Matched (Matched Trilogy Series #1)

Matched (Matched Trilogy Series #1)

by Ally Condie
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Matched (Matched Trilogy Series #1) by Ally Condie

"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games."--Entertainment Weekly

This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of 1984, Brave New World, Black Mirror, and The Handmaid’s Tale.

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 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 the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410439543
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/03/2011
Series: Matched Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 449
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

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Matched (Matched Trilogy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4002 reviews.
Jacqueline Vance More than 1 year ago
this story reminds me of a twist on Hunger Games, Animal Farm, and growing up. it has a somewhat common story line, but well developed characters and a slight twists on the common boy meets girl, boy/ girl fall in love then are seperated, get back together plot. Like the Hunger Games and Animal Farm, it talks about the perfect society and the limitations and control that always seems to go along with it. This is a must read and very interesting!!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago could I put this simply???? IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME!!! Cassia lives in a world like no other. Forced to live by Society rules, Cassia has always did everything she was told, until now.... She see the face of Ky come up on her screen. After a talk with her grandfather, she can't help but wonder if he was her match. Ky, just move to their society and is a complete mystery. Cassia takes a chance and does things she is not supposed to do. If she wants answers there is only one way to find out..... My gosh, I can't even begin to express how much I loved this story. It was so unique yet mouth watering. Ms. Condie had me reading faster just to find out what the Society was hiding. Cassia's character I loved because she was brave. She stepped out of her bubble and broke all the rules. The male characters Xander and Ky were both great. The both had distinctive qualities that made them a perfect match for Cassia. Both guys were so real and very sweet. Matched is a book like no other. The drama, the plot, the writing is something mind blowing to read. The love triangle in this book was absolutely perfect. I can't even express how my emotions were being pulled while reading this book. And I love my emotions being played with! This is a must read!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
shmy More than 1 year ago
This is the book for those who enjoyed more the love triangle in The Hunger Games than the action etc. Seriously, skip if you don't care for triangles/romance in YA fiction. That said, the triangle is done correctly and it is pretty much resolved by the end of the book. It is easy to become invested in Cassia's torn feelings between Ky and Xander. There are other elements to the book, like in pretty much every dystopian book I've read so far the people in charge are not what they seem. So there's always some intriguing plot there. Will I read the next book in the series? Yes, I really want to know
pagese More than 1 year ago
I'm probably not the first not the first to say this (and won't be the last), but Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Matched are to similar to be released so close together. But, I'm sure publishing companies think that dystopian fiction is the next big this after the huge success of The Hunger Games series. And I've noticed that how much you enjoy them seems to depend on the order you read them. I still really enjoyed Matched. Condie does a fantastic job with world building in this novel. So much so that it was my biggest problem with the story. I honestly did not like the world she created. I think my reasons revolve around the fact that I'm not sure why it was this way. Both The Hunger Games and Delirium (and even Uglies) gave reasoning behind the government in place. I wanted to know what happened that it was this way. It might have helped me accept that people had to die on their 80th birthday. Or that a person was only allowed to learn what was in their skill set and nothing more. I also didn't like the 100 items things. I can't imagine only knowing 100 specific things from history, or having only 100 classic books, poems, music, etc. As much as it bothered me, it also intrigued me. I thought it was a terrifying idea. The characters are outstanding. It's amazing how much Cassia changes throughout the book. It also interesting to see how the little seeds of rebellion are all ready planted all around her. All this slowly comes to the surface as you (and the characters) realize how diabolical the government really is. And, how low they will stoop to keep everything in control. I like Ky. But, I wasn't drawn to him the way Cassie was. It's really hard to enjoy a story when the entire time you want her to pick the other guy. I loved Xander. He may not have anything more than her best friend until they were matched, but he proved time and time again how loyal he was to her. But, I don't think dystopian fiction fans will be disappointed in this novel. I wasn't.
Narratively_Speaking More than 1 year ago
I first heard about Matched by Ally Condie through Melissa Marr who posted on facebook a couple of months ago that she had read it and highly recommended it. I immediately loved the cover art and when I read the synopsis, I KNEW I was going to love this book. I KNEW that this was right up my street and I needed to read it. I tried desperately hard to get an ARC - entering every contest I could find and even requesting one from Penguin but alas to no avail. I was also extremely disappointed that I couldn't go to BEA since I live in the UK. I tweeted my frustrations and how I would just "drop my life" to read this book. Out of the blue I got a DM from an extremely kind fellow book blogger who offered to let me borrow her ARC of Matched. I was dumbfounded. I've done some nice things for bloggers before but it was so nice to be on the receiving end. I can't tell you how grateful I was to get this book and I'm not going to name the person (just in case they don't want to be named) but I will always be grateful and I sure do owe them one. Matched was everything I expected it to be and so much more. I think my very words were "I want to marry this book and have its offspring". If THAT doesn't tell you how good it is, then nothing will. I will admit that this is the first dystopian novel I've ever read (yes I'm ashamed to say that I have not tackled The Hunger Games or The Mortal Instruments books yet although they're sitting on my shelves, giving me the eye). I got lost in the dystopian world of Matched and more than that, I WANTED to get lost in that world. I find myself even now; days later wanting to dive back into the book just so I can visit Cassia and her world again. Let me tell you a bit about the world of Matched and what the story is about. Matched is set in a futuristic, dystopian world where everything is controlled by "The Society". Choice is taken away as everything is decided for you in order to live a healthy, extended life. The main protagonist is Cassia, who is approaching her 17th birthday and on that date she is to be matched. The Society will choose a match for her, one that fits her physical and psychological profile. Obviously nervous, Cassia is reassured when her best friend Xander is chosen as her match but what happens when another face flashes on the matching screen then vanishes just as quickly? Faced with impossible questions and impossible choices, just who is her match? And does she dare to find out? I think this book has huge potential to become a classic. Because it is set in the future, not one part of the text dates it in any way - no texting, no teen speak and no stereotypes. The characters were very well fleshed out and I felt like I bonded with them easily. I loved seeing the world from Cassia's eyes although it might have been interesting to see things from alternative points of view. I was certainly curious to know what Xander and Ky were thinking at times! As for relationships, there were some extremely sweet and touching moments between the main characters which made me pull funny faces and say "awwww" out loud. Luckily, I didn't have an audience so no explanation was necessary! I have to say that this is definitely in my top three favourite books of all time and believe me when I tell you that the ending will leave you breathless for more, thankfully a sequel is in the works!
Reading-Writing-Waiting More than 1 year ago
The world building in this novel is fabulous! Ms. Condie does an awesome job setting up the rules our main character, Cassia, and the rest of the society have to live by. This novel puts a unique spin on the old school arranged marriage story even though our lovable MC gets matched with her male BFF, Xander. Being matched basically means you know who you are going to marry and have babies with by the time you are seventeen-years-old. No guessing. The decision has been made by 'The Society'. Ky, the rebel and outcast of the story, has been around Cassia since they were kids, but Ky comes from the Outter Providence which basically means he's a savage in the world of our story. Someone not able to be thrown into the match pool to have a family someday because he comes from a place where people don't follow The Society's rules. Cassia has always been aware of Ky, but finds herself strangely drawn to him after an error that reveals Ky may be her 'match' instead of Xander. I was pretty torn on who Cassia should choose. One one hand you have her best friend, Xander, who is awesome and loves her and you think how awesome to get matched with someone you know. Plus, Xander would do anything for her. Then, on the other hand, you have Ky, who is mysterious and seems to say the right things at the right times. Gah!!! I'm still torn! I will let you in on a little secret, though. There will be a sequel to this novel! At the end you find out which boy Cassia decides to be with and she is just about to start the true quest to make that happen in the last few pages. So this one leaves you hanging at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Easy to get into and a lot like the hunger games! Great read!!
EnglishMajor32 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games series and The Twilight series you will absolutely love this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out! The future society that Condie creates is interesting and thought-provoking. In this future we only have 100 poems, 100 songs, and 100 paintings. Can you even imagine? I also enjoyed the relationship development between the main character and her love interest. *Don't want to give too much away :) Check it out I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for anyone who likes romance and excitement. I'm 10, but, I've talked to adults who love this book. I would not recomend this book for all ten year olds. There are some details that you might call mature. Also, It might not be understandable for everyone. Over all, this is one of the best books l've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly people this is a FANTABULOUS book but will you just shut up! A review is what you thought of the book! Half of you people are posting REPORTS! Save it for school, or your book club. Reviews are for opinions, and we want to know your opinion not the whole book. If someone reads your "reports" there probably not going to want to read the book because you gave it FLIPPING away! So shut your whole! SIDE NOTE: Great book! Must read ( if you haven't already read a "report!")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can there be freedom without choice? Ally Condie addresses this question in a suspenseful and mind-blowing novel, set in a society where all the choices are made for you. Told from the perspective of a seventeen year old girl, Matched is an enthralling and fierce tale that will keep you turning the pages. The author does a phenomenal job keeping the reader entertained and deeply immersed in the story. I for one could not put this book down, and believe that this is a fantastic must-read. Cassia Reyes lives in the Society, a perfect world created so all of the past¿s horrible events would never happen again. White-coated Officials make all the choices- who you love, where you work, when you die. Cassia is Matched with her best friend Xander at her Matching Banquet when she is seventeen, and she knows that without a doubt he is the one. But later, when she looks at the Matching screen, another face appears for a single second. She is puzzled, for ¿The Society doesn¿t make mistakes.¿ Cassia¿s world is flipped upside down. Armed with forbidden words and longing to create and be something more, she tries to remain in love with Xander, telling herself that ¿I must stop this. The choice is made. ¿ I never had a choice to begin with.¿ Now Cassia MUST choose, between Ky and Xander, between a perfect life and a risky one. Romance and poetry are woven into a tale of rebellion against the only thing Cassia knows. Can there be freedom without choice? Ally Condie achieved her purpose. This book entertained you and made you think, about what could be and what should be. The plot of Matched is very well planned and written. It flows smoothly from one event to the next. The futuristic setting is believable ¿ for at the rate we are at now, the world could be in chaos soon. Perhaps a Society like Cassia¿s will form in order to prevent more destruction. ¿You should be free to make your own choices¿ is the theme in the novel, and is extremely relatable. Whether you are a little kid wanting to stay up late or a teenager going to a party, we all want to be able to choose. Cassia¿s grandfather and other supporting characters helped to shape this remarkable story. They added depth to an already deep tale. Cassia as a main character was believable, and her budding romance with Ky along with her feelings for Xander creates a perfect love triangle. There are many other futuristic novels out there, such as Suzanne Collins¿ The Hunger Games or The Giver by Lois Lowry, but Matched is truly unique. The author¿s style of writing spun a fantastic and emotional story. When Cassia first decided to rebel, that was definitely the most emotional part. She says, ¿That¿s when I realize that the statistics the Officials give us do not matter to me. I know there are many people who are happy and I am glad for them. But this is Ky. If he is the one person who falls by the wayside while the other ninety nine are happy and fulfilled, that is not right with me anymore. ¿ that is when I realize how dangerous this truly is¿. I cannot go gentle anymore.¿ Matched is the best book I have read in a long time. Cassia¿s rebellion and forbidden romance is an epic tale that no one should miss. Cassia is denied the freedom of choice, which shows us that a perfect society is never truly perfect. All in all, I believe that Matched is an unforgettable novel that everyone should read and enjoy. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The plot and characters are real and flawless, and th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been big into YA fiction as of late, and this is one of the most beautifully writen novels I have read! It's in the same vein as The Hunger Games, and is even slightly remeniscent of The Giver. I have a feeling this trilogy will become as popular as The Hunger Games! A must-read for everyone who has faith in love!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Matched was one of those novels that I heard nothing but good things about. I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be one of those Hunger Games amazing novels and when I heard it was dystopia I was very eager to read it. The novel started out slowly introducing the reader to the world that the main character Cassia lives in, a world where the Society controls everything and where the Officials enforce the rules and the way of life they all know. It started off an a very interesting note, with it beginning at the Matching ceremony that author Ally Condie explained clearly. It was like that for every other event and simple tool or object that could be found within the Society, the way Condie explained it all with so much depth and understanding that I could imagine everything so realistically. From the green, blue and red tablets to the air-trains that people in the novel would travel on. Throughout the novel, I couldn’t stop wondering about the mystery behind the red tablet. About what it could possibly be and after many wild guesses that I threw out there and some of Cassia’s guesses I wasn’t prepared for what they really did until the point in the novel where it is revealed. That was one of many major shockers that came from Matched. The most entertaining and mysterious things about the novel is finding out who Cassia really is meant to be with, if she’s meant to be with the boy she has known all of her life and the one she was matched with or for the boy whose story Cassia finds intriguing, but who was also her accidental match. In the novel, I was always wondering about the Officials. They seemed really frightening and very secret. With how obsessed they seem with keeping things the way they were meant to be and doing all of their actions based on statistics and things that they see on screens. The way Condie crafted them made them seem like the ultimate forces to be reckoned with…they could turn you into an Aberration or give you an infraction. Everything about them was just *shivers* weird, from their white coats to their mysteries. Especially that one Official who continues to warn Cassia about (not saying ;). I also fell in love with Ky, the whole love triangle concept seems a bit overdone (remember I said ‘seems’) but Condie made it work. She gave both of the boys lovable qualities, but I think that Ky is the better choice. Even though he is an Aberration and is from the Outer Provinces. I fell in love with his personality. He came off shy and sweet. Especially when he began to teach Cassia how to write and gave her papers with words for only her to see. It made my heart melt. Every time he said something to Cassia it was sweet and romantic and just totally amazing. As for Xander well he came off like a jerk to me and maybe it’s just me, but I totally saw him as a jerk. The best part of Matched were all of the details, if you love a novel that has the proper amount of details to form vivid pictures in your brain *points at book* you will love Matched. I could see everything playing out in front of me like a movie and every sentence was filled with so much emotion that you could easily feel what Cassia was feeling. I won’t be afraid to admit that at one point early in the novel I cried. I recommend this to anybody who wants a dystopian romance where the government is in charge of almost everything and how our main character has to make tons of choices that will affect not only herself but other people as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is romantic, fun, suspenceful, and all around amazing. If you want a good clean novel- this is the one. As a young reader, I search so hard for books that my parents would approve of- and will challenge me. In this book, it doesn't matter if you are 9 or 93. It's a great read and will capture your heart while challenging any book to top it. In the future, this book will be as popular as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight. The love triangle lets you decide inbetween a comfortable life- or a new one with a new love. FIVE STARS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tellls the amazing tale of two people in a tough love situation, it shows us all how far we'lll go and how much e will disobay for love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please don't waste your money on this book. It's a knock off of the Hunger Games and no where near as interesting. I have been trying to read this book for 5 days now and its just boring ass hell. This book is only 237 pages and on a normal day I can finish it in one day. So five days is saying a lot. THIS BOOK IS TORCHER!!!!! Please don't waste ur time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matched by Ally Condie is a great book full of romance and drama. It is a lot like the Hunger Games Trilogy but at the same time... it is soooooo different! Ok before i tell you anything else you need to know the basics of the story ( i promise i wont give anything away)! Cassia is a teenager that just turned 17, and she has a few problems that most people dont have to deal with.......... soon she will be paired with her Match who she will live the rest of her life with, her grandfather is almost 80 (you'll have to read the book to find out what that means), soon she will get her permenent working place and will have to leave second school, and worst of all..... everything she does is monitored by the officals.... they control: where she lives, who she marries, what she eats, where she works, what she reads, ect., and finally when she dies. There you have it! And is not exactly the hunger games, because she doesnt have to kill people, she doesnt have to fight for food, and there is much much much more romamce. Something that i didnt like about this book is that it wasn't detailed enough about some things such as: the provinces, sorting, school, and the differences between aberations and anonmalies. This book is a great book and is soooo worth reading! I would probably recommend it for girls more than guys (no offense to any guy that liked this book) and probably 10+ at least. But pleaseeee read it! You will probably LOVE IT!!!!!!! -Taysoccer15 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has been lying on my self for half a year. i didn't want to really read this book because it looked really long. today i gave it a shot and wow this book is wonderful. i couldn't put it down. it keeps you entertained for hours! i don't know if was only me but some parts i cried.... haha also this book sort of reminded me of the hunger games (love triangle) and the giver(just a bit) i cant wait to read the next book crossed.. this book is easy to read and fun too I'm planning to go to Barnes and nobles and buy the next book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tale that combines all the wonderful things that we seek from a novel. Troubling romances, an over seeing evil, and a plot that you can't tear your self from. If you liked the hunger games and/ or twilight then this a great story for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book matched, but i had to read the book the giver for school, and these books are VERY similar. There is theidea of a controlling government, but the only thing that is different is the idea of romance. If you liked this book, try reading uglies seriesor the hunger games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book even my reading teacher read it and loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Match is an awesome book!l think l like it better than the hunger games because it takes place in an intresting environment and the society is very strict! The laws that the socity passed were all proposterus, like when they told you what you have to eat, dress like, read etch-but even having a formula when you will die! I understand how cassia feels, being told her match and then telling her they made a mistake and to forget ky! If l were ky and the society told me to forget ky i would'nt forget- in fact i would think about him more and what i could have had for a match and what he would be like!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first chapter and feel in love, cassia and xander and ky are the but type people we need in life.Its almost the same thing inrreal life we arnt aloud to do certqinbthings but at least we can choose who we love and what we want are jobs to be saddly it sucks that in the story you are poisened so you can die.You shouldnt be timed on living.I have learned a leason from this book,YOU CANT CHANGE LOVE, no matter decided or not
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hunger Games i loved it sooo much im half way threw trust me when i say if u liked THG u will like matched