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Matched is the first book in an utterly compelling series by Ally Condie.

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.

Except he's not.

In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.

How many children they have.

Where they work.

When they die.

But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.

And that's when her whole world begins to unravel . . .

'Don't miss this gripping page turner' – She

'A must read' – The Sun

Ally Condie used to teach high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. Currently, she is employed by her three little boys, who keep her busy playing trucks and building blocks. Matched is her first novel.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141334789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141334783
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

A frighteningly realistic portrayal of the future

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 on 17 August 2013
By Paper Doll
Every dystopia has a different “cure” for today’s problems. Whether it’s teenagers fighting to their death in an arena to pay for society’s historic crimes against the government; dividing society into factions depending on the different virtues people exhibit, at the expense of all other virtues; or eradicating love and calling it a disease, every dystopian society has based itself on one ideal in particular to make the “perfect” society. In Matched, the main idea is control. If the government makes all life’s big decisions for its people (who you marry, where you live, what job you do, how many children you have, even when you die), there will be no more crime and everyone can live in harmony. When the government even controls what information you have access to (choose from the 100 Songs or the 100 Poems or the 100 Stories or the 100 Paintings etc. but you won’t be able to get your hands on anything else, and forget about being taught how to write – creativity is discouraged), how can you ever know not to trust them? How can you ever know that once society was very different and that it wasn’t so bad? That’s the situation our heroine Cassia is in until the day she is Matched – the day she finds out who she will spend the rest of her life with. On that day, everything changes. Why? Because not only has she been matched with her best friend from childhood Xander, but another face also flickers on the screen as her Match: the face of Ky, an Aberration who is permitted to live in society but without privileges, such as being Matched. So if Ky is not supposed to be Matched, why did Cassia see his face?

A rich and compelling dystopian world

 on 23 December 2013
By StephanieIsReading
This is the first in yet another young adult dystopian fiction trilogy. It’s not clear whether Matched is set in a future version of America, or elsewhere. What we do know, though, is that the Society not only controls everything (from meals and clothing to employment and death) but also predicts everything, based on huge amounts of data amassed over an individual’s life. Cassia has been waiting years to be `matched’ – paired by the Society with her ideal partner for marriage, someone with whom she is predicted to be happy and successful – which means she is both confused and troubled when an error means she is shown a second match. In the tradition of the genre, this one apparently small glitch in the system causes Cassia to begin doubting the goodness of the Society and she soon finds herself questioning its motives and resisting its control.

Matched book 1

 on 15 November 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
3.5 Stars

Another Dystopian? Yes, but better.

 on 11 December 2012
By g
Another dystopian YA book to add to the list. We had the cure for love in delirium (Lauren Oliver) and the pretty-making op in Uglies (Scott Westerfield), now matched presents us with an army of officials that control everything, from your food to your job and most importantly – who you will be matched with.
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