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.
©2010 Ally Condie (P)2010 Penguin
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I loved everything about this except the weird transition music. Could have used less mood setting... It was weird and caught me off guard each time.
Why? Why is the ally condie trying to torture me? I spent money to be entertained. Instead I find my ears bleeding, begging for the point of this God awful story.
Imagine your friend telling you, in detail, about a huge promotion they received, only they begin the story a month prior to the date of the actual promotion. In. Freaking. Detail. All 30 dull, irrelevant damn days. In detail.
Your friend is talking just to talk. Condie, I'm forced to assume, is writing for the same narcissistic reason. Either that or she herself was trying to figure out where the hell she was going with it...idk, man.
The story was very addictive, with characters that you truly felt like you knew in real life.
Ky, of course.
too many good ones to pick just one. the match ceremony, her grandfather's last day. the kiss with Ky. when she fakes the red pill.
yes, I can't wait.
This is a great dystopian book without a lot of violence. It is definitely a romance, but isn't too sappy either. It's clean; no bad language or gratuitous sex like books so often like to throw in, even when they have nothing to do with the plot. I already bought the next two books and look forward to listening to them.
Yes. I actually heard more than I retained when reading. It might have been because I had read the full series before listening but I picked up nuances that I missed in the book.
Ky was probably my favorite, mainly because he is the underdog, the one that doesn't belong and I identify with that.
Childlike, varied, soft
To me the story just wasn't all that great. I may at some point listen to the other books in this series but right now I'm in no rush. I've been listening to book after book and rushing to purchase the next book in the series and that is not the case here. The narrator didn't help either with the book. It took me a while to figure out that this book was about 16 and 17 year olds. I seriously thought they were 13. The voice of the narrator is to young for this and because of that too, I just couldn't get into the book. And I get this is audio, but I could have done without the music in the background to add to a scene. I know almost all the books do it in the beginning and end but it really isn't necessary to do every time you have a dramatic moment.
If it weren't so sappy. Ugh, should've read the reviews more closely on this one.
No. This would be a good book for a teen, just not for me.
A more mature narrator, she sounded so young.
I tried to like this book, I really did. It sounded so interesting, but the whole time is spent fantasizing about another boy. It was just too juvenile for me. The premise was good, and made me want to dive in, but the delivery was not what I expected. This should be listed as a Tween fantasy novel.
I love to listen to all kinds of mystery and crime books along with biographies, romance and self help books.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The narrator was excellent and kept my interest also.
I would compare this book with the Hunger Games but I think the Hunger Games series was a little better.
Kate Simses changed up her speaking voice with different characters. I liked that.
If I could have this is a book that I would have listened to all in one setting. I did not want to put it down.
I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
I would probably listen to it again in a few months if I have forgotten the story. But no, it's not a story that I absolutely love and would read over and over without getting sick of it.
Other books that I might compare Matched to would probably be any dystopian novel.
She had a lot of expression, and she had a lot of enthusiasm, and lastly she made her voice change every time a new character started talking.
Probably in the end… with the Kai thing… Not going to spoil it ;)
You should try it.
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This book reminds me a lot of the book, "The Giver" about a boy in a rigidly controlled society of structure and health. If you enjoy this book I recommend reading that one. You will not have ruined either book for yourself if you've already read one of them. They are completely different authors with very different endings just similar plots.
Matched seems all too close to home in a society slowly moving closer and closer to excess control, cameras, mandated health care, and food control. This book is a love triangle in a modernized setting of an idealist's communist utopia. No one complains. No one argues. No one knows any better. I love this book. The plot is constantly thickening, constantly pulling you in, and making you root for the characters. If you are anything like me you will fill so attached that you have to move on to the next book immediately, it's that good. I finished it in two days because I couldn't stop.
This book is not overly sci-fi fantasy. I think everything in it could realistically and unfortunately happen. There are no goblins, witches, warlocks, magical toads, or fairy tale-esque plot lines.
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