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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011!

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Matched
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4.1 / 5
Matched
October 21st, 2015
OMG great book and such a page turner tis book is a "realistic" version of what the future could end up being like. I couldn't stop reading
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1 person found this helpful
Great idea, but flat characters
October 8th, 2015
In a world where everything is controlled for you by the sorting of numbers. From who you’ll marry, the job you’ll have, they even promise you a fulfilling life all the way up to age eighty, where you pass away peacefully never feeling useless or unwanted. Your life is controlled by three tablets: green, blue and red. No one knows what the red tablet does, people believe it is a death tablet, but the Society fends off those rumors. The blue tablet is given at age 10; it is filled with enough nutrients to keep you alive for several days. The green tablet is given at age 13; it will make you calm, but you can only use it once a week. The red tablet is given at age 16, and is only to be used when instructed. Where the world is finally at a state of content, the Society seems perfect on the outside. But inside at Mapletree Borough, one girl finds the flaw that runs deep into the bones of the way of life. Cassia follows the rules. She always had, and thought she always would. Her family consists of her mother, father and little brother Bram, who have lived in Mapletree Borough all their life. Everything was peaceful, or so they thought. The day of the Match Banquet was a series of preparation for the girls of Mapletree. As at age seventeen the girls will find out which boy they have been destined to marry, and a chance to show off their beauty by wearing colorful dresses, instead of their regular brown, black or gray clothes. Cassia was especially excited as this was the day she’s been dreaming of, showing up as the only girl in a bright green dress. Her match, well it was an unusual one as she was matched with her best friend since childhood Xander. It seems like a fairy tale as both families were excited, Cassia’s peers were jealous as Xander was a good cached, and with their memories of playing in the sandbox together, they were a perfect match.Cassia was happy, at least until she put her card in to find out all about Xander’s life and saw a face that wasn’t Xander’s staring back at her, instead it was a different boy, one she knew, but never got to know well. His name was Ky. Ky Markham was Cassia’s second matched. This has to be a mistake as you cannot be with two people, yet the Society doesn’t make mistakes. It hurt Cassia even more as she knew Ky, they went to school together, and have hung out a few times. Where Cassia was perfectly happy to be with Xander, she couldn’t help wonder why she and Ky were matched up, even if it was a mistake. For her summer activity she picked hiking, and was shocked when Ky was there too, and the Offical had paired them up. For many trips with Ky up The Hill, Cassia starts to learn about his story, about the story of the Society, and how even though they told her to be with Xander, she wanted to be with Xander, she couldn’t help but fall in love with Ky. With a love triangle forming it is up to the Society to cut this tree down, before it can start causing real trouble. Ally Condie had a good story line going, yet the characters fell flat. The Society (similar to the one in The Giver) had a good backbone, with a little mention of how our society fell; they had rules, normal and weird (no running outside of the track), and a general order to keep the people controlled. Yet I felt nothing for Cassia. Maybe it was the fact that the story was a love triangle, but the love Cassia has supposedly fallen for Ky and Xander never felt strong, let alone reality. It was a good start, but to keep this story going there needs to be a strong character development event coming. Check out more of my book reviews at TeenageReads.com
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Amazing Book
August 12th, 2015
I thought this was a really well written book, with great details. I loved every minute of reading it. Looking forward to the next one.
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Great book!
March 27th, 2015
A perfect mesh of dystopian society and romance, while still taking the world's details seriously. Can't wait to read the rest!
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1 person found this helpful
Society's Future
February 3rd, 2015
A fresh take on the future that is reminiscent of breeding fine racehorses. Only human. Chilling to see the pressures of the main character as she navigates through what she knows and what she has come to discover.
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Matched
December 21st, 2014
Very intreging and had a good story line. Filled romance, choices and mystery. Will leave you begging for more.
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Matched
November 4th, 2014
It took a while for the book to hook me, but when it did I fell hard. This series is my new literary addiction :)
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1 review
Brain candy
August 6th, 2014
Good for a quick read, but not interesting enough to read the rest of the series.
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1 person found this helpful
Matched was amazing
July 26th, 2014
Loved every minute I read this book, hard to put down.. I can't wait to start crossed now.. All I keep thinking about is Ky and Cassia and Xander and the stupid society, it's just fantastic! I hope they turn into movies
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1 review
Too bad
June 29th, 2014
Not very happy with it. It seems good at first but then just gets very predicable and boring. I didn't even read the last couple chapters because it didn't hold my attention. Waste of time.
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1 review
Not great
May 23rd, 2014
this book is kind of boring because I thought that i would be more like the series ulglies and im kind of disappointed in it. But I do like the whole theme of them trying to be together
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1 of 3 people found this helpful
Not great
May 23rd, 2014
this book is kind of boring because I thought that i would be more like the series ulglies and im kind of disappointed in it. But I do like the whole theme of them trying to be together
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2 reviews
3 of 3 people found this helpful
Exactly what I expected
May 19th, 2014
This book is a fun, light read. It keeps your interest, even though it's very predictable. I look forward to reading the next book in the triology, though I'm not sure I would recommend this book to others.
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Matched
February 27th, 2014
Slow at first but by the end I couldn't put it down
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
LOVIN IT!!!
February 7th, 2014
Honestly why wouldn't I?:-)
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
January 27th, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. These futuristic book are absolutely fantastic! It's a pretty easy read but very well written. I don't want to give anything away but if you like trilogies like The Hunger games or Divergent this is a good one to read.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
I couldn't put it down. Condie has created a Society so rich that you just get lost in it.
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1 review
2 of 2 people found this helpful
So good
January 16th, 2014
Just started and it is so good
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1 review
Geweldige trilogie
December 17th, 2013
Een heel mooi en spannend verhaal. Ik heb alle drie de boeken achter elkaar uit gelezen.
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Matched
November 18th, 2013
Good read slow at times I will defiantly read the other two
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Excellent!!
October 12th, 2013
This is an excellent story! I read it from beginning to end without stopping (except when absolutely necessary)! I am getting the next book in the series, Crossed, and start in right away! Can't wait to read it!
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
October 4th, 2013
A wonderful story! Out of this world
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1 review
1 of 2 people found this helpful
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
August 1st, 2013
An amazing book, can't wait to read more ;)
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1 review
1 of 4 people found this helpful
Matched
July 9th, 2013
What a hard way to live a life.
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Fabulous book! Read this!
June 8th, 2013
This book was great, good details, some interesting things happen. The only regret I have is it was a little bit boring. Nothing happened after the Matching Ceremony. Though the suspense at the beginning was fabulous. At the end, I am so sad Ky isn't there, we know he's coming back in the next book though. I love Ky. He is amazing!
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1 person found this helpful
Matchef
May 27th, 2013
Amazing start to story
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Matched
May 22nd, 2013
I found it quite hard to get through due to the fact it was similar to the hunger games trilogy but different in many other ways. Overall good book.
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Matched - Book 1
May 6th, 2013
I really liked this book and would recommend it to fans of Dystopia genre.
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1 review
1 of 2 people found this helpful
Ok book that's better near the end.
April 9th, 2013
Took a long time to get interesting yet I couldn't put it down. I will most likely read the other books in the series
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