- Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
- Format: Hardback | 369 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 36mm | 635g
- Publication date: 30 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0525423648
- ISBN 13: 9780525423645
- Sales rank: 20,508
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!Watch a Video
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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.
By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 28 May 2011
Oh my God...
Have you read a book that you just can't stop reading? Can't stop thinking about it? Even dream about it?
Matched is definitely that kind of book.
At first, it started slow, because the author want us to understand Cassia and her world. Cassia is a naive girl who follows the rules without thinking about it. In her world, divorces doesn't, or cancer, thanks to the Society. Everything in her world is perfect.
The Society gives you your food delivered every day at your home, they decide your work, and even the person you are going to be Matched for the rest of your life. They decide when you will marry, and have kinds, and how many of them.
It sounds wrong, but thanks to that, everything is perfect. It's not as the world from before, where people do whatever they wanted and nothing worked. People died of cancer or sickness, and suffered. People never knew when they will die.
So, Cassia believes in the Society. Why wouldn't you? Besides, it's not so awful as you think. She got to choose her dress for the most important day of her life, when she will finally discover the identity of the person who is going to be her match.
But what will happen when her match is someone she knows? When she discover another boy could be her match? And when her heart chose the wrong guy?
Cassia started being innocent and ended being independent and intelligent. She wakes up and finally starts to see things different. She begins to wonder, why? Why can they decide their food? Or their partners? Or their work? Or what to do with their free hours!?
It's, in the end, a love story, where the protagonists have to fight themselves and everyone else to be together. But it's also more than that, it's about growing up, and discovering your perfect life is all a lie.
It's more than original, and I was amazed by the world the author created. It's way more closer to reality that we want to believe, which is scary. Do you know how many people live their lives the way someone else make them? Without even knowing? Or what is worse, knowing?
Overall, I was so impressed by this book that I believe you should read it. Everyone should read it. Kids, teenagers, adults. In schools, universities, homes. Everywhere in the world. Really. Go and buy it!
By TeensReadToo 09 Dec 2010
In the Society where Cassia grew up, everything was decided for her. The Officials decide where people work, when people will die, even who people will love. But all of this seems right to Cassia. After all, this is all needed in order to live a long, fulfilling life.
The Matching ceremony where teens find out who they are matched with is a big deal. And when Cassia's best friend turns out to be her match, she knows that the system works. Until she sees another boy's face flash on the screen for just a split second. And now she is torn between Xander and Ky. One boy will lead her towards the life she's always known - and the other will lead her toward an unknown life of passion.
Which path should she choose? Which path WILL she choose?
Wow, can you imagine living in a world where everything is decided for you? What you wear, what your job is, who you love, the age that you can have kids by, what you eat, when you die? Ally Condie paints this world in such vivid words that you can perfectly imagine it. And it's slightly creepy. I don't think I would do well in a world where everything is decided for you and you have almost no choices.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in the story. I love how Cassia grows so much from the beginning until the end of the story when she is questioning the ways of the Society. And Xander and Ky are both such great guys. Usually in stories where the girl is trying to decide between two boys, I find myself leaning towards liking one boy more than the other. But not so in MATCHED. I think I liked Xander and Ky equally. Neither of them had any bad qualities.
If I had one complaint about this book, it's that the middle got a little slow for me. I think it plod along and some of the story could have been told more quickly. That being said, though, the ending definitely left me wondering what happens next. I can't wait for the sequel!
Oh, and on a side note, I really love the cover of this book. The girl in a green dress in the bubble just really caught my eye!
By Reading Angel 24 Nov 2010
This book was fantastic! I was drawn in and hooked from page one and couldn't stop thinking about it for days after I finished. I fell completely in love with the story and the characters and I think I'm ready for a re-read already (which I rarely do!)
Cassia is a strong female lead that had followed the Society's rules set out for her for her whole life. When she starts falling for Ky, and her Grandfather dies and leaves her something special and forbidden, she starts questioning all those rules. She was funny and flawed, and someone I really connected with.
The world created was great as well. The thought of a group of overseers controlling everything you do, what you read, what you eat, who you marry, where you work, is completely terrifying. When it came to a scene where they were incinerating books I almost cried...lol.
Overall, this was a thought-provoking, powerful, and very entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to read what Ally Condie comes up with next and I recommend this book to everyone!
By Katelyn 19 Aug 2010
Ally Condie if you're out there reading this....will there be a sequel? This book has been talked about and hyped up all over the blogosphere and I couldn't wait to read it for myself. Now that I have I can say I know why it's been talked about at the volume that is has been. I loved it! Well, I loved it if there's a chance for a sequel, if this is a stand alone I'm very sad and without getting into spoiler zones that's all I can say.
Because I'd never read any of Condie's previous works I wasn't sure what to expect, but after reading her work you can't help but see she has a talent for this type of career in spades. The dystopian world she created in Matched is very unique and terrifying, and at the same time it's of course strangely fascinating. The idea of having the Society select your perfect match for each individual sounded like such a romantic idea to me at first. Condie describes the events leading up to the matching and the characters are all so excited and nervous, it was incredibly suspenseful. After a while though, the romantic aspects of the situation fade and the controlling nature of the act presents itself. Boo to the Society!
Condie kept with the typical elements and key components necessary for a dystopian novel but at the same time she was able to make it very much her own. The struggle Cassia goes through as she realizes that her perfect life may not be so perfect after all is very sad. She's not alone of course but here is where I may not agree with other readers. Cassia struggles with her feelings for two different boys and her love for both of them is poignant. I was kind of rooting for one boy and I'm thinking there's a good chance the majority will be rooting for the other. Only time will tell but you'll have to pick up the book to see for yourself who you think is right for Cassia and what you think she should do about all of it.
I loved Matched and Condie's writing and I'm crossing my fingers to see more of these characters in the future.