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Matched

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Matched
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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?
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. Advance reading copy
ISBN: 9780525423645
0525423648
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 23 cm.

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Matched by Ally Condie
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 3/3/2012.

This book was awesome! If you like distopia books, I would highly recommend it. I especially liked the ending because it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s a good, strong ending. There could easily be a sequel, but it’s not necessary at all. Matched works fine on it’s own, and I’m not sure it needs a sequel at all.

This is the story of true love. Of what if you were officially matched with the person you’re supposed to marry, but discover yourself falling for another guy? Another guy who’s not supposed to be in the matching pool because of something that happened years ago, that only he’s allowed to know about… Only… he’s falling for you and wants to spend his time with you… You know it’s wrong, but you can’t hold yourself back, and in spending time together, you slowly learn things about your society that just isn’t right…

Fantastic read. That’s all I have to say about it. Pick it up. Read it. You’ll love it.

Sep 14, 2014
  • paperink 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.

Aug 16, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

it was okay. i didn't really like the book. I mean there wasn't much excitement and I didn't enjoy it at all. I literally had to force myself to finish this book.

Aug 07, 2014
  • Black_Horse_55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book a lot! I don't understand why this book/ trilogy gets so much hate.

I couldn't even bring myself to finish the book. And I'm not talking about those books that are so incredible and delicious that you're too excited and wound up and you think you'll die if the books ends--it's more of the 'I'm so sick of this, it doesn't deserve my attention let alone my continued suffering at reading it'. It's a typical distopia book with a perfect little girl (Cassie) who finally realizes her world isn't perfect (wow?!, really?! I had no clue...), then she falls for a bad guy and finds out that he's not actually bad but society is (how thick are you?). And of course there's a love triangle between good vs. bad. Then society gets worse and she finally realizes that she needs to do something. The something I realized after suffering through this book is that it's so typical, boring, Cassie is blehhh, her bad boy love interest is actually quite interesting, but overall NOT WORTH THE READ unless you're trapped in a room with this book and it's a better option that dying of boredom.

2.5 stars?

Matched by Ally Condie is the perfect love story for all teenage girls. The story revolves around the life of a 17 year old girl named Cassia. Cassia lives in the future where everything is perfect, due to the fact that the government decides everything for all the citizens; even who you marry. Finally Cassia is of age to get matched and her best friend Xander and her can't wait to see who they will be matched to. Cassia's match is shocking and is rarely done by the government, to find out who she is matched with you'll just have to read the book for yourself. I'm a little confused about how I feel about Matched, I was really into it when I started to read it, but as the book progressed I was unhappy with the decisions Cassia made which made me loose interest in the book. Personally I wasn't able to connect with Cassia and everything she was going through, maybe Ally Condie could have added more detail. Although this book was not horrible I enjoyed the beginning and overall this story has a good plot. One thing I noticed though was that the futuristic city that Cassia is living in is quite similar to the one in The Giver. If you have read The Giver you will be able to connect the way the government runs with the way it does in The Giver. Although Cassia's life and the hurdles she goes through are not at all similar to The Giver. Matched by Ally Condie is a book that is worth giving a try.

Jul 30, 2014
  • Gursimran Deol rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was okay, it wasn't for me. I felt like it didn't have a very big problem and I got bored with it very fast. It was really sappy, too. I forced myself to read it though, but it had no real excitement. It only got interesting in the last two pages or so. I'm hoping the rest of the series is better.

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 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
  • Dance_enchanted_Star74 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.

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

TeenLibrarianBookReviews thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Sep 03, 2014
  • orange_butterfly_703 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

orange_butterfly_703 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

Jul 13, 2014
  • Dance_enchanted_Star74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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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.

crazycoolbff thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think he might have meant to say something more, but when our lips touch, there is no need, for once, for any words at all. #

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

And then he says it, right out there on the Hill, and of all 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.” #

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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 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story begins with protagonist Cassia Reyes getting ready for her Match Ceremony, held by the Society, which uses algorithms to determine the perfect mate for its citizens when they turn 17. At the banquet Cassia is matched with her best friend, Xander Carrow.
Cassia, like all other matched individuals, is given a microchip which is supposed to have information on their match. When Cassia uses her microchip, both Xander and her friend Ky Markham come up on the screen. A Society Official visits Cassia and tells her that it was a mistake since Ky is an Aberration, and Aberrations cannot be matched.

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?

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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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