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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (166,768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ally Condie Narrator: Kate Simses Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matched Series Release Date:
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Matched is an emotionally resonant book about a dystopian future in which everything that people do is controlled by the government. The society portrayed so vividly in Matched is a lot like the one in Orwell's 1984 where Big Brother is constantly watching you. In Matched, the government is not given a name like Big Brother but its representatives seem to be around every corner, watching people and making sure that they behave in the right way. Everything that people do is controlled, from what they eat and what they wear to who they marry.

The story centers around young Cassia who has been scheduled to marry a boy named Xander who is also her best friend, but Cassia starts developing feelings for Ky, someone who is not a respected member of society because of an infraction committed by his father. Ky is called an aberration and he's not allowed to marry. He can only take up very low level jobs whereas Cassia has been qualified to get a very high level job. Although the story is about Cassia deciding who she would rather be with—Xander or Ky—it's also a story about the restrictiveness of this dystopian society and a rebellion brewing in the background.

There are hints that in places referred to as the outer provinces, there is a war going on but this information has been kept from people who live civilized lives in the city. Although these civilized lives are safe, they're also very restrictive. Most of the books and artworks that exist now have been destroyed, with society decreeing that only 100 of each shall be saved. So there are only 100 poems, 100 movies etc. For entertainment, people must turn to one of these even though they've already read them or seen them before.

Cassia and Ky get caught up in a discovery of poems that are not part of the 100. They're committing a crime by not immediately handing these poems to the government officials but it's so exciting and moving to find something new that they can't help themselves. Plus, Ky starts teaching Cassia to write by hand, something that no one in the society knows how to do. Eventually, Cassia, who has a bright future ahead of her in this society, must make a choice between the safe future that has been chosen for her and disobeying society's laws by choosing Ky.

Ally Condie, author of Matched, has written a trilogy consisting of Matched, Crossed and Reached. The rights for Matched have been optioned to the Walt Disney Company, after a bidding war with Paramount. Allie Condie went to Brigham Young University and currently lives outside of Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and four children. She used to be an English teacher and still maintains her license, just in case.

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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 is faced with an impossible choice—not only between Xander and Ky but between the life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This futuristic fable of love and free will asks: Can there be freedom without choice? The tale of Cassia’s journey from acceptance to rebellion will draw you in and leave you wanting more.”

    Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

  • Matched is a page-turning, dystopian love story, written with the soul of a poet. Finally, a brave new world that readers from Twilight to The Hunger Games will claim as their own.”

    Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling authors of Beautiful Creatures

  • “I can’t stop thinking about Matched. It’s impossible to put down this enthralling romance, set in a chilling world where every choice is predicted and even love is controlled. I need to know what happens next. More please!”

    Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Condie’s enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Deftly explor[es] the individual cost of societal perfection and the sacrifices inherent in freedom of choice.”


  • “Absolutely riveting! Matched is a must-read.”

    Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series

  • “At once evocative of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World…Supporting characters like Cassia’s parents and her grandfather add depth to the story…Fans of The Giver will devour this book and impatiently demand the next installment.”

    School Library Journal

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2010
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the Winter 2011 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • A 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ashley Bailey | 2/18/2014

    " I read about 1/4 of this book. I just didn't like it. The story moves so slowly and didn't interest me much. Normally when I have a book I read as often as I can. With Matched it just say in my end table untouched for a few days. I realized I just didn't want to waste my time reading a book that I wasn't enjoying. The idea for the book was great but it just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marion | 2/12/2014

    " Again, this was probably more a 3.5 than a 3. I have read quite a few novels/series in this genre and although this was well-written and well-paced and I largely enjoyed the characters it just didn't hit my "reading enjoyment" spot. I will definitely read more of the series but it wasn't in mu top ten for the year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by ♥Kelsi♫ | 2/11/2014

    " this book was disappointing, the storyline was okay, and a little confusing. i thought there would be a lot more romance to it, nd the character development was okay. they seemed pretty distance and all. ehhhh idk, it was okay, it cld of been better. i wld say it didn't get intriguing and better until the very end when Ky left and when she decided to go look for him. ugh idk, ill read the 2nd book, but i doubt it wld b any better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kari | 2/1/2014

    " Like it. Got it into quickly! Fun read! "

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