Matched

Matched

Book - 2011
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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780142419779
014241977X
Characteristics: 369, 16, 10 pages ; 21 cm

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labraden
Sep 28, 2020

Those who liked Divergent will like Matched. In this dystopian society story, Cassia is matched with her best friend as future husband and life partner. He fits with the job she plans to have and the life she plans to lead, but for a moment, Ky flashes on the screen as her match. Was it a computer glitch or is he her perfect match? These questions lead Cassia to question everything she has known her whole life including the values and structure of her society.
I loved this book. It is one of my favorites. Personally I liked it better than Divergent.

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auroracoppen
Aug 04, 2020

Looks like an exciting book i can not wait to read it!

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haileynoa
Jul 09, 2020

"Matched" by Allie Condie transports you to a dystopian society where everything is controlled and in perfect order. In this society, boys and girls are matched with their partners at the Match Banquet. 17-year-old Cassia Reyes thinks everything is perfect when she sees her best friend appear on the screen up until it glitches and shows a different face. She then has to choose between Xander and Ky. In my opinion, this is a weaker dystopian novel than many other popular ones. The society is similar and repetitive to many out there, but I think this is the case because Cassia’s relationships were the main aspect of the plot. I thought I would be able to finish the book faster than I did, but it was slow and didn’t have that much action as I expected. I think that readers will either like it or hate it, and though I expected more, I liked it mostly because of Cassia and her development throughout the story. I do think this is a great read for young girls because it delivers some amazing quotes that were quite empowering for me to read.

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Crowfeather77
May 05, 2020

Such an awesome book! Cassia's life is practically controlled by the Society, but can she evade them and choose her rightful Match?

jcljessicaj Apr 22, 2020

I do love a good dystopian drama! In this society the government controls all - including who you're to be matched with at age 17. But is there a flaw in the system? And how far will Cassia go to find out?

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hrh19
Mar 30, 2020

In a futuristic world, The Society runs everything involving its citizens including their food, jobs, houses, and even soulmates. Cassia Reyes is a typical teenage girl living in Maple Tree Borough, but once her Matching Ceremony takes place where she is meant to find her life-long partner, her life is turned upside down when things don't go quite as planned. This well written Young Adult novel is similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry however, it is less intense and more suitable for younger ages.

IndyPL_BethP Jan 02, 2020

What if you lived in a world where everything was decided for you? The Society tells you what to eat, what to learn, assigns you a job, when to die, and even whom to marry (your Match). The Society runs smoothly, no one is ever unhappy (so they say), no one is hungry, no one dies except at the appropriate time. And, of course, they know the perfect Match for you. Or do they? Cassia has never questioned the rules of The Society, and is thrilled when her best friend, Xander, is chosen as her Match when she is 17. However, when she looks on the micro card for information about her Match, another boy’s face appears...one who is considered an outcaste. She is told it was a mistake, but now....she wonders. If Xander is her perfect Match, then why was Ky also chosen? And what are these feelings she’s developing for Ky? And, most importantly, is there anyone she can ask to help her through this? This book is part one of a trilogy.

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BillCypher
Nov 11, 2019

I heard of this book from many people. I thought it would be really good and many recommended it. The idea of the story and how the whole matching system works was really interesting and there were parts that really kept you on edge. The plot was also really interesting on how the characters changed and grew more three dimensional through the chapters. I really like this book and recommend it for anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre like me.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 29, 2019

This series was...fine. The author clearly jumped on the dystopian bandwagon, and while I generally do enjoy the teen dystopian books, this one just didn't offer many new ideas. And the sequels are even less enjoyable.

sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
This was a very easygoing dystopia--most of the tension came from within me as a reader, knowing that there were issues with the Society, rather than from Cassia herself. The romance felt a bit shallow, but it was still enjoyable. I finished the book with many questions still remaining about how and why the Society operates as it does.

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haileynoa
Jul 09, 2020

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Jul 13, 2019

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Sep 07, 2017

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Aug 14, 2017

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KyraJR
Jun 25, 2017

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Oct 21, 2016

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 04, 2019

“Is falling in love with someone's story the same thing as falling in love with the person himself?”

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brit22fab
Jul 07, 2016

"And there's so much to see. They are blue, and black, and other colors, too, and I know some of what they've seen and what I hope they see now. Me. Cassia. What I feel, Who I am."

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brit22fab
Jul 07, 2016

"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."

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Asmaa31
Jun 27, 2015

"Once you want something, every thing changes."

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HappyChristian23
Jun 24, 2015

"Ky gives me three gifts for my birthday. A poem, a kiss, and the hopeless,beautiful belief that things might work."
From the book Matched, P. 259

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Mandi_ss
May 20, 2015

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

zahra88 Feb 28, 2015

" Society Matched Them
But Love
Set them Free"

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SilverCascade14
Jul 11, 2014

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

but the society doesnt make mistakes

JewelMcLatchy Aug 12, 2013

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.

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KyraJR
Jun 25, 2017

Cassia has always trusted the Society, and she never had any reason not too. Little did she know that the world wasn't always controlled by a single group, but being your own person was encouraged and love wasn't assigned. When Cassia comes of age and it's time for her to find out who she has been matched/assigned to/with, she had no idea that she would be so lucky-but when she finds someone down on their own luck, she is having second thoughts on whether or not the society should have the power they do, and wonders if they are really always right.
Is love more than two people who are together?
Is being your own person really a bad thing?
Could the society be wrong?
Am i willing to risk it all?
These are all questions that Cassia must find the answers to on her own-and before it's too late.

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brit22fab
Jul 07, 2016

Her whole life, Cassia had always believed in the Society. She trusted the Officials' choices, who you love, where you work, when you die. So when given her Match, her best friend is shown and she is positive that he is the one. Until another familiar face flashes across the screen. Now, Cassia is faced with questionable choices and questions. Xander or Ky? Is the Society telling the truth or lying to them? Is there more then just what the Officials say there is?
As Cassia embarks on a path no one has dared followed, she has to make some hard choices between perfection and passion.

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Ali_Skittelz
Jun 23, 2016

A futuristic book that makes social groups that people must fit into. Mystical pills must be carried around all the time. One green, One blue, One red.
The green calms,Blue makes you forget. But what does Red do? Read To Find Out!

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yellow_squirrel_19
Jun 26, 2014

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

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bookangel05
Jun 17, 2014

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.

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crazycoolbff
May 09, 2014

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.

yuweizheng Aug 18, 2013

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.

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AngelFire101
Aug 03, 2013

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.

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ButeraDrew
Jul 08, 2013

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.

love2read123 Jul 20, 2012

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.

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

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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