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Matched ePUB Þ Hardcover

Matched ❮Read❯ ➪ Matched Author Ally Condie – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In the Society officials decide Who you love Where you work When you dieCassia has always trusted their choices It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life the perfect job the ideal mate So when he In the Society officials decide Who you love Where you work When you dieCassia 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 oneuntil 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 Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.


10 thoughts on “Matched

  1. Laurel Laurel says:

    The fart was this? I justthe FART WAS THIS?That beautiful cover is mean It drew me right in with its pretty lime green bubble bait of death Can't help wanting to have some of my favorite color on my reading shelf Hnnnnng It said READ ME OR I WILL MURDER YOU FAMILY And I bought it so it'd stop glaring at me in the teeny bopper section of BNI opened Matched and snails came at me with their shells and antennae of slime and grime and chime and dime SNAILS EVERYWHERE I couldn't move I couldn't breathe I was forced to understand things that weren't first explained It was horrible I tell youMatched tells the story of Cassia Reyes robot extraordinaire who lives in this nameless City run by the Society It has a Hill an Arboretum and Outer Provinces and special 'emergency tablets' but don't worry they're not dove into right away so you're supposed to know all about this place right the fuck away Thankfully Cassia finds it necessary to tell us about this Matching ceremony that binds people together for life but teens have flings anyway so how is this Matching accurate? Then Cassia gets her Match her bff Xander Carrow cool kid the best of the best She goes Yay But then a NEW FACE APPEARS SHIT It's this kid that she knows named Ky Markham who's an Aberration you know people who's parents got an Infraction and now the kids are screwed too or something Whatever forbidden love all around Take it in folks But Cassia simply must know why the Society fudged up and thus says Looks like it's up to MELet's burn this little suckah down to the GROUND WHERE IT BELONGSWriting I will give a nod to Ally Condie for not completely fucking up the style in this book There was some nice prose especially with the scenes with Ky and Cassia writing poetry while hiking OH BUT WAIT we discuss later in this book that even though these citzens can read and operate computers they can't write Someone tells me how that makes sense and I'll give them a cookie or something Until then fook that noiseAnother point on the writing was the pacing The snail pace of Matched was the exact reason why I ran to Vladdy Tod said HOLD ME SWEET LORD finished it in a day cried my heart out figuratively then stumbled back into this mess There was nothing exciting going on in this book I'll give a bone to Condie for providing some nice romantic scenes and one scene where I actually had a small sense of grief but everything else was robotic plain and uninteresting Even good old Robot Jones had personality than most characters in the beginning of this novelSPEAKING OF CHARACTERS WHO ARE ROBOTIC how about that Cassia Reyes? Or hell the entire Reyes family? Molly and Abran Reyes are just drones to the Society in the beginning Mr Reyes gets better later on and even Cassia does too I mean she even makes strong good decisions STUNNING INDEED Bram was adorable though I'll give Condie that tooXander and Ky were the two dudes in this pain stakingly unnecessary love triangle but then again what is YA without one right? It must be some new reuired rule that I could give less than a fuck about Moving on the good thing the ONLY good thing is that both of these guys aren't abusive douchey lust filled or cocky They are normal guy friends with Cassia and THANK YOU LORD FOR BLESSING ME THAT MUCH Sadly the need for this love triangle is never seen to me I just see that forbidden love nonsense and another boy is hopelessly in the wayXander teased Cassia in a best friend way he was nice and smart and tried to live in the Society with no problems He never wanted anything bad or maddening to happen; he just wanted the ordinary life of being Matched But no Cassia couldn't have that So she sneaks around with KyBut it's with Ky that she can actually evolve from a robot into a real girl Ky is a rare catch cause he can write He likes poetry I bet he plays guitar and sings songs in the forbidden lands that are mentioned once and never again Ky is a good character He's not trying to get Cassia to fall for him and he has a nice personalityMs Robot remained just that all throughout this book except for the times she was with Ky Ky saved her from my strangles She should be lucky But again when she does develop she is a good character She is strong she does what is right when she has to And shockingly enoughShe's not an idiot That may take a few seconds to sink inbut I'll waitSo what blew this up for me? What killed this book? Le structure There is close to nothing Structure is nearly dead It was horrifying and I wished the snails holding me to this book would at least grant me a half assed story with the somewhat nice characters made by Condie But no I was not given thatIf there was anything set up correctly in this book I would be alright with things happening the way they were BUT THERE WAS NO CLIMAX NOTHING THAT DROVE THIS ENTIRE BOOK OTHER THAN CASSIA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH KY Sure it was cute but there has to be a bigger story than romance This is dystopian gimme GODDAMN FUCKING DYSTOPIAN This is why I can't handle those fucking triangles Even a suare would be entertaining for Boba Fett's sake And the antagonistswhere were they?The whole Society is the antagonist Doy B No no no I'm talking about that ONE ROADBLOCK that means to drive Cassia into Hell preferably on a motorcycle HAHAHAHA I'm not funny There is that one person who drives to destroy Cassia's hopes and dreams and gigglesnort the hell out of it later Now that character does exist but I think Condie had a tough time with names or something This lady was a single Official one that bothered the shit out of Cassia What was her name you ask?THERE WASN'T ONE SHE WAS NO NAME Ol' No NameHow What KSJDBfLKJSBDGKLA She actually has a name Courtesy of commenter Alejandra her name was Officer Standler which is mentioned once and only once But Who's the real antagonist? The ACTUAL ONE? It's not Cassia vs the entire fucking Society is it? Jesus fuck that doesn't make ANY SENSEThey shouldn't be trusted I got that but how can we tell if the Society wants Cassia dead or whatever when we don't even know the head honcho of the Society? Or why there's an Official for EVERY PERSON LIVING That's like saying there's a soldier for every citizen in the United States WE DON'T KNOW WE HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE CONDIE AIN'T TELLING Give us a mention or something I need to know thingsBrings me to that anti climactic ending Cassia moves on with her life view spoilerto find Ky cause the Officials took him away somewhere and is in trouble lol hide spoiler


  2. Joe Joe says:

    Official TranscriptsJune 21 2001 • AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Oh my gosh Lois Lowry You're actually online2timeNewbery Sigh Hello AllieACondieHottie It's Ally With a 'y'ACondieHottie I can't believe u forgot Don't u read my letters?2timeNewbery I've received them yesACondieHottie Ur my favorite author Ur books R so radACondieHottie Especially The Giver I love that one It's so aweumACondieHottie Jonah's world is so neet I want to write a book just like itACondieHottie I wish The Giver had romance though My book would have romance ACondieHottie Do u like romance? Have u ever been in love?ACondieHottie I haven't I wish 2 boys would fight over me That would b awesumACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery YesACondieHottie If 2 boys fought over u which one would u pick?ACondieHottie Would u choose the brooding rebellious artsy hottie or the gentle good natured boy you've known ur entire life?ACondieHottie I don't know who I would choose It would b so confusing ACondieHottie Do u ever get confused?ACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery has logged off April 5 2004 • AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii2timeNewbery Hello AllieACondieHottie AllyACondieHottie I started writing a book 2timeNewbery Good luck with thatACondieHottie I have a uestion How do u create tension in a book?ACondieHottie I can't seem to create any tension in my bookACondieHottie Do u create tension by setting the story in the future? Because The Giver is set in the future and it is really tenseACondieHottie What if I capitalized random words? Does that create tension or uncertainty? Maybe that's what they'll do in the Future ;ACondieHottie Kissing is not Allowed in the Society ACondieHottie lolACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery has logged offJanuary 1 2008 • Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Happy New Year Day 2timeNewbery Hi AmyACondieHottie Ally Ally Condie 2timeNewbery SorryACondieHottie I'm almost finished with my book but I keep writing myself into corners ACondieHottie In fact my book just seems to trundle along happily nothing much really happening ACondieHottie It's actually kind of boring I've fallen asleep a couple times while writing it lol ACondieHottie The I try to make things happen the less action there is Maybe I should just have my characters kiss each other Or long to kiss each other even though it is not Allowed ;ACondieHottie Can I tell you something?ACondieHottie I really want my book to be just like yours Really good and profoundACondieHottie Don't get me wrong My book is about horny teens truth and justice in a repressed society and yours is just about truth and justice in a repressed society So it's different But the same ACondieHottie Because ur a genius and I like ur ideas 2timeNewbery has logged offMay 18 2010 • Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Eeeeeeeeeeee Ur online2timeNewbery Hello AllieACondieHottie AllyACondieHottie Did u receive the ARC of my book Matched? I mailed one 2 u last week2timeNewbery YesACondieHottie What do u think?2timeNewbery I think you should find yourself a lawyerACondieHottie has logged off


  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerFirst thing first I think Ally Condie owes at least half of her seven figure paycheck to Lois Lowry The entire dystopian world is lifted directly from Lowry's The Giver Almost everything interesting in Matched is very familiar the idea of highly controlled Society the Community in The Giver the prearranged Matches uniform clothing the pills suppressing emotions predetermination of everyone's life course euthanized elderly regulated personal possessions the precision of the language the family structure The list goes on and on What Condie adds of her own is too often doesn't make much sense people are not allowedcan't write but they know how to read and operate computers; Matches and procreation are controlled but teens can still snog around a bit; and what is the sorting job all about I still have no idea I am not the biggest fan of The Giver our there but that novel had a horrifying structured world hiding behind its simplistic language What hides behind the words of Matched is sheer emptiness And boredom and unoriginality If all borrowed dystopian ideas are stripped away what is left is a tepid G rated teen romance affair with an obligatory love triangle and magical love connections Even the male love interests are the same old tired cliches a sweet and loyal best friend type and a mysterious hurt emo type uoting poetry Yawn Yawn YawnAlly Condie's writing is serviceable enough So are the characters No male character reuires a restraining order against him no female a head check for putting up with abusive crap But is this and a pretty cover really a recipe for success these days? There is nothing in this novel to get excited over There is no urgency to Condie's writing no passion Just dull characters dull relationships dull conflicts dull conversationsI can't whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone it simply doesn't offer anything new or noteworthy But some fans of lukewarm romance driven stories like Birthmarked or Beautiful Creatures might enjoy it I suppose Do I really need to say I am not coming back for ?PS Apparently Disney picked it up for development WHY?


  4. jessica jessica says:

    that feeling when you enjoy a book go and check out other reviews see it has a friend average of 299 and then you silently uestion everything about your life 😂i dont know what to say other then i liked this i thought it was fresh original and entertaining i thought the plot was cool i found myself caring about the characters and im looking forward to the next book my entertainment standards must be pretty low lol ↠ 4 stars


  5. Inge Inge says:

    15 stars


  6. Kristi Kristi says:

    Matched drew me in with it's uniue summary and beautiful cover unfortunately that is where my fascination endedI wanted to like this book actually I wanted to love it but I didn't I had a very hard time getting though this novel I even had to take a break from it completely and I only kept reading because of the encouragement from others that had read it insisting that it would get better It didn't get a whole lot better for meI guess my biggest problem was that I was bored for most of the novel I was bored with the story the characters everything Cassia was selfish and dull I tried to like her but she never really gave me much reason to Her relationships with Xander and Ky were impassive I understand that Xander was 'chosen' for her so there were going to be fireworks every time they touched but I still didn't even understand their appeal as friends not just as a romantically involved couple And the obsession with Ky why? And that's all that it felt like to me an obsession I didn't feel or see the energy between themThe Society wasn't explained very well Why is The Society there? How did it come to be? Why the current precautions? Why are there people that live in The Society and others that don't? There is a war going on? Why? Where? With who? I had uestions than anythingI didn't know enough about the characters and the life they were living to really care about them It felt like a very long prologue to another storyThe few chapters at the end of the story piued my interest somewhat but even then it was tainted with how I had felt through most of the entire novel It was beautifully written but I just couldn't get into itStill undecided on reading the rest of the trilogy


  7. Emily May Emily May says:

    Soo basic storyline being of a society where officials decide every aspect of a person's life from the big stuff as in who they'll marry or be 'matched' with and when they'll die to the little stuff like what they eat how they dress and their daily routines The story tells how Cassia is matched to a boy but falls for another and suddenly begins to uestion the rules of the society heading as she does so straight into a world of secrets and danger Great sounding plot am I right? Too bad it turned out to be rather mediocre in practiceWell for me this book managed to redeem itself right near the very end and escape being the it's ok marker One of the biggest problems was the hype about this book I've been waiting to get my hands on this for ages just dying to sink my teeth into it after all dystopian fiction is my one true literary love So because of this the disappointment fell even heavier I love the idea but there were just so many things about the story that made me feel it never really took off and reached it's full potential To make my point I'm going to review the novel as two parts first as a dystopian novel and then as a love storyAs I already mentioned I love dystopian societies and I have done ever since I read Nineteen Eighty Four when I was twelve However my love for dystopia is concentrated on the high action andor shocking tragedy that define the genre In my opinion it's hard to feel a great sense of dystopia in Matched Nothing majorly tragic or gripping happens until the last few chapters and by then you've lost touch with the story and the characters It's slow moving and though I never thought I'd use this phrase in a review it 'lacks drama' If you compare it to 'The Handmaid's Tale' or 'Declaration' for example there's none of that built up tension throughout I read these books on the edge of my seat feeling every emotion with the protagonists and even beginning to panic at the peaks of the two novels Matched just never got my blood pressure up there was no sense of urgency or despair For a long time the society didn't really seem that bad at all Where's the dystopia? The action? The despair? Maybe I'm just a twisted individual but the society wasn't 'bad' enough for meAnd the love story Because that's the other thing this novel is about Well the only time I felt any real connection or chemistry between Cassia and Ky was in the last few chapters I could sense that the author was attempting to build it up slowly but I never latched on to it In fact for a good while all I did was feel sorry for poor Xander and wish she'd just except a life with him and let Ky get on with being mysterious and weird But it did pull back and the novel ended with me wanting Cassia to go find him There may be hope for this love story yetThe ending was the most commendable part of the novel I'd started to think that there would be no point in me buying the second book in the series as the first one had done nothing for me And then the ending left me interested engrossed and eager to find out It opened up a wider mystery that would have been so much better if the author had built it up by slowly alluding to it throughout the novel then I wouldn't have been so shocked to find that the book wasn't so terrible overall I will say though I loved her Grandad from Cassia's first conversation with him I found him cute and lovable far intriguing than any other characterI might get the second book because of an unexpected need to find out where the author will take us next I did enjoy parts of it especially the ending I'm just a strange individual who's into dark dystopia I have too high expectations of the genre Also with the girl in that stunning green dress it will look way too pretty on your bookshelf


  8. Joyzi Joyzi says:

    Book ReviewOkay I promised I'll write an in depth review so here it is and I'll try to not put biggie spoilers I'm going to use A style of reviewing this timeWhat made you pick up the book? I actually watched a book trailer in Youtube the link to that vid was way down there somewhere so and yeah I got intrigued by that video and then I go to goodreads and read reviews about it I was a bit shock about the mix reviews some was positive and some was negative So because of it I think I should read it so I have to know for myself if it's good or notWhat are your expectations before reading it? I actually have lower expectations since I've read a couple of negative reviews and they said it was very similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry Honestly I didn't like The Giver I just gave it two stars and at first I thought that maybe I wouldn't like the book but at least I'd love to give utopia a second tryWhat do you love about the book?Okay there are many things I love about this booka Writing Style it was prose with a mix of poetry somewhat lyrical so if you adore Maggie Stiefvater's or Carrie Ryan's style of writing you probably would love Ally Condie's style as wellb Cassia the heroine actually the heroine was not annoying and she has a strong voice To be specific her character at first was a weak one and as the story progresses her way of thinking changes and it got deeper and deeper She actually got a good character development and she has a lot of epiphanies about her so called perfect society and that's what I love about her Everything around her seems perfect when you look at it superficially but when you try to analyze it deeper there society was perfect but they have no choices no freedom at all they're like society's puppetsc The love story at first the love story was idk just a love story but it has actually implies idk what you call that uhhhm symbolism or whateverso yeah this is what I just think about itXander vs Kyor this could mean own interpretation folksConformity vs RebellionKnown vs UnknownPerfection vs ImperfectionLove that was dictated by Society vs Love that was dictated by oneselfd Ky and Cassia's relationship it builds up it actually builds up sorry for the repetition folks So yeah I just wanna rant those other books wherein yeah the boy meets girl or rather the girl meets boy and then baaaaaaam for 5 seconds they freaking love each other like they're soulmates or idk destined for each other gags Come on that was so unrealistic when authors do that it seems they're too lazy to write the part of you know getting to know each other part of a relationship coughs So yeah that was what I like about this book I mean yeah whatever idk how to explains it but they actually have that getting to know each other thingyAnd idk when I was reading this book I felt like I'm not reading it if you know what I mean I felt like I was existing inside the book Like I was Cassia and I felt all her emotions and I empathize with her problems and I can see her world right into my eyesSo yeah I just felt that while I was reading this I would definitely pick every choices that Cassia made I know that in my hearts of heart I would fall in love with Ky even though it was forbidden even though my Society says that Xander was the one I was suppose to marry I mean there's just something about Ky that pulls you into him even if it was dangerous Ky was mysterious and his story was what urge me to know about him just like Cassia Is it that wonderful when you actually was curious to know about a person because of hisher imperfection and rather of hisher perfection?What do you hate about the book?a It was unoriginal Actually there's something about this book that screams out Rip off and Plagiarism ever read The Giver and Hunger Games? Yeah but I think since this book was in the genre of utopiadystopia maybe there were just a few thingselements that will be always similar like The Political Intrigue Human vs Society Rebellion The GovernmentSociety Lied thingy or Your whole life was a lie thingy the protagonist will always have moments of Epiphany on the book Social Manipulation sort of stuff Philosophical and Political moralsideas that would be shove into your throat as the storyline progressesb I felt that the book was idk the term uhhhhm bridge or exposition introduction for the other books I mean in this book there are hints that some people outside the province were actually rebelling and there's like a war blah blah blah But in this book the rebellion was not yet elaborated so I think that will be for the next books to comec I love it but the ending I felt that it wasn't an ending at all Idk there are so many uestions that are left hanging and I felt that to be able to really judge this book you need to read the whole series and how things will be played out in the end So yeah I need the next book pretty fastWhat are other books you want to recommend with the same genre?Okay so I just list them here I'll divide dystopia and utopia and will sort of rank them outDystopia1 5stars 5stars both 1 star and 5stars2 5stars 2stars3 5stars4 4stars 2starsUtopia1 5stars2 2stars3 2starsNoteWeeeeee I just finished Matched and it was AMAZING I want I love Ky Markham btw he kinda reminds me of someone daydream for a moment coughsthe guy I fallen in love with in High Schoolcoughs Eeeeeeeeeeek violently shoves someoneYeah and I just want to share a conversation with my classmate hereJoyzi Hey I recommend you to read the Hunger Games it was so amazing blah blah blah and I read it like in one sitting cuz I can't put it down and Peeta was so sweet and everything blah blah blah best book ever blah blahFriend ah okay After a few daysJoyzi Hey have you finished the Hunger Games?Friend No I don't want to read itJoyzi Why?Friend I kinda go to wikipedia and I found out it was a violent book children killing children kinda Joyzi Yeah it was pretty violent Why? Don't you wanna read something that has gore on it?Friend Sorry friend but violence is not my cuppaSo yeah I think I just recommend Matched by Ally Condie to my friend because this book has zero violence but has an amazing Dystopia theme it was uite similar to the Giver but this one has romance and the writing was breathtakingly beautifulYeah idk what else to say I will have an in depth review of the book on Sunday very nice book trailer here


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    Everything in this book is so CLEAN I loved that You have to understand I had a thing for utopian societies in high school BRAVE NEW WORLD THIS PERFECT DAY HARRISON BERGERON oh yes I've read them all And what struck me about some of them was that it was supposed to be the perfect future society but everyone just seemed so sweaty But not so in the Society Everything is carefully sanitized Clothes are clean or uickly changed when they are not The world has been cleaned up there are only one hundred poems left one hundred paintings because too many choices too many THINGS contributed to the confusion of their ancestors us in short The world has been streamlined recycled and recreated into this sterile perfection and it fascinated me I loved the fact that Cassia feels like things are spiraling out of control and they are for her But she continues to eat her specially prepared meals continues to go to work and to the school so the temptation to succumb to go back to the dreamy calm of no choices and no worries is always there The reader wonders until the last page what will she do? Will the Society pull her back in or will she rebel? Her dilemma is artfully done and there is appeal in both of her choices It was what kept me reading along with the flawlessness of this serene Society which Ally Condie has createdSo this book has been heavily promoted I should be so lucky as to have PR like this And with that comes the fear that the book itself isn't very good just the PR team Well have no fear my people The book is worth the hype This is 1984 for teens and it works Also I myself am not a romance person particularly when it comes to YA I will admit there have been other books in which my eyes rolled so much I feared they would fall out I loved the romance in this one I thought it was very natural and very well doneTwo thumbs way up for Ally and MATCHED Can't wait for the seuel


  10. karen karen says:

    yeahthis is one i might be too old for a lot of people compare this to The Giver and i get it in that they are both these forced utopias but then so is The Stepford Wives yeah? but since i didn't like the giver i can't really complain that this was a rip off because neither of them did very much for me so i'm not going to go waving any flags around in either's defense you are on your own booksbut if i had tothis one may have been slightly entertaining to me because it was less dated and of course they both take place in a temporal neverland so it's not that it is actually dated but that the ideals of the society just feel shiny chrome in this one but this is a utopia with cracks and they are starting to show and i like that i like reading these dark future novels just for the details to see how they differ and even in the ones i am not in love with there are always one or two details that make me think oh interesting take on the subjectin this version everyone is beautiful and fit everyone automatically receives their reuired amount of calories so no one is overweight or enjoys food it is purely fuel except on v special occasionsbooks and ideas are stripped down to 100 poems 100 songs etcmuseums are for unnecessary things like jewelry and trinkets from the pastmarriages are arranged between teenagers to create the most productive pairingoffspringeveryone dies at 80those are the facts but at the end of the day it is still a pretty basic love triangle so yawnit is frustrating because there seem to be so many opportunuties for rebellion but no one really takes advantage of that including the author there are tiny teen angst rebellions but they are almost factored into by the society as inveitable as part of a learning curve i wanted to hear about that and the ripple effect those had to group dynamics and obedience in adults maybe in the seuel?? which i will read because even books like this that are only okay have enough page turning ness to keep me interested or maybe i am just a suckerit's a pretty tame pretty unchallenging read probably good for those reluctant teen readers it just doesn't push the YA envelope enough for my old haggard tastescome to my blog


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10 thoughts on “Matched

  1. Laurel Laurel says:

    The fart was this? I justthe FART WAS THIS?That beautiful cover is mean It drew me right in with its pretty lime green bubble bait of death Can't help wanting to have some of my favorite color on my reading shelf Hnnnnng It said READ ME OR I WILL MURDER YOU FAMILY And I bought it so it'd stop glaring at me in the teeny bopper section of BNI opened Matched and snails came at me with their shells and antennae of slime and grime and chime and dime SNAILS EVERYWHERE I couldn't move I couldn't breathe I was forced to understand things that weren't first explained It was horrible I tell youMatched tells the story of Cassia Reyes robot extraordinaire who lives in this nameless City run by the Society It has a Hill an Arboretum and Outer Provinces and special 'emergency tablets' but don't worry they're not dove into right away so you're supposed to know all about this place right the fuck away Thankfully Cassia finds it necessary to tell us about this Matching ceremony that binds people together for life but teens have flings anyway so how is this Matching accurate? Then Cassia gets her Match her bff Xander Carrow cool kid the best of the best She goes Yay But then a NEW FACE APPEARS SHIT It's this kid that she knows named Ky Markham who's an Aberration you know people who's parents got an Infraction and now the kids are screwed too or something Whatever forbidden love all around Take it in folks But Cassia simply must know why the Society fudged up and thus says Looks like it's up to MELet's burn this little suckah down to the GROUND WHERE IT BELONGSWriting I will give a nod to Ally Condie for not completely fucking up the style in this book There was some nice prose especially with the scenes with Ky and Cassia writing poetry while hiking OH BUT WAIT we discuss later in this book that even though these citzens can read and operate computers they can't write Someone tells me how that makes sense and I'll give them a cookie or something Until then fook that noiseAnother point on the writing was the pacing The snail pace of Matched was the exact reason why I ran to Vladdy Tod said HOLD ME SWEET LORD finished it in a day cried my heart out figuratively then stumbled back into this mess There was nothing exciting going on in this book I'll give a bone to Condie for providing some nice romantic scenes and one scene where I actually had a small sense of grief but everything else was robotic plain and uninteresting Even good old Robot Jones had personality than most characters in the beginning of this novelSPEAKING OF CHARACTERS WHO ARE ROBOTIC how about that Cassia Reyes? Or hell the entire Reyes family? Molly and Abran Reyes are just drones to the Society in the beginning Mr Reyes gets better later on and even Cassia does too I mean she even makes strong good decisions STUNNING INDEED Bram was adorable though I'll give Condie that tooXander and Ky were the two dudes in this pain stakingly unnecessary love triangle but then again what is YA without one right? It must be some new reuired rule that I could give less than a fuck about Moving on the good thing the ONLY good thing is that both of these guys aren't abusive douchey lust filled or cocky They are normal guy friends with Cassia and THANK YOU LORD FOR BLESSING ME THAT MUCH Sadly the need for this love triangle is never seen to me I just see that forbidden love nonsense and another boy is hopelessly in the wayXander teased Cassia in a best friend way he was nice and smart and tried to live in the Society with no problems He never wanted anything bad or maddening to happen; he just wanted the ordinary life of being Matched But no Cassia couldn't have that So she sneaks around with KyBut it's with Ky that she can actually evolve from a robot into a real girl Ky is a rare catch cause he can write He likes poetry I bet he plays guitar and sings songs in the forbidden lands that are mentioned once and never again Ky is a good character He's not trying to get Cassia to fall for him and he has a nice personalityMs Robot remained just that all throughout this book except for the times she was with Ky Ky saved her from my strangles She should be lucky But again when she does develop she is a good character She is strong she does what is right when she has to And shockingly enoughShe's not an idiot That may take a few seconds to sink inbut I'll waitSo what blew this up for me? What killed this book? Le structure There is close to nothing Structure is nearly dead It was horrifying and I wished the snails holding me to this book would at least grant me a half assed story with the somewhat nice characters made by Condie But no I was not given thatIf there was anything set up correctly in this book I would be alright with things happening the way they were BUT THERE WAS NO CLIMAX NOTHING THAT DROVE THIS ENTIRE BOOK OTHER THAN CASSIA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH KY Sure it was cute but there has to be a bigger story than romance This is dystopian gimme GODDAMN FUCKING DYSTOPIAN This is why I can't handle those fucking triangles Even a suare would be entertaining for Boba Fett's sake And the antagonistswhere were they?The whole Society is the antagonist Doy B No no no I'm talking about that ONE ROADBLOCK that means to drive Cassia into Hell preferably on a motorcycle HAHAHAHA I'm not funny There is that one person who drives to destroy Cassia's hopes and dreams and gigglesnort the hell out of it later Now that character does exist but I think Condie had a tough time with names or something This lady was a single Official one that bothered the shit out of Cassia What was her name you ask?THERE WASN'T ONE SHE WAS NO NAME Ol' No NameHow What KSJDBfLKJSBDGKLA She actually has a name Courtesy of commenter Alejandra her name was Officer Standler which is mentioned once and only once But Who's the real antagonist? The ACTUAL ONE? It's not Cassia vs the entire fucking Society is it? Jesus fuck that doesn't make ANY SENSEThey shouldn't be trusted I got that but how can we tell if the Society wants Cassia dead or whatever when we don't even know the head honcho of the Society? Or why there's an Official for EVERY PERSON LIVING That's like saying there's a soldier for every citizen in the United States WE DON'T KNOW WE HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE CONDIE AIN'T TELLING Give us a mention or something I need to know thingsBrings me to that anti climactic ending Cassia moves on with her life view spoilerto find Ky cause the Officials took him away somewhere and is in trouble lol hide spoiler

  2. Joe Joe says:

    Official TranscriptsJune 21 2001 • AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Oh my gosh Lois Lowry You're actually online2timeNewbery Sigh Hello AllieACondieHottie It's Ally With a 'y'ACondieHottie I can't believe u forgot Don't u read my letters?2timeNewbery I've received them yesACondieHottie Ur my favorite author Ur books R so radACondieHottie Especially The Giver I love that one It's so aweumACondieHottie Jonah's world is so neet I want to write a book just like itACondieHottie I wish The Giver had romance though My book would have romance ACondieHottie Do u like romance? Have u ever been in love?ACondieHottie I haven't I wish 2 boys would fight over me That would b awesumACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery YesACondieHottie If 2 boys fought over u which one would u pick?ACondieHottie Would u choose the brooding rebellious artsy hottie or the gentle good natured boy you've known ur entire life?ACondieHottie I don't know who I would choose It would b so confusing ACondieHottie Do u ever get confused?ACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery has logged off April 5 2004 • AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii2timeNewbery Hello AllieACondieHottie AllyACondieHottie I started writing a book 2timeNewbery Good luck with thatACondieHottie I have a uestion How do u create tension in a book?ACondieHottie I can't seem to create any tension in my bookACondieHottie Do u create tension by setting the story in the future? Because The Giver is set in the future and it is really tenseACondieHottie What if I capitalized random words? Does that create tension or uncertainty? Maybe that's what they'll do in the Future ;ACondieHottie Kissing is not Allowed in the Society ACondieHottie lolACondieHottie Are u still there?2timeNewbery has logged offJanuary 1 2008 • Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Happy New Year Day 2timeNewbery Hi AmyACondieHottie Ally Ally Condie 2timeNewbery SorryACondieHottie I'm almost finished with my book but I keep writing myself into corners ACondieHottie In fact my book just seems to trundle along happily nothing much really happening ACondieHottie It's actually kind of boring I've fallen asleep a couple times while writing it lol ACondieHottie The I try to make things happen the less action there is Maybe I should just have my characters kiss each other Or long to kiss each other even though it is not Allowed ;ACondieHottie Can I tell you something?ACondieHottie I really want my book to be just like yours Really good and profoundACondieHottie Don't get me wrong My book is about horny teens truth and justice in a repressed society and yours is just about truth and justice in a repressed society So it's different But the same ACondieHottie Because ur a genius and I like ur ideas 2timeNewbery has logged offMay 18 2010 • Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Eeeeeeeeeeee Ur online2timeNewbery Hello AllieACondieHottie AllyACondieHottie Did u receive the ARC of my book Matched? I mailed one 2 u last week2timeNewbery YesACondieHottie What do u think?2timeNewbery I think you should find yourself a lawyerACondieHottie has logged off

  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerFirst thing first I think Ally Condie owes at least half of her seven figure paycheck to Lois Lowry The entire dystopian world is lifted directly from Lowry's The Giver Almost everything interesting in Matched is very familiar the idea of highly controlled Society the Community in The Giver the prearranged Matches uniform clothing the pills suppressing emotions predetermination of everyone's life course euthanized elderly regulated personal possessions the precision of the language the family structure The list goes on and on What Condie adds of her own is too often doesn't make much sense people are not allowedcan't write but they know how to read and operate computers; Matches and procreation are controlled but teens can still snog around a bit; and what is the sorting job all about I still have no idea I am not the biggest fan of The Giver our there but that novel had a horrifying structured world hiding behind its simplistic language What hides behind the words of Matched is sheer emptiness And boredom and unoriginality If all borrowed dystopian ideas are stripped away what is left is a tepid G rated teen romance affair with an obligatory love triangle and magical love connections Even the male love interests are the same old tired cliches a sweet and loyal best friend type and a mysterious hurt emo type uoting poetry Yawn Yawn YawnAlly Condie's writing is serviceable enough So are the characters No male character reuires a restraining order against him no female a head check for putting up with abusive crap But is this and a pretty cover really a recipe for success these days? There is nothing in this novel to get excited over There is no urgency to Condie's writing no passion Just dull characters dull relationships dull conflicts dull conversationsI can't whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone it simply doesn't offer anything new or noteworthy But some fans of lukewarm romance driven stories like Birthmarked or Beautiful Creatures might enjoy it I suppose Do I really need to say I am not coming back for ?PS Apparently Disney picked it up for development WHY?

  4. jessica jessica says:

    that feeling when you enjoy a book go and check out other reviews see it has a friend average of 299 and then you silently uestion everything about your life 😂i dont know what to say other then i liked this i thought it was fresh original and entertaining i thought the plot was cool i found myself caring about the characters and im looking forward to the next book my entertainment standards must be pretty low lol ↠ 4 stars

  5. Inge Inge says:

    15 stars

  6. Kristi Kristi says:

    Matched drew me in with it's uniue summary and beautiful cover unfortunately that is where my fascination endedI wanted to like this book actually I wanted to love it but I didn't I had a very hard time getting though this novel I even had to take a break from it completely and I only kept reading because of the encouragement from others that had read it insisting that it would get better It didn't get a whole lot better for meI guess my biggest problem was that I was bored for most of the novel I was bored with the story the characters everything Cassia was selfish and dull I tried to like her but she never really gave me much reason to Her relationships with Xander and Ky were impassive I understand that Xander was 'chosen' for her so there were going to be fireworks every time they touched but I still didn't even understand their appeal as friends not just as a romantically involved couple And the obsession with Ky why? And that's all that it felt like to me an obsession I didn't feel or see the energy between themThe Society wasn't explained very well Why is The Society there? How did it come to be? Why the current precautions? Why are there people that live in The Society and others that don't? There is a war going on? Why? Where? With who? I had uestions than anythingI didn't know enough about the characters and the life they were living to really care about them It felt like a very long prologue to another storyThe few chapters at the end of the story piued my interest somewhat but even then it was tainted with how I had felt through most of the entire novel It was beautifully written but I just couldn't get into itStill undecided on reading the rest of the trilogy

  7. Emily May Emily May says:

    Soo basic storyline being of a society where officials decide every aspect of a person's life from the big stuff as in who they'll marry or be 'matched' with and when they'll die to the little stuff like what they eat how they dress and their daily routines The story tells how Cassia is matched to a boy but falls for another and suddenly begins to uestion the rules of the society heading as she does so straight into a world of secrets and danger Great sounding plot am I right? Too bad it turned out to be rather mediocre in practiceWell for me this book managed to redeem itself right near the very end and escape being the it's ok marker One of the biggest problems was the hype about this book I've been waiting to get my hands on this for ages just dying to sink my teeth into it after all dystopian fiction is my one true literary love So because of this the disappointment fell even heavier I love the idea but there were just so many things about the story that made me feel it never really took off and reached it's full potential To make my point I'm going to review the novel as two parts first as a dystopian novel and then as a love storyAs I already mentioned I love dystopian societies and I have done ever since I read Nineteen Eighty Four when I was twelve However my love for dystopia is concentrated on the high action andor shocking tragedy that define the genre In my opinion it's hard to feel a great sense of dystopia in Matched Nothing majorly tragic or gripping happens until the last few chapters and by then you've lost touch with the story and the characters It's slow moving and though I never thought I'd use this phrase in a review it 'lacks drama' If you compare it to 'The Handmaid's Tale' or 'Declaration' for example there's none of that built up tension throughout I read these books on the edge of my seat feeling every emotion with the protagonists and even beginning to panic at the peaks of the two novels Matched just never got my blood pressure up there was no sense of urgency or despair For a long time the society didn't really seem that bad at all Where's the dystopia? The action? The despair? Maybe I'm just a twisted individual but the society wasn't 'bad' enough for meAnd the love story Because that's the other thing this novel is about Well the only time I felt any real connection or chemistry between Cassia and Ky was in the last few chapters I could sense that the author was attempting to build it up slowly but I never latched on to it In fact for a good while all I did was feel sorry for poor Xander and wish she'd just except a life with him and let Ky get on with being mysterious and weird But it did pull back and the novel ended with me wanting Cassia to go find him There may be hope for this love story yetThe ending was the most commendable part of the novel I'd started to think that there would be no point in me buying the second book in the series as the first one had done nothing for me And then the ending left me interested engrossed and eager to find out It opened up a wider mystery that would have been so much better if the author had built it up by slowly alluding to it throughout the novel then I wouldn't have been so shocked to find that the book wasn't so terrible overall I will say though I loved her Grandad from Cassia's first conversation with him I found him cute and lovable far intriguing than any other characterI might get the second book because of an unexpected need to find out where the author will take us next I did enjoy parts of it especially the ending I'm just a strange individual who's into dark dystopia I have too high expectations of the genre Also with the girl in that stunning green dress it will look way too pretty on your bookshelf

  8. Joyzi Joyzi says:

    Book ReviewOkay I promised I'll write an in depth review so here it is and I'll try to not put biggie spoilers I'm going to use A style of reviewing this timeWhat made you pick up the book? I actually watched a book trailer in Youtube the link to that vid was way down there somewhere so and yeah I got intrigued by that video and then I go to goodreads and read reviews about it I was a bit shock about the mix reviews some was positive and some was negative So because of it I think I should read it so I have to know for myself if it's good or notWhat are your expectations before reading it? I actually have lower expectations since I've read a couple of negative reviews and they said it was very similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry Honestly I didn't like The Giver I just gave it two stars and at first I thought that maybe I wouldn't like the book but at least I'd love to give utopia a second tryWhat do you love about the book?Okay there are many things I love about this booka Writing Style it was prose with a mix of poetry somewhat lyrical so if you adore Maggie Stiefvater's or Carrie Ryan's style of writing you probably would love Ally Condie's style as wellb Cassia the heroine actually the heroine was not annoying and she has a strong voice To be specific her character at first was a weak one and as the story progresses her way of thinking changes and it got deeper and deeper She actually got a good character development and she has a lot of epiphanies about her so called perfect society and that's what I love about her Everything around her seems perfect when you look at it superficially but when you try to analyze it deeper there society was perfect but they have no choices no freedom at all they're like society's puppetsc The love story at first the love story was idk just a love story but it has actually implies idk what you call that uhhhm symbolism or whateverso yeah this is what I just think about itXander vs Kyor this could mean own interpretation folksConformity vs RebellionKnown vs UnknownPerfection vs ImperfectionLove that was dictated by Society vs Love that was dictated by oneselfd Ky and Cassia's relationship it builds up it actually builds up sorry for the repetition folks So yeah I just wanna rant those other books wherein yeah the boy meets girl or rather the girl meets boy and then baaaaaaam for 5 seconds they freaking love each other like they're soulmates or idk destined for each other gags Come on that was so unrealistic when authors do that it seems they're too lazy to write the part of you know getting to know each other part of a relationship coughs So yeah that was what I like about this book I mean yeah whatever idk how to explains it but they actually have that getting to know each other thingyAnd idk when I was reading this book I felt like I'm not reading it if you know what I mean I felt like I was existing inside the book Like I was Cassia and I felt all her emotions and I empathize with her problems and I can see her world right into my eyesSo yeah I just felt that while I was reading this I would definitely pick every choices that Cassia made I know that in my hearts of heart I would fall in love with Ky even though it was forbidden even though my Society says that Xander was the one I was suppose to marry I mean there's just something about Ky that pulls you into him even if it was dangerous Ky was mysterious and his story was what urge me to know about him just like Cassia Is it that wonderful when you actually was curious to know about a person because of hisher imperfection and rather of hisher perfection?What do you hate about the book?a It was unoriginal Actually there's something about this book that screams out Rip off and Plagiarism ever read The Giver and Hunger Games? Yeah but I think since this book was in the genre of utopiadystopia maybe there were just a few thingselements that will be always similar like The Political Intrigue Human vs Society Rebellion The GovernmentSociety Lied thingy or Your whole life was a lie thingy the protagonist will always have moments of Epiphany on the book Social Manipulation sort of stuff Philosophical and Political moralsideas that would be shove into your throat as the storyline progressesb I felt that the book was idk the term uhhhhm bridge or exposition introduction for the other books I mean in this book there are hints that some people outside the province were actually rebelling and there's like a war blah blah blah But in this book the rebellion was not yet elaborated so I think that will be for the next books to comec I love it but the ending I felt that it wasn't an ending at all Idk there are so many uestions that are left hanging and I felt that to be able to really judge this book you need to read the whole series and how things will be played out in the end So yeah I need the next book pretty fastWhat are other books you want to recommend with the same genre?Okay so I just list them here I'll divide dystopia and utopia and will sort of rank them outDystopia1 5stars 5stars both 1 star and 5stars2 5stars 2stars3 5stars4 4stars 2starsUtopia1 5stars2 2stars3 2starsNoteWeeeeee I just finished Matched and it was AMAZING I want I love Ky Markham btw he kinda reminds me of someone daydream for a moment coughsthe guy I fallen in love with in High Schoolcoughs Eeeeeeeeeeek violently shoves someoneYeah and I just want to share a conversation with my classmate hereJoyzi Hey I recommend you to read the Hunger Games it was so amazing blah blah blah and I read it like in one sitting cuz I can't put it down and Peeta was so sweet and everything blah blah blah best book ever blah blahFriend ah okay After a few daysJoyzi Hey have you finished the Hunger Games?Friend No I don't want to read itJoyzi Why?Friend I kinda go to wikipedia and I found out it was a violent book children killing children kinda Joyzi Yeah it was pretty violent Why? Don't you wanna read something that has gore on it?Friend Sorry friend but violence is not my cuppaSo yeah I think I just recommend Matched by Ally Condie to my friend because this book has zero violence but has an amazing Dystopia theme it was uite similar to the Giver but this one has romance and the writing was breathtakingly beautifulYeah idk what else to say I will have an in depth review of the book on Sunday very nice book trailer here

  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    Everything in this book is so CLEAN I loved that You have to understand I had a thing for utopian societies in high school BRAVE NEW WORLD THIS PERFECT DAY HARRISON BERGERON oh yes I've read them all And what struck me about some of them was that it was supposed to be the perfect future society but everyone just seemed so sweaty But not so in the Society Everything is carefully sanitized Clothes are clean or uickly changed when they are not The world has been cleaned up there are only one hundred poems left one hundred paintings because too many choices too many THINGS contributed to the confusion of their ancestors us in short The world has been streamlined recycled and recreated into this sterile perfection and it fascinated me I loved the fact that Cassia feels like things are spiraling out of control and they are for her But she continues to eat her specially prepared meals continues to go to work and to the school so the temptation to succumb to go back to the dreamy calm of no choices and no worries is always there The reader wonders until the last page what will she do? Will the Society pull her back in or will she rebel? Her dilemma is artfully done and there is appeal in both of her choices It was what kept me reading along with the flawlessness of this serene Society which Ally Condie has createdSo this book has been heavily promoted I should be so lucky as to have PR like this And with that comes the fear that the book itself isn't very good just the PR team Well have no fear my people The book is worth the hype This is 1984 for teens and it works Also I myself am not a romance person particularly when it comes to YA I will admit there have been other books in which my eyes rolled so much I feared they would fall out I loved the romance in this one I thought it was very natural and very well doneTwo thumbs way up for Ally and MATCHED Can't wait for the seuel

  10. karen karen says:

    yeahthis is one i might be too old for a lot of people compare this to The Giver and i get it in that they are both these forced utopias but then so is The Stepford Wives yeah? but since i didn't like the giver i can't really complain that this was a rip off because neither of them did very much for me so i'm not going to go waving any flags around in either's defense you are on your own booksbut if i had tothis one may have been slightly entertaining to me because it was less dated and of course they both take place in a temporal neverland so it's not that it is actually dated but that the ideals of the society just feel shiny chrome in this one but this is a utopia with cracks and they are starting to show and i like that i like reading these dark future novels just for the details to see how they differ and even in the ones i am not in love with there are always one or two details that make me think oh interesting take on the subjectin this version everyone is beautiful and fit everyone automatically receives their reuired amount of calories so no one is overweight or enjoys food it is purely fuel except on v special occasionsbooks and ideas are stripped down to 100 poems 100 songs etcmuseums are for unnecessary things like jewelry and trinkets from the pastmarriages are arranged between teenagers to create the most productive pairingoffspringeveryone dies at 80those are the facts but at the end of the day it is still a pretty basic love triangle so yawnit is frustrating because there seem to be so many opportunuties for rebellion but no one really takes advantage of that including the author there are tiny teen angst rebellions but they are almost factored into by the society as inveitable as part of a learning curve i wanted to hear about that and the ripple effect those had to group dynamics and obedience in adults maybe in the seuel?? which i will read because even books like this that are only okay have enough page turning ness to keep me interested or maybe i am just a suckerit's a pretty tame pretty unchallenging read probably good for those reluctant teen readers it just doesn't push the YA envelope enough for my old haggard tastescome to my blog

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