anytime soon. I don't even know if i want to, but i figure, eventually, I'll get around to it. Eventually. Condie does a great job of connecting readers with Cassia. I really enjoyed reading her story. It's entertaining and facinating, and definitely a page turner! I dont know what else to say. Its an intreguing concept and written soooo well. If youre a fan of great dystopian novels, that are sometimes predictable but are written so well that you enjoy it, you will like Matched!
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A more intellectual dystopia This was an interesting counterpoint to the usual dystopia tales I've been reading in the Teen section lately. For one, the story itself is far more intellectual and less action-based - the heroine is faced with a lot of decision-based struggles, ethical quandaries, and the harsh reality that she is not living in a world that she thought she loved. The Society has come to a point where choice has mostly been removed, and as a result, people live to eighty (but no longer, having a 'final banquet' and passing thereafter), they are 'matched' with someone who is good for them mentally, emotionally, and genetically. Your job is decided upon your aptitude. Food is delivered perfectly tailored to your needs. Life is as it is predicted to be, and The Society is very good at prediction. So when the heroine is matched with a childhood friend, she is delighted. Until she reviews her portable record of the match, and sees a different face. A face she knows. And she begins to realize that everything about her perfect Society might not be right after all...
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little Boring, could use some inprovement I found Matched a little boring. I liked the idea and the characters, but the events and plot could use some inprovement to make it less boring. I liked the way the author presented each character but she could tell you more about the character throughout the book. The plot was boring and could use something to spice it up.
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wish it was more exciting. The idea of being Matched seems really cool to me… Uhh… anyway, Cassia and Xander, who are best friends, go out to the Match Banquet on the same day. Unexpectedly [and probably expectedly for the readers], they’re Matched with each other. Yay! They’re both happy. Best friends becoming a couple. If they weren’t together, it probably would’ve made for a very different story, as in one involving jealousy and etc. but I’m straying away from this book haha. This story seemed really interesting the beginning. Cool futuristic ceremony which sets the background for the book and what happens when people get Matched. A seemingly very exciting process. So I enjoyed the first part. However, the story then began to slow down a lot. We would read about Cassia going back and forth between a limited number of places and it starts to become boring to read through. One would think that after being introduced to Ky, the boy whose face flashed in front of Cassia for an extremely quick moment, something more interesting would occur right? … Not really. Instead, all we get is Cassia doubting her Match every few pages and obsessing over him. “Is it Xander? So then why did Ky show up? … I’m going to forget about Ky because Xander is definitely my Match… oh, I wonder what Ky is doing…” Every time I wanted to pick up and finish it, I would stop after a chapter or less. I can’t connect with Cassia and how she’s feeling about the “mistake”. Maybe it’s just me .__. Or maybe because she can’t make up her mind about how to deal with everything. If you’re going to say you’re going to forget about someone, just do it! Otherwise, save your breath because I don’t think people enjoy going through such finicky and repetitive decisions. I guess it's okay for anyone interested in reading. If you want to read about a fictional future, there are better choices.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough to make me check for next release It's a little slower than something like the hunger games, but more relatable. The characters don't disappoint as the series continues.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This book is recommended for readers who enjoyed "The Hunger Games" or "The Divergent". The similarity of the novel is the controlled society. I enjoyed the book but didn't love it. I liked the characters and their personalities. The book is an easy read and for the most part a fast read. The book interested me enough to read the sequal "Crossed" I am almost finished reading it.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favourites!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Matched was an amazing book!!!!!!!! If you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent, this book is totally for you!!!! When I got it, I wasn't so sure, but trust me everyone will love it!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book. Sure, the concept isn't the most original in the world with the government controlling everything from marriages to death to what they eat, and there is a love triangle like so many other YA novels these days, but little things like that don't matter to me. It's about the story and the characters, and this book had plenty of both to keep me turning the pages. Cassia isn't rebelling just to rebel, she's not ignoring that there will be consequences to both her and her family, she cares about people's feelings. I found her to be extremely relatable even though our lives couldn't be more different. More than once it felt like her thoughts were my own and she was doing what I hoped I'd be brave enough to do if I was in her situation.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Enjoyable Read I was drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. The sheen of the dress and being trapped in a bubble creates a simple image, but because it’s placed in such a sparse background it really makes it pop. I read the synopsis and it was toted as a romance in a dystopian world and since I was still on my dystopian binge reading phase I decided to pick it up. The story really draws you in with the first few chapters that describes the Matching ceremony- which really acts like a rite of passage prom for these Society controlled teenagers. You get the extravagant dress, meal, and your date will be provided courtesy of match makers that will pair you with your perfect - for the purposes of breeding and lifetime pairing - match. That is unless you’re Cassia whose perfect match happens to be at the same Matching ceremony and happens to be her best friend Xander - so their courtship isn’t what would be considered normal from hereon. In the Society everything and everyone is carefully controlled and regulated. Honestly, they don’t eat, sleep or void their bowels, without the Society having a hand in it. They even require everyone to carry this nifty box of pills that are reminiscent of The Matrix’s red and blue pill, with an added green pill, which if you’ve seen The Matrix, you know these can’t be a good sign of what’s to come. The setting is pretty limited, and most of Cassia’s non working time is spent in a theatre or games hall in polite structured interactions with Xander. But it’s the forbidden moments in the forest with love interest number two: Ky, that really picks up the pace of the story. However, this supposed love triangle seemed to be pointed in a very specific direction. The romance is tepid at most, there’s nothing too intense or particularly passionate about it. It’s primarily about Cassia and Ky discovering each other’s interests (since Cassia and Xander know the other so well) which happens to involve a lot of forbidden poetry- so on the bright side it’s not insta-love. Cassia’s character is torn between doing what she’s been taught to do by society, and what she wants to do. She’s rigid in her performance in front of officials, but I really like her when she has a spark of rebellion in her eye. Xander is ultimately the good boy, the boy your parents would be proud to have you Matched to. He’ll care for you and provide for you, he’s polite in every which way but what I really love about him is that he’s fiercely loyal and will do anything to protect Cassia. Ky on the other hand is of course the bad boy, the seducer, the Society lets him live a marginal life, but he has a secret and this secret is what keeps him in line. He’s probably the most intriguing character because he’s shrouded in so much mystery and you keep reading because you want to know his story! The reveals involving Ky toward the end were perfect at bringing some closure to the big questions in the story but then it just fuels the question of, where do they go from here? As the story progresses the cracks in the Society are revealed until at the tip of the ice berg critical decisions are made that causes the Societies Officials to step in, which creates the most heart stopping parts of the story when Cassia’s entire world crumbles. Really for me what was worth the read was all the reveals and what was going on outside of the Society’s control that was far more interesting than the romances that we were supposed to be focusing on. All in all it was a quick read, and had some enjoyable moments if you don’t delve too deeply into thinking about it; there’s certain elements to how the society is run that really irks me for instance the whole they’re allowed to read but not write thing. It’s sequel Crossed is sitting on my to-be read pile, the ending of Matched really left the door wide open so I am curious as to how this will play out.
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story! I read this in a matter of days. Could not put it down. Once I finished I ran out to our local Chapters and bought Crossed. Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out in the fall!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh.... When I seriously got into reading books im pretty sure that this was the first book i stoped reading because it just wasnt good. I was even 10 pages away from the ending and i just couldnt do it. This book is SOOOOO BORING! I will give Ally some credit that there were a few parts that were good but the majority of the book was awful. I feel that the biggest thing that didn't keep my attention was the pacing of the story. It was too slow. I really wanted to like this book but maybe if the pacing was faster then i maybe would have gotten more out of the book. Unfortunately I give this book a crappy 2/5 stars.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cross between Brave New World and Logan's Run for YA Mini Book Review: Can't believe I have had this on my shelf for so long and haven't read it (and yes I have sequel too, lent it to Keira) A nice fast paced dystopian story for the YA and those who enjoy YA. I have to say I really am a big fan of this dystopian and post-apocalyptic trend as I tend to really enjoy them. They are often thought provoking and put out some interesting moral questions that can lead to some fabulous discussions. This one reminded me sort of like a cross between Brave New World and Logan's Run and I mean that as a compliment. The characters are intriguing and develop nicely, especially Cassia, you can really feel her struggle and disillusionment with society. I like her relationship with her parents, brother and grandparents, it felt real and honest. You can really see the appeal of the society that has been created and how it came to be, which makes Cassia's struggle so realistic. Nice added bonus the parents are not d-bags which is why I gave it an extra .25, as we know my feelings about the portrayal of parents in YA books. My only issues with this really are just a personal preference sort of things. The angsty stuff gets on my nerves since, well, I'm not a teen anymore and I felt the relationships between Cassia and Em wasn't developed enough. That's about it guys, I just think its a good story to lose yourself in for a while and look forward to cracking open Crossed when I get home tonight -- that's right Keira I'm taking it back tonight! Oh yeah and the whole time I was reading it I couldn't get the song Freewill by Rush out of my head -- read it you will get why! 4.25 Dewey's I am ashamed to say I got this over a year ago at the OLA conference from Penguin and didn't read it till now -- sorry guys!
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from www.addictedtonovels.blogpsot.com Three words: SO.FREAKING.AMAZING.! I have never read anything like this! At the start of the book it was hard to read after I got into it a bit, just because everyone is controlled by the Society and Officials and nobody really has an actual choice. Life is pretty much the same day to day, not a hair out of place. If it is, there is usually trouble to follow. When Cassia and Xander are Matched at the Match Banquet, I was so 'Team Xander', but by the time I finished the last page of the novel, HELLO, 'Team Ky' here! I love Xander but he's more like the child hood best friend, practically your brother, I think there's more sparks between Cassia and Ky than with Xander. I love how as the novel goes on, Cassia starts to come out of her shell more and more and starts to see things the way they really are. I got so emotionally into this book, especially in certain parts like when her grandpa dies and gives her that poem out of her compact that's not one of the 'hundred poems', or when Ky was being taken away from the neighborhood, omg, so heartbreaking! I HAVE to read Crossed book #2 ASAP! This novel does not disappoint...so go read it! :)
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Match for Distopian Fans Dystopian romance fans will not be disappointed by "Crossed", the second book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. After Ky is sent to a certain death in the Outer Provinces, Cassia embarks on a dangerous journey to find him, but as she uncovers truths about the Society, her quest turns into something bigger. She also learns more about Xander, the boy she is supposed to be matched with, making her less certain about her future with Ky. Although the futuristic society Ally Condie created is reminiscent of the one in Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451", it both plausible and contains many original elements. The love triangle is also believable, and it is refreshing that the heroine has other things on her mind than just boy troubles. I give this book four out of five red tablets.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic dystopian novel! One of my favourite reads of 2011 This book will be among the top of the list for my favourite reads of 2011! It has won several literary awards, including: 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and 2010 Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of the Year for Fiction. Cassia Reyes is a 17 year-old teenager living in a dystopian world. Teens can choose whether they will remain single or be "matched." Those wishing to be matched will be found a partner using a scientific balance of probabilities to result in the healthiest offspring. By gene-matching in this way, the Society effectively has wiped out cancer and other terminal and degenerative diseases. At Cassia's Match Banquet, her match is revealed to be none-other than her best friend, Xander Carrow. As is customary at the Match Banquet, Cassia receives a silver box containing a microchip that has background information about her match. When Cassia puts the chip into her system, she is shocked to see a picture of someone else flashed on the screen - and it is a picture of another boy that she knows: Ky Markham. Cassia wonders whether a mistake has been made regarding her match. Was Ky intended to be her match instead of Xander? The Society doesn't make mistakes, so how could this have happened? As Cassia tries to uncover the truth, she discovers that there is a lot about the Society that doesn't add up. I thought this was a fantastic dystopian novel, and dystopia is fast-becoming one of my favourite genres! I found myself daydreaming about what life would be like in the world that Condie has created: Obesity has been eliminated due to catered meals created and delivered for each mealtime that meets each individual's caloric needs, recreational time that is scheduled into each day to allow everyone time to de-stress, a vocation that is chosen for someone based on their strengths and abilities. It sounds to me like it would be a virtually stress-free world! With debilitating diseases wiped out, each person can live a long and healthy life until the age of 80 which is age that is "chosen" for each person to die. Another interesting concept in Condie's world is that life is structured to be as uncluttered as possible. This means that there are only 100 songs, 100 poems, 100 books, etc. Condie's world-building is quite complex. As long as you didn't question the Society's decisions, you could live quite blissfully in Condie's world. That is, unless, you wished for free choice. Even the recreational time isn't truly "free" because you can only choose one of the options given to you. Would you give up your right for free choice if you could live a relatively trouble-free life? Although such a life is tempting, I suspect that I would be one of those that would try to rebel against authority. Narrator Katie Simses was a perfect choice for this book. Her voice as Cassia was believable and authentic, and I found her interesting to listen to. I loved this book! Cassia is a fantastic character, and I love her evolution from one of the mindless Society followers to someone who begins to question the choices made for her. I may not have always agreed with the decisions Cassia made (for example, when she burned her Grandfather's poem), but I thought the choices she made were true to her character. I highly recommend Matched, and I can't wait for the story to continue in the next installment, Crossed. MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dystopian society rebellion Matched is about a young girl who has just turned old enough to become matched. She goes to the ceremony and finds out shes been matched with her best friend, xander, despite all odds. However he wasnt the only one she was matched, ky, is another face that pops up. Initially she struggles with forgetting ky and focusing on xander, part way through she begings to fall for ky, however he is completely off limits if she wants to maintainin good graces with the government. but like any novel she goes against the grain of society to make her unforbbiden love work. This book was both interesting to read and fully engrossed you into the story line. you really understand the main character and the secondary characters aswell. i am much anticipating the sequel novel, since this book leaves you with a cliffhanger ending. Overall a very well written and interesting boook. i would highly reccomend it
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good dystopian fiction Summary Cassia is pretty happy with her life. She has a good family, good friends, and she's finally on her way to her matching ceremony where her real future will begin! She's confident that the Society knows what's best. Her parent's long and happy marriage is proof of the success of the matching system, so when the Society gives Cassia her match, she knows that she's been paired with the right person. But when a tiny flaw in system makes Cassia aware of other options, her belief in the Society and everything they stand for slowly starts to crumble. Now Cassia is faced with a difficult decision between the easy life she's always known, or risking everything to follow her heart. Review Matched is set in a well-crafted and intriguing dystopian society, that strips away the pleasures and privileges we have become so accustomed to in today's high-tech, possession-driven world. The three main characters in the story are unique and well developed, though I found the secondary characters lacked depth. The intricate differences between Xander and Ky made for an enjoyable love triangle (and I'm often not fond of the love triangle). There is very little in the way of action in Matched, but the trials and tribulations of the people under the Society's control will keep readers engaged. I'm a relatively new reader to dystopian fiction, but I couldn't help comparing Matched to The Hunger Games as I was reading. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Matched, in this comparison it falls a little short. Verdict If you're able to let go of comparisons and enjoy it for what it is, Matched is a fascinating story and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary world, but there is hope Cassia lives in the perfect Society. She attends a school with the optimum of classes perfectly designed to provide her with the education she will need for her future employment. After sufficient testing and observation, the Society selects the employment that she is most suited for. Prepared foods, with Cassia's exact nutritional needs are delivered to her prior to each meal time. The Society even functions to the extent that they select the perfect mate for each marriageable member, and when you time on earth is at it's end, they arrange a peaceful demise. It is at Cassia's matching ceremony that she first notes that there might be something amiss in her very structured Society. When reviewing the disk that should only contain biographical information about Xander, her perfect mate, she is shown the photograph of another young man, Ky Markham. While and official tries to reassure Cassia that this was and error, she knows that her Society does not make errors and she begins to wonder what it might mean for her, for Xander and for Ky. I was fascinated during my visit to this dystopian society. At first, it did seem like a comfortable place to live, where you would be healthy and employed till your final days. Then, like Cassia, I came to see that there really was no freedom. Yes you could chose which activity to attend, as long as you did attend. You couldn't enter anyone else's dwelling, I won't call it a home since Cassia never seemed to do anything there beyond eating dinner and sleeping. She didn't play there or even relax, there were other places where that was to be done and where she was continually observed carrying out those activities. Even at her house, she couldn't be sure that she wasn't being observed via the 'port'. The Society had no outlet for creativity. All poetry had been culled to an acceptable 100 poems, as had artwork and history. arg, that is not freedom. Finally, it was the constant fear that Cassia and her family lived in everyday that proved that there was something fundamentally wrong in this world. Fear that their conversations would be overheard, fear that what they had done would be perceived as wrong, fear that they couldn't live up to the expectations of the Society. Even with this variety of challenges to living in this Society, I can see that for many it would be perfect. They could mindlessly live each day and not be concerned what might happen during the next. The Society would have taken care of that for them. This is the first book in a trilogy with the next book, Crossed, due out in November 2011. I listened to the unabridged audio version that was read by Kate Simses. She did a wonderful job of portraying both the male and female characters. I would definitely listen to other books read by her. 9 hours 49 minutes. Penguin Audio. Suitable for ages 14+.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not too bad Once again I picked up this book because I liked the cover, it's simple get eye catching, perfect. Then I read the jacket and figured why the heck not. Now while I won't say that I was disappointed by the book I won't say I was thrilled either. The characters are all flat and it's really hard to care about Cassia and her boring love triangle. I did find it to be a pretty quick read so at least it didn't drag. I don't know whether it was the actual story fo the book that bored me or the setting of the sterile future world.I'll probably read the next one to see if it gets any better but I won't hold my breath.
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Enough to Read the Sequel, but Kind of Slow... You know a book is just plain 'okay' when you can't remember the lead character. I am getting my dystopian fiction all confused! I did enjoy this book, but it was really, really slow. The concept is fabulous - kind of a natural progression you could see the world taking if things started to get out of hand. There just wasn't enough action in the book to make it a page turner. And the love triangle (could you even call it that???) was boring...there was no chemistry between the characters...but how can there be chemistry when your lead character is rather uncharismatic? I am hoping Crossed will have more going on - more love story and more action...
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting and good i liked this book very much after reading it. it was sweet and somewhat encourages it's readers to challenge anything that doesn't seem right. i liked how the relationship developed between cassia and ty, slow but real. some interesting plot twists, very enjoyable.
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Futuristic Dystopia The world in this novel is how I would imagine the future. With advanced technology and a better government. However, I did not see the idea of being paired up. It would make sense in the olden days, but in what is to be the future, it doesn't. I've read so many thoughts of people being matched because they're compatible. It does make sense, but if you're so similar wouldn't it be like sharing a life with yourself? It baffles me how people can't think about this, but apparently it still makes for a great book. The better govenrment isn't a terrifc thing though as the law is more enforced. I felt super bad for Ky learning about his history, there's always one person with a fate like this and it's entirely unfair.
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable book I picked this book up based on the excerpt and was not disappointed at all. I loved the way that it was written, very poetic at times and sweetly romantic. I thought the main character was very real and the evolution of her realization about the Society she lives in and her lack of choices was very compelling. A very well-written 1st book. I look forward the picking up the second book in the Fall.
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Try Hunger Games instead. I am trying to figure out what in the world the hype was all about for this book. I heard so many good reviews from it and gave it a try hoping it was good as everyone said it was. I fail to see what’s so great about it. The beginning chapters of the book did manage to get my attention to keep reading. It was interesting and I wanted to read more. The moments with Cassia and her grandfather were touching and did hit a soft spot for me. I enjoyed reading Cassia and Xander. They were literally, perfect together. Then Ky comes in. It came to the point where I really started to hate Ky. It wasn’t just Ky I started to hate. Cassia really got on my nerves. All the chapters were about Ky. Ky this. Ky that. What would Ky do? oh, I bet Ky would like that. Oh, Ky would have done something else. Ky is the light of my world. I want to kiss Ky but not yet. Ky looked so beautiful looking at the sun. Ky Ky Ky Ky Ky yeah..you get my point? I understand she’s fallen in love, and fallen hard but it’s almost a very unhealthy borderline obsession and it just about made me stop reading. I didn’t know how I put up with reading endless pages about Ky. I don’t care about Ky. I want to know more about the dystopian society the characters were living in. I wanted some action and I wanted the plot to move. It got even more frustrating because then she adds Xander to this mix. Then it became: I love Ky, but I love Xander too. Xander and I are meant to be. Yet I want Ky. Egads Cassia, what in the world do you want? you want your cake and you want to eat it too?? At this point in the book I wanted to get in there and punch her to let her come to her senses. The descriptions on the world were slow to come out. They were given in fragments and it felt as if you had to pull teeth to find out more about this dystopian society. It certainly had interesting concepts and the usual characteristics of a dystopian fiction and I did like the ‘three pills’ idea. however I just don't get why the delay in explaining how the world was like? Why give bits and fragments here and there for the reader? It just made the book drag. The plot was interesting at first, but it was slow moving and nothing really happened. Don’t expect any action until the very end, and by that time, I didn’t really care anymore and thought I wasted my time with this book. If you just want a book with romance as the main central theme take this. If you’re expecting a dystopian fiction with romance on the side, but with a good exciting plot I suggest you try Hunger Games instead.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is an absolute must read for all dystopian fantasy lovers. Brave New World meets The Handmaiden's Tale with an updated tone for today's young adults. The mechanical language transforms from cold, technical terms to beautiful prose and poetry as Cassia begins to find who she is instead of who they predict she will be. Can't wait for the next installment - I haven't stopped thinking of the characters since I finished it.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A world I didn't want to escape When I first saw this book, I read the description and I thought it would be interesting. Boy, was I ever right. Although many books recently are about the future, this book takes it to a whole new level. It explores the true meaning of defining yourself and making your own choices, but at the expense of the ones you love. Cassia, the main female character, lives in a world where everything is already predetermined, and for her whole life she has never questioned the Societies perfection...until now. After a 'glitch' occurs in the most important part of her life, being 'Matched', Cassia begins to question the real intentions of the Society she has trusted her whole life. Through this book, it's extremely easy to feel the frustration, heartache, and confusion that Cassia experiences because of the way Condie describes it, and that is what I love most. I was a little disappointed at the end, and I'm hoping that there will be a sequel, however the end does not take away from the rest of the book. I absolutely loved this book, and I now declare it as one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ending Ties It All Together When I first began reading this book, I found myself wrinkling my nose at the sentences. They felt like facts. Merely statements of what Cassia was doing or what she knew. However, towards the end of the book, I began to grow more and more attached to the characters, as Cassia became more and more attached to Ky. It wasn't until the end of the book that I began to notice that Cassia's word choice were becoming less as less like facts and moer like creations. A creation of her feelings for Ky, a creation of how she veiwed what was occuring around her, a creation of herself. This was the purpose of the beggining facts. To show us how Cassia grew and learned how to create things, how to choose for herself, even if she wasn't aloud to. Overall, the content of the book wasn't action-packed to the point where I had a heart-attack every few pages, the over all message is what gave this book it's extra star (leaf?). But what do you expact for a world were the government controls everything you do? This book packs the message of how lucky we are simply to choose what we eat for breakfast. Heck, even if we choose to skip out on breakfast, and I would gladly recrommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read While this book wasn't as action packed as other YA dystopian novels, it was still very good. The majority of the society depicted seems to be a pretty peaceful one, but in order to get that peace people have to give over control of every aspect of their lives. Because of this sheeplike tendency of the characters to follow the Society's rules I didn't find them to be particularly compelling.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good, but left me wanting more Overall, this book was a solid 3.5 Stars, but it still felt like something was missing. With the hype surrounding it, and all of the great reviews given to this book, i was expecting more than I got. I loved the concept, and Ally Condie did a fantastic job creating a believable futuristic world, but it still seemed there was something missing. *Spoiler alert* I never really got into the book, or her relationship with both Ky and Xander. I understood that they were 'matched', but ultimately so were Ky and Cassia. Overall, I would recommend this book to any dystopian fans, but this book is probably better to borrow from the library than to purchase.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In The Middle I feel very in the middle about this book because on one hand it was good it had a good concept and had a nice romance element to it but on the other hand I thought it could have been better concidering there was alot of hype surrounding this book. I wasn't to sure what to expect from this because there was a lot of mixed reviews but I did think it was good and I will read the next in the series. The one thing that bugged me about this book was that I never fully believed the relationships Cassia had with both Ky and Xander ( sorry if it spoils ) but I didn't believe in the relationships so I hope that gets better with the other books. :0)
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Love it nor Hate it I was absolutely thrilled to get a copy of this book,. I was so anxious to read it from the moment I knew what it was about. The overall setting and concept was not a let down, I was amazed at how Condie created a detailed, futuristic world that was captivating from the start to finish. All of the rules and regulations involved with this world were very fascinating and it truly made this book come to life. Aside from the setting, I also loved the idea of having a love triangle involved with the a girl living in this futuristic world. Cassia is the main character, and we meet Xander and Ky soon after. Overall, they were good characters. It was a very odd love triangle because Xander and Ky are complete opposites. Xander had a great personality who who put a smile on your face whenever he made a presence. Ky on the other hand, was strange and very mysterious in a sense. He hardly displays emotion, and I found it hard to connect to him because he just wasn't a character that I understood. By the end of the book, Ky became somewhat likable, and I did grow to anticipate the moments where he was with Cassia. It wasn't entirely fair because Ky had way more time with Cassia then Xander did, and that made me a little upset, because I absolutely love Xander. This love triangle isn't as simple as it may seem. All three of them live in a world where decisions are made for you. The Officials decide who you will love, where you will work and when you will die. This is the future, where air trains take you to your destination, and food arrives at your house steaming underneath foil ware. The Officials have only chosen 100 songs,100 poems and 100 pieces of art for the Society, it is a world with very little variety. You may only love your match, and this is where Cassia runs into trouble. During the year of your seventeenth birthday, you will have a Match Banquet where you will finally see who The Officials have matched you with for the rest of your life. This Banquet could happen at any time during that year, and we learn in the beginning, that Cassia is about to have hers. All of the girls choose from a array of dresses that they will wear. When girls say that they are wearing the yellow one, or the blue one, everyone knows what they are talking about. That shows how little variety there is within this Society. It is very uncommon for a girl to be matched with a boy in their city, so when Cassia looks at the black screen that is supposed to display her match, she instantly realizes that her match is sitting in that very room. To her surprise, she is matched with Xander, her best friend. Nothing could turn out more perfect; she is matched with her best friend, they already love each other, and they know everything about each other. She won't need to look at the microcard to see what he likes or dislikes, but she ends up doing it anyway, and she learns something that turns her whole world upside down. As she inserts the microcard into the port, she sees Xander's face, then she sees another face before the screen turns black. It becomes even stranger when she identifies this boy . . . Ky Markham, a boy who lives right by her house. Cassia is very confused as she wonders whether or not he is her match as well. She is told that it was all a mistake by The Officials, but what if it wasn't? She can't help but wonder about Ky, the strange boy with a complicated past. He isn't like any other boy, and soon she learns about his story, which begins this complicated love triangle where she will have to choose between perfection or passion. I gave this book three stars for more then one reason, I didn't exactly like the main character, and in the end, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Loved the concept, but not exactly the characters involved, except Xander... :) 3/5 2011-004
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This book was incredible. I could not put it down. The story takes place in a future time where society has become very controlled. In the beginning, the society almost seems like a world anyone would want to live in. Through the eyes of the main character, we start to see the flaws in their society, and more specifically, matching. Just found out Ally is writing a sequel to be released in the fall!
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic. I thought this book was slightly like a modern day 1984, though i've never been able to read 1984. This book makes you feel like you are there and live with the characters. I loved this book and read it in a day. A must read.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Read! Imagine a Society where nothing is spontaneous, everything is planned out, including your match that you are meant to marry. All decisions are predicted, all reactions exactly the way the Society thinks they will. Follow Cassia and her journey that leads her to see that not everything is perfectly predictable. For those who enjoyed Hunger Games, this book is a good choice for more broken futuristic societies. This book shows a lot of ideas that are very interesting and if the author continues with them it will be a series worth waiting for.
Date published: 2010-12-07

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Matched

by Ally Condie

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.35 × 1.05 in

Published: November 30, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525423648

ISBN - 13: 9780525423645

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CHAPTER 1   N ow that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? My wings aren’t white or feathered; they’re green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move—first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn’t worry me; neither do the stars ahead. I smile at myself, at the foolishness of my imagination. People cannot fly, though before the Society, there were myths about those who could. I saw a painting of them once. White wings, blue sky, gold circles above their heads, eyes turned up in surprise as though they couldn’t believe what the artist had painted them doing, couldn’t believe that their feet didn’t touch the ground. Those stories weren’t true. I know that. But tonight, it’s easy to forget. The air train glides through the starry night so smoothly and my heart pounds so quickly that it feels as though I could soar into the sky at any moment. “What are you smiling about?” Xander wonders as I smooth the folds of my green silk dress down neat. “Everything,” I tell him, and it’s true. I’ve waited so long for this: for my Match Banquet. Where I’ll see, for the first  time, the face of the boy who will be my Match. It will be the first time I hear his name. I can’t wait. As quickly as the air train moves, it still isn’t fast enough. It hushes thro
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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.

Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011!

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About the Author

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17