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Matched

by Ally Condie

Penguin Young Readers Group | November 30, 2010 | Hardcover

Matched is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 21.
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 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 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 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 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

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 Now 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 through the night, its sound a background for the low rain of our parents’ voices, the lightning-quick beats of my heart.Perhaps Xander
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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