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Contributor(s): Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
ISBN: 0525423648     ISBN-13: 9780525423645
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: November 2010
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Annotation: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dystopias.
Marriage; Fiction.
Fantasy.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010027850
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Matched
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.75" W x 1.25" (1.30 lbs) 369 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140501
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51222
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
The Society has calculated every aspect of existence--meals, jobs, family, life span, marriage--for its citizens. When Cassia is unexpectedly "matched" with two of her (male) friends, she struggles between a safe, predictable Society life with Xander and the unknown world of passions, choices, and possibly danger in the Outer Provinces with Ky. Condie's dystopian setting is vivid and her story is thought-provoking. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #1)

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well? She's told it was an error, but something once noticed clamors for attention, and now Cassia can't look away. Ky has many secrets, but the most stunning to Cassia is something she never suspected still existed: creativity. As they fall in love, Cassia's eyes are opened to the truth of the Society, and she knows she can no longer blindly follow its dictates. But the Society isn't through with them, and things get much, much uglier. Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing. While the ending is unresolved (the book is first in a trilogy), Cassia's metamorphosis is gripping and satisfying. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 7 Up—In a story that is at once evocative of Lois Lowry's The Giver (Houghton, 1993), George Orwell's 1984, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Condie introduces readers to the "perfect" Society. Cassia Reyes is a model student, daughter, and citizen. How could she not be when the Society has everything planned and functioning perfectly? All of her needs are met: food, shelter, education, career training, and even her future husband are selected by officials who know what is best for each individual by studying statistical data and probable odds. She even knows when she will die, on her 80th birthday, just as the Society dictates. At her Match Banquet she is paired with Xander, her best friend and certainly her soul mate. But when a computer error shows her the face of Ky, an Aberration, instead of Xander, cracks begin to appear in the Society's facade of perfection. A series of events also shakes her dedication to Xander and puts her future in jeopardy. Cassia exhibits some characteristics of Winston Smith and Lenina Crowne in her silent rebellion against societal control and in her illicit friendship with Ky but ultimately, and more satisfyingly, she is more like Lowry's Jonas. Her awakening and development are realistically portrayed, and supporting characters like Cassia's parents and her grandfather add depth to the story. The biggest flaw is that the story is not finished. Fans of the Giver will devour this book and impatiently demand the next installment.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA

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