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Matched by Ally Condie


by Ally Condie

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Series: Matched (1)

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6,744588877 (3.71)254
  1. 410
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: Both books feature central heroines living in dystopian worlds that aren't quite what they seem. They each have an engaging romance and a story that digs behind the curtain of the society their characters live in.
  2. 240
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (Ynaffit27, Trojanprincess, frankiejones)
    Trojanprincess: The two worlds seem similar in the way that every aspect of their livee are controlled.
  3. 200
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (kqueue)
    kqueue: Another story about a 'perfect' society that is deeply flawed once you look beneath the surface. Both feature strong heroines who fight against the powers in control, and both have themes of independence and free will.
  4. 131
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (MzzArts)
  5. 121
    Delirium by Lauren Oliver (foggidawn, simonie, jfoster_sf)
    simonie: une autre dystopie
    jfoster_sf: Both are powerful love stories that take place in a future where the government controls their lives. If you love Matched you will love Delirium=)
  6. 110
    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (beckylynn)
  7. 90
    Wither by Lauren DeStefano (dizzyweasel)
    dizzyweasel: Dystopian novel about government control and arranged marriages.
  8. 52
    1984 by George Orwell (Kostyusha)
  9. 31
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: Similar imagined world with similar outsider view changing the opinions of some insiders.
  10. 10
    Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski (Moongirl)
    Moongirl: Ebenfalls eine Distopie, welche in der Zukunft spielt.
  11. 10
    For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (coxy132)
    coxy132: Both have dystopian romance between groups that are not supposed to fall in love
  12. 10
    Nine Tomorrows: Tales of the Near Future by Isaac Asimov (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: Many of the short stories in this Asimov collection have similar ideas to the ones mentioned in Matched, such as matching a person's abilities and personality to their job and then giving them instruction in only that job. Most of the stories in the Asimov collection are distopian futures based on technology. And, for something originally written in the 50s... still quite plausible.… (more)
  13. 10
    The Selection by Kiera Cass (Aleana, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these series have young teens involved in a rigorous selection process to be matched with their future spouse. Political intrigue and the darker side of these dystopian societies set on a future earth add intensity and action.
  14. 11
    Possession by Elana Johnson (Anonymous user)
  15. 11
    Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: A Utopian novel with a similar world-view and premise.
  16. 89
    The Host by Stephenie Meyer (alesi1)
    alesi1: It looks like a perfect world, but is it really?
  17. 13
    Girl Parts by John M. Cusick (meggyweg)

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Written for more of a pre teen audience, this story is still engaging. Team ky or team Xander?

I did not enjoy this book the first time I read it. However, rereading it made it more enjoyable. ( )
  Michelle_Boyea | Jun 7, 2019 |
Cover: 5/5

Book Review: 3/5

Well, I will start off with the positive....

I adore Cassia, Xander and Ky. They are all amazing characters. The love they all have for each other. The friendship between Cassia and Xander are amazing. So for me, who ever she ends up with, would be perfectly fine with me.

The negative?....

The story for me was just too drawn out and went on for too long. I understand the book was just getting everyone used to the characters, the history of the Provinces and how they ended up where they were. But it was just a bore for me. I had to skip about 60 pages or so. And from time to time, I would read a sentence or two of a paragraph because it was just way to much..and too repetitive.

Will I go on to the next book?

I probably will...In time. But right now, I just need to get over this one. If I try to go on to the next one too quickly, I will just get upset. lol...but I wouldn't be surprised if this series wasn't turned into a movie. It is good enough for one. Even though I personally didn't find it amazing, I can see a movie coming out of it and the characters being loved even by people who didn't read the books. Hopefully they will do these books justice unlike some books-to-movies that weren't done justice. But I guess we will see. :-) ( )
  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
So it all started many years in the future, in what we used to call the U.S. of A. It was Cassia's seventeenth birthday, at a fancy party where she'll find out who her "match" will be (I know, crazy right?). She was happy to learn that it might be her best friend Xander. Later on Cassia and her other friends each get a micro card where they can learn more about their future matches. However, Xander's face didn't pop up. Somebody else's did, and Ky was hi name o! The thing is he couldn't be matched because of his low status. So Cassia asks a few officials about that and they said that it was just some sort of glitch. Then her Grandfather told her to just open her eyes into the real world. So Cassia was led to read some illegal poetry (oooooh spooky). But right when she goes off to read some, of course, it's none other than (drum roll please), Ky! But its okay because he keeps Cassia's secret of reading illegal poetry and from there, friendship starts to build. They do fun things like hiking, and eventually he teaches her how to write. But then one day, some officials caught Cassia and Ky snuggling with each other and its illegal for anyone to "hangout, hangout" with someone that isn't your match (her match is supposedly still Xander even after the micro card). At Cassia's sorting job, she's assigned to sort people in their efficiency. Ky ends up right in the middle between the not so good half and the good half however, Cassia puts him in the good half at the chance for a better life. But then Ky, doesn't actually get sent to a good job. The job he gets is dun dun duuuuun, war. A guarantee death position. All the citizens are ordered to take a pill to make them forget everything that they just heard. But instead, Cassia pretends to take it and smashes it in the ground. Later on, her mom gets relocated for her job again and its where Ky gets sent for war. She finds this the perfect opportunity to go and find Ky.
This book was great! I liked it a lot because of the drama, the thrill, the romance, the suspense, and the action. It was really interesting and I couldn't put it down. I'm actually glad that I decided to pick this book and its great to hear that there are multiple books in the series. I just really want to know what happens next. Will she find Ky or... will she not. I think this book definitely deserves 5 stars! ( )
  Hannahs.G1 | May 30, 2019 |
I found this one to be really boring. I just couldn't get into it. I think it was because there really isn't enough going on. The first half of the book is just day to day life, no real action- which boy should I choose, blah blah blah. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. The main character starts out really weak and boring, except you're supposed to believe she's somehow special, though you're given no reason to do so. And then, she experiences all this growth and is completely unrecognizable by the end of the book. And I completely get that that's the whole point of the plot, but I'm not sure I was entirely convinced.

Also, the love triangle was just a little sickening. This might be because the last three YA books I've read seemed really focused on a love triangle, so maybe I'm just really sick of them?

But, I guess it was a fun read? The world building was actually kind of enjoyable, very Giver-esque. And maybe I'll read the second? I won't rush to it though. ( )
  Wordbrarian | Mar 5, 2019 |
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This first book in a planned trilogy feels just like that: a setup to a larger story rather than a stand-alone read. Having said that, we'll still be in line for book 2.
added by Katya0133 | editEntertainment Weekly, Sara Vilkomerson (Dec 3, 2010)
[Cassia's] awakening and development are realistically portrayed, and supporting characters like Cassia's parents and her grandfather add depth to the story.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Anthony C. Doyle (Dec 1, 2010)
Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Oct 4, 2010)
Detractors will legitimately cite less-than-subtle morality and similarities to The Giver, but this one's a fierce, unforgettable page-turner in its own right.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Oct 1, 2010)
The stunning clarity and attention to detail in Condie’s Big Brother–like world is a feat.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Courtney Jones (Sep 15, 2010)

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Laat je niet meer los....
(p 96)

Do not go gentle into that good night.
(p 96)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
(p 96)

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
(p 222)

at first when the rain fell
from the sky so wide and deep
it smelled like sage, my favorite smell
I went up on the plateau to watch it come
to see the gifts it always brought
but this rain changed from blue to black
and left
For Scott,
who always believes
First words
Now that I've found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?
It is almost uncomfortable, this awareness of him. Each pause, each movement when he places a piece on the black-and-gray board. I want to reach out and grab his hand and hold it to me, right over my heart, right where it aches the most. I don't know if doing that would heal me or make my heart break entirely; but either way this constant hungry waiting would be over.
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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 dared to go.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
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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, whom 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?… (more)

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