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Matched: Book 1 | [Ally Condie]

Matched: Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Fort Lauderdale, Florida 08-02-12
    Amazon Customer Fort Lauderdale, Florida 08-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Kathy

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    "Interesting!"

    I was sucked into this book because of the society Cassia lives in. It's awful and amazing. The mindset that they are "lucky" to live the way they do made me shake my head. And later in the book to really see the total control the government has over every little thing makes you realize that this kind of society could really be possible. That sucked me in but the love story kept me reading. They were so cute and it reminded me of that first real love. I finished the first book and immediately started the 2nd. Worried how the 2nd one will end! The 3rd one won't be out for a while still!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    catherine United States 07-25-12
    catherine United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly sensory!"
    Where does Matched rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've never quite read anything like Matched. I'm more of a romance novel gal, but I like to use the "$5.95" sales to branch off and "read" things I wouldn't normally have spent a credit on. This venture paid off very happily this time. I truly enjoyed this, it was relaxing and yet mentally stimulating, however it was also frightfully thought provoking as only post-apocalyptic novels can be.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matched?

    I loved the entire last quarter of the novel, more so than the first 75%. As Cassia began to open up and make connections and break free from the mental constipation induced by The Society. The story and charactes began to take a new more colorful dimension. The first large part of the novel was very one dimensional, and it is necessary in order to truly get the tone and mentality across. But as the plot progresses it becomes multi dimensional and textured. It might seem kind of dry at first but stick with it, it pays off!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At Grandfather's Final Banquet. Grandfather tells Cassia to find her own words. This theme struck me as incredibly poignant at the time, in the time when people no longer create anything original. As I read on, I found that this concept of self discovery would become a main theme.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Grandfather's Final Banquet


    Any additional comments?

    Tremendously thought provoking post-apocalyptic read, of a young girl discovering herself and finding liberation from a utilitarian society, and the freedom to love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April BILLINGS, MONTANA, United States 07-24-12
    April BILLINGS, MONTANA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2010

    When ever I can't read a book I love to listen to one. I am addicted.

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    "I love this book and can't wait for more."
    Where does Matched rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books and best series I have listened to. Very well written, well read, and captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was captivating and you felt as torn as the girl was when it came to what she should do and what was right. Truly addicting.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

    I could never say I had a favorite because I truly felt drawn into the whole story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and I cried and then frantically looked for more to the series and by the author. I have already listen to book two and am impatiently waiting on book three. Amazing books and amazing author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda COTTAGEVILLE, SC, United States 07-21-12
    Rhonda COTTAGEVILLE, SC, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story"
    Would you try another book from Ally Condie and/or Kate Simses?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Matched to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to friends that liked the Hinger Games.


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    The reader's voice was youthful and helped build the nature of the main character in my mind. The reader has a lovely, sweet voice.


    Could you see Matched being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    TV series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 05-22-12
    Mcmenace23 CT, USA 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "OK"
    If you could sum up Matched in three words, what would they be?

    Cute but predictable


    Any additional comments?

    This story is very similar to some others in this genre, but I did not like it nearly as much. A better option would be Delerium, by Lauren Oliver.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 04-18-12
    Michelle Charlotte, NC, United States 04-18-12
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    "Dystopia & Love in YA"

    In reviewing this book, I want to be sure to note, I am not a YA, however my secret is that I love them. As a 20 something adult I have to very distinct reading styles, one serious who loves rich deep plots and characters with twists, turns and surprises you never see coming, with beautiful imagery and writing. Then there is my lazy reading side and that side of me eats up YA novels. First they are simple, with easy to follow plots, expected and predictable plot themes and love stories and I am totally ok with that. So that being said, Matched falls into the ok/good enough to read the second category to my lazy reading side.

    The story is told through Cassia, a girl living in a dystopian world and eating up every minute of it, with her guy “friend” Xander. You learn some about “the society” she lives in, controlling to the point of pre delivered meals, clothing allotments, education, the arts and even marriage and medications to control mood. They seem capable of monitoring peoples every move and they make every decision for them, you have a world of robots doing everything they are told and seeming to be totally ok with it. When you first meet Cassia, this is all she knows and being matched is the biggest thing in her young life. Then though a series of events you meet “Ky”, the mysterious handsome boy that first make Cassia start to think about this world of total control and what else could be out there. This is where the story starts to lose some ground for me, Cassia seems to quickly change her mind about the wonderful society from only a few fleeting interactions with Ky whom according to society rules she can never have. I did not really feel like the romance had any real ground to grow on, so therefor I struggle to understand her motivation to be willing to so quickly go against everything she has ever grown up to know and the people she grew up loving.

    The love triangle is clearly trying to being set up in the first book; however because of the undeveloped romance/love aspect of the plot, I feel it needs more time to really start to get flushed out. I feel the characters need to grow a little more into themselves; we don’t really know that much about either boy in this “triangle” so it’s hard to feel any one way towards them. As well as the readers understanding of the society needs to be more in depth, so this does not come off so much like a cheesy love story. It felt like a lot of good ideas that were glued together and not always successfully. This read more like an outline for a book idea, than a fully thought out book, or a book that could have been done in one novel that has been given fluff to make it into a trilogy. So while it kept me semi-interested and was very easy to read, there are no surprises here, every action had a clear and easy to surmise outcome. One postive for the audio is that Kate Simses gives Cassia a clear voice and does the narration well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Edge 03-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Books are my favorite getaway.

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    "Great Story! Wonderful Book!"
    Would you listen to Matched again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times. It's great.


    What other book might you compare Matched to and why?

    It's in same category with Twilight and Hunger Games.


    What does Kate Simses bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Very enjoyable voice to listen to reading a good book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love knows no bounderies no matter what the ruling Government thinks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jamie Springield, MO, United States 02-21-12
    jamie Springield, MO, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not a fan of teenage angst literature, but if you are an angsty teenager, go for it. I could see a 15 year old version of myself LOVING this book.


    What does Kate Simses bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Simses does a great job distinguishing voices for each character, however, her narration as Cassia sounds like a annoying 17 year old girl... but THAT'S THE POINT, so I'll let it slide! :)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    indifferent


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the second one is better. I want to like this book... It didn't leave me wanting to read the second book, but i guess I will... meh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 11-15-11
    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 11-15-11 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Good Book 1"

    I enjoyed this book very much. The character's and story were a good setup for more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson United States 07-26-11
    Allyson United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    I thought this book was excellent, I really have no complaints, the story was very engaging and the narrator did a good job. It was similar to the giver in that the society in which they lived in was very strict and controlling of everything. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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