Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the Matched series.
Cassia lives in a perfect world reminiscent of that of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Everything is decided for citizens based on statistics and probability with terrible consequences for anyone who deviates from the directives. All seems perfect when, at seventeen, she is matched for life with Xander, her best friend since childhood. Unfortunately, she starts falling for another guy who has been designated an “Aberration”, and can never be matched with anyone. Does she follow her heart putting her family and everyone she loves in danger or settle for a life that could be acceptable. I loved the convincing world created here, the authentic characters and the poetic writing. This is the first book in a trilogy and anyone who reads it will be eagerly awaiting the next book by this gifted first-time author.— Pam Stilp
Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“Yes, it's dystopian, but Matched is really about a young woman, Cassia, discovering the gift of thinking for herself after growing up under the rules of The Society. When she is matched to her 'perfect' mate but finds out that her true match might be a different boy with a mysterious past that The Society is trying to cover up, Cassia begins to question their real intention. I can't wait for the sequel, and I'm also hoping this will turn some teens on to Dylan Thomas' poetry.”
— Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
“[A] superb dystopian romance.” – The Wall Street Journal
“Strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that’s bound to captivate.” – The Los Angeles Times
In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted the Society’s choices. And when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, she is certain he’s the one—until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now she is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s ever known and a path no has dared to follow . . . between perfection and the truth.
Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
About the Author
Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her family outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation.
“Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect winter escape.” —MTV.com
“Matched introduces a smart young woman attempting to make sense of her dystopic world, à la The Hunger Games. Ally Condie’s debut features strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that's bound to captivate.” —The Los Angeles Times
“[A] superb dystopian romance” —Wall Street Journal
“Matched is the hottest YA title since The Hunger Games.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A Must Read” —Girls Life Magazine
“Condie’s enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fierce, unforgettable page-turner.” —Kirkus, starred review
“The stunning clarity and attention to detail in Condie’s Big Brother–like world is a feat.” —Booklist
“Fans of The Giver will devour this book.” —School Library Journal