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Condie, Allyson Braithwaite (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
Authors: Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
Title: Matched
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
Local Note: 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 15
ISBN: 014241977X
9780142419779
Statement of Responsibility: Ally Condie
Subject Headings: Fantasy fiction Young adult literature. Marriage Young adult fiction. Dystopias Young adult fiction. Self-realization Young adult fiction. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Young adult fiction. Mate selection Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Fantasy fiction
Marriage
Dystopias
Self-realization
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Mate selection
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Available at other Olathe schools. All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best f... Read More »

Comment by: missmarcy May 01, 2011

distopia....gets matched with 2 men......controlled society.......Ky or Xander which will Cassia choose?


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Matched is just another one of those dystopian novels with a female lead and romantic side plot. But what makes Matched different is that unlike books like the Hunger Games and Divergent, it didn’t have that whole femme fatale feeling from the main character. Another different thing is the fact that this time the romantic side plot is the MAIN plot. Matched is about a girl named Cassia who lives in the futuristic organization of the Society. In the Society, they decided where you work, when you die and who you love. They decide who you love in an event called the matching. Cassia, being faithful to the Society’s decisions, is ecstatic when she sees her best friend Xander on the matching screen until another face pops up on the screen. Cassia throughout the book has to make the choice to love Xander or Ky. Romance books can be either a hit or miss with me. If the plot, writing and characters are interesting I might be invested, maybe even love the book. Matched on the other hand was good in some points and bad at others. The writing style in this book is very poetic in a sense that is felt like you were reading a series of poems. Sometimes I would enjoy these parts of the book. But other times it felt boring and took away the personality of some of the characters. Another thing with this poetic writing of the characters and the growing romance in the story is that it took away time for us to fully understand the working of the Society. I found myself invested more into the Society than the actual love story. In addition I found Cassia very likable and at times her switch between which boys she should love isn’t that distracting. Sometimes in romance books it feels like the character is too invested with their significant other but with Cassia she had her priorities straight and didn’t seem to think about her love life every waking moment. So I suppose if you are a fan of the really romantic and poetic books I would suggest this book. But if you’re looking for an action-packed dystopian book I wouldn’t suggest this one. The title Matched indicates Cassia’s status as being matched with Xander although she is falling for Ky.

Jul 22, 2014
  • shelbillett rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoying this series.
Made me think of what life in the Capitol (from Hunger Games) would be like, reminded me also of The Host (Stephenie Meyer) and Romeo & Juliet with a love triange.
A good read and enjoyed how they valued and kept secret skills we take for granted; handwriting, singing and the passing down of family heirlooms.

Jul 18, 2014
  • Sara100mark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this series. Not as good as some of the other YA SciFi series I've read recently. But definitely worth the time investment.

Jul 13, 2014
  • enchantedHispano74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love romance books but not the ones that go super into detail though I will admit I would have lied a little more romance. However, the storyline was great and the charcters didn't rush at all.

Jul 13, 2014
  • weepingangels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, but there was some irrelevant information and sometimes the characters were doing very stupid things, but overall, I liked it.

Jul 11, 2014
  • SilverCascade14 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved how gradual the romance was. Not overbearing in the slightest. And the sense of dystopia wasn't apparent until the pacing of the book began to pick up; I was thoroughly entertained.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is absolutely fabulous. You can feel Ky and Cassias love from inside the book. It almost brought to tears to my eyes. Hopefully int he next few books, there love will stay strong and survive. I know I can't wait to find out!!!!!

Jul 06, 2014
  • chatnal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the book. I like the post apocolyptic view of the world - it made me think of Brave New World

Jul 06, 2014
  • SKYLARBARRY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it was kinda like the hunger games.

Jul 05, 2014
  • graceisnumber4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is like a mix of The Selection, The Hunger Games, and Divergent.

It's got the Hunger Games love triangle, the controlled society of Divergent, and the choice between the guy she's known and the guy that mistakenly comes up, as in The Selection.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • enchantedHispano74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

enchantedHispano74 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 13, 2014
  • weepingangels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

weepingangels thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 13, 2014
  • blue_cat_5100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_cat_5100 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 40 and 50

Jun 12, 2014
  • A_48 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A_48 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 20

Jun 11, 2014
  • LoveToRead_1999 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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May 29, 2014
  • AREEJ ALI rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AREEJ ALI thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

May 09, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 09, 2014
  • violet_fox_206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_fox_206 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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Mar 23, 2014
  • BlackCat_13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

BlackCat_13 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One boys picture is all it takes for seventeen year old Cassia Reyes to become uncertain as to who she is supposed to love. As her world begins to break at the seams, Cassia questions the Society in which she lives in.Cassia must find her true self within a seemingly perfect world, that just might not be so perfect after all.

Jun 26, 2014
  • yellow_squirrel_19 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is about a girl living in a dystopian society and she has to choose between her best friend and another guy.

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

May 09, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

IN THE SOCIETY, OFFICIALS DECIDE . WHO YOU LOVE. WHERE YOU WORK. WHEN YOU DIE. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It's hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching sreen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one...until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life shes ever known and a path no one else has ever dared follow--between perfection and passion. Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonace of a classic.

Aug 18, 2013
  • yuweizheng rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel is about Cassia she cannot make choice on her own, even on her and how to play, where to work, and who to marry. However, when she match to her best friend every change, things cannot be more perfect than before.

Aug 03, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Taking place in the future where everything the citizens do is monitored by the government including the person you are married (matched) to. Cassia is lucky being matched to her best friend Xander but her heart belongs to Ky a lowers class then her.

A boy's picture flashes up on the Matching screen, two boys flash up on the screen both saying that they will be Cassia Reyes' match. Cassia wants to know more, as she is confused. Several things happen in the story.
Being matched means that the Society, chooses who she will marry. Cassia falls in love with both men, but has to make a choice between the two.

Jun 24, 2012
  • PurpleBerry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In this society everything seems to be perfect. The Society's Officials decide everything in your life for you, including who you marry, where you work, and when you die. The main character, Cassia, is waiting to be Matched to a boy whom she will be married to. When Cassia's best friend appears on the screen, she knows they are well matched. But, when she sees another boys face flash upon the screen she isn't so sure anymore. Now it is up to Cassia to decide: To live the life the Society has laid before her, or find her own way, the way no one has gone before...
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Jun 10, 2012
  • Black_Panda_1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

cassia is matched with xander, but due to a project set up by the government, she falls in love with ky. who will she end up with?

Aug 09, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Matched follows Cassia, a girl living in a Utopian/Dystopian society where everything is predicted and controlled by the government including who they will be mated with for life. Cassia's government mandated match is a lifelong friend of hers but when she plugs her data card in to see his information another face pops up on her screen. Cassia falls for Ky and starts to question the rules of her society.

Cassia's dystopian world is more like The Giver than other horrifying dystopian societies that have been popular in recent dystopias such as the Hunger Games. Her society is seemingly perfect but also heavily regimented and controlling. To make things more frustrating everytime Cassia does something that she feels is out of the ordinary one of the officials tells her that she was predicted to act in that way. She's never overtly threatened and there is no risk of bodily harm but there is always a risk of being watched. The romance and love triangle which is heavily featured in the story is sweet. There is a large focus on poetry and art which could encourage younger readers to seek out the poem that Cassia treasures.

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Sexual Content: There's a few kissing scenes. It doesn't really go anywhere past kissing and a few tentative embraces, however.

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Jul 11, 2014
  • SilverCascade14 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Green tablet, green leaves. green eyes on a pretty girl."

May 16, 2014
  • mauve_hummingbird_26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

but the society doesnt make mistakes

Aug 12, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That's what happened to the society before ours. Everyone had technology, too much of it, and the consequences were disastrous. Now, we have the basic technology we need-ports, readers, scribes-and our information intake is much more specific... Such specialization keeps people from becoming overwhelmed. We don't need to understand everything. And, as the Society reminds us, there's a difference between knowledge and technology. Knowledge doesn't fail us.

Aug 03, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled."

"It is one thing to make a choice and it is another thing to never have a chance. I feel a cold loneliness deep within me. What would it be like to be alone? To know that you could never choose anything else?"

Aug 02, 2012
  • KaiaWillow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" Except. The face I saw, the face that was not Xander: I knew him to"

Aug 01, 2012
  • Yellow_Elephant_20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You don't have to write it back," I say, feeling self-conscious. "I just wanted you to know." "I don't want to write it back," he tells me. And then he says it, right out there on the Hill, and all of the words I have hidden and saved and treasured, these are the ones I will never forget, the most important ones of all. "I love you." Lightning. Once it has forked, hot-white, from the sky to earth, there is no going back.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Sirimarie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love. The most reckless thing of all.

Jun 10, 2012
  • Black_Panda_1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

“Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?”

Aug 09, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

how is it that two boys who are so different are connected in such unexpected, deep ways? Maybe we all are and we don’t see it anymore.

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