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Matched by Ally Condie

Matched (edition 2010)

by Ally Condie

Series: Matched (1)

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Authors:Ally Condie
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Matched by Ally Condie

  1. 420
    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)
    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
    For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (coxy132)
    coxy132: Both have dystopian romance between groups that are not supposed to fall in love
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. 10
    Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski (Moongirl)
    Moongirl: Ebenfalls eine Distopie, welche in der Zukunft spielt.
  14. 99
    The Host by Stephenie Meyer (alesi1)
    alesi1: It looks like a perfect world, but is it really?
  15. 11
    Possession by Elana Johnson (Anonymous user)
  16. 11
    Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: A Utopian novel with a similar world-view and premise.
  17. 13
    Girl Parts by John M. Cusick (meggyweg)

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Spoilers!!! Beware!!!

I was really looking forward to this book, but it disappointed me. It wasn't really working for me. The 'perfect' society was OK, I'm willing to believe that people wouldn't question the fact that all their decision are being made by Officials. People tend to give away responsibilities. Though some of those things are creepy, like the forced euthanasia at the age of 80. But during the story there were more, weirder things I found harder to except in this 'perfect' society, like the class-system (the idea that offspring of bad behaving parents should be punished sounds quite Old Testament to me), and the pills. Giving people pills that can

erase their memory, sounds like an easy plot device to explain why nobody ever notices something weird is going on...

And the matching ceremony, the mess-up and following failing cover up, and mostly the very annoying love triangle were not working for me. It was a nice and quick read, but I wasn't compelled to continue reading. The end is open, so I had to read the next books as well. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
I saw the book commercial on hulu and just had to read it! I'm glad I did. I sure wouldn't want to live in a world where my important choices were already made for me even down to what I should eat and drink, bleh. But, reading about it in a fictional dystopia world: fun. I liked both Ky and Xander. Maybe Xander more, lol. Cassia's character was great. The end left my heart in a squeeze. I was so glad all three books were done when I picked up the first book. I would just die in waiting for the second book. ( )
  chickenbuttz | May 11, 2016 |
One of the many ways I gauge my enjoyment of a book is the level of "exhaustion" I feel when the last page is turned. The better the book, the "tireder" I feel! At sixty-seven years of age, I've read many, many books . . the vast majority of which I've enjoyed - including this one. Allie Condie's *Matched* held my attention/interest from cover-to-cover . . I can't say that about every book I've read . . if you enjoy the Dystopian genre (as I do) I think you might enjoy it as well! 4.5 rock solid stars. ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
This was a really good read and I hope “my kids” are reading something like this (instead of insipid vampire romances). The faults in writing style and focus are a bit of brilliance in my opinion, because the story is the first-person narrative of a sheltered teenage girl. Her emotions hit just the right notes, and I’m sure this story will resonate with teens. Gets the point across about personal freedoms, creativity, and individuality without being preachy.

If you like this, you must read The Giver by Lois Lowry.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Cassia Reyes is a teenage girl nervous about going to her Match Banquet. She loves her society, and she cannot wait to find out who her match will be. She learns it is her best friend, Xander. When she looks at her microcard she receives the day of the Match Banquet that gives her more details about Xander, her life begins to change. She begins a journey of eye-opening proportions. The realization of her society not being as perfect as she once believed. This is heart-breaking and disappointing for her. Where will this journey take her? What will she do with the information she learns? ( )
  Kay_Downing | Apr 28, 2016 |
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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 theonly 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, 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?… (more)

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