By-Ally Condie /Realistic- Science Fiction

In the society, the officials make all of the decisions.


In a tightly-controlled society in which young people are "matched" with their life partners at the age of 17, Cassia seems to let others control her life. On her matching day, she is matched with her best friend, Xander Carrow. However, when viewing the information for her Match, the picture of another young man, Ky Markham-an acquaintance outcast at her school, is flashed across the screen. As Cassia attempts to figure out the source of the mishap, she finds herself conflicted about whether her Match is appropriate for her and whether the Society is all that it seems to be.


Cassia (main character)- A 17 year old girl who has always sat back and let others control her life. Cassia is very doubtful she always plays it safe.
"My words never last long. I have to destroy them before anyone sees."

Xander- An attractive 17 year old boy with neatly styled hair, a ferocious jawline, and blue eyes that could pierce into your soul. He is also Cassia's best friend.
"I climb into the dark for you. Are you waiting in the stars for me?"

Ky- The social outcast. Everyone is afraid to talk to him because of his aggressive demeanor.
"In the end you can't always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go."

Setting & Conflict

Matched takes place in a small, guarded dystopia. Some other settings in the book were at Cassia's house, on top of a mountain, in a train, and at Cassia's job.

 Cassia vs. Xander and Ky (man vs. man)- Cassia has to decide which guy she wants to be with.

Cassia vs. Society (man vs. man)- Cassia is struggling to be unique and different in her community because the Officials of the Society are always telling her that her way is wrong.

Story Details

  • *The Officials decide everything.
  • *Everyone has to attend the "Matching Ceremony."
  • *You must keep 3 different colored pills with you at all times (red, blue, and green.)
  • *There are 2 different types of people: those live in and abide by the Society, and the "Abberations" aka the people who get looked down on.


I thought that the theme of the story was that it is okay to be different even when no one else is. The diversity in the world makes us unique.


I felt that the mood of the story was very suspenseful because there was a lot of foreshadowing and every time you turned a page something new was happening.

Why did you like it? Memorable moments?

I enjoyed reading this novel because I love reading realistic fiction that allows me to compare the story to real life situations. I also enjoyed reading this book because I could relate a lot to Cassia (main character) and what she was going through.

A very memorable moment in the book for me was when Cassia went and visited her grandfather in his home one last time before he passed away. It was memorable because they had a very strong connection with each other and that led Cassia into a long period of depression in her life further into the story.

About the Author

Ally Condie is a female American novelist. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Matched Trilogy" and many other books like Atlantia and The Yearbook Trilogy. Ally Condie was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah. She lives with her husband and three children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has 3 siblings, 1 brother named Nic and 2 sisters, Elaine and Hope.


I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading things similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I would also recommend it to people who like to relate things that happen in books to situations in real life.

Why should you read this book?

You should read this novel because it teaches you that you do not have to be the same as others to fit in. It shows that being original is worth more than a copy and that it will help you succeed in life.

"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 of The Forest of Hands.

"Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing."- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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3 years ago

I think you have to have some choice, but not complete choice or it will be a disaster.

3 years ago

No because if it has to be a serious decision then your being restricted to certain decisions taking away freedom. BOOM

3 years ago

I dont think you can because you have to decide to have freedom.

3 years ago

I believe that there can't be freedom without choice because you cannot choose your own decision.

3 years ago

Yes but I think people should know the difference between right and wrong and how to make the right decisions

3 years ago

The serious decision takes away freedom.

3 years ago

No, because you would probably have to to make the choice of freedom.

3 years ago

I think we should be free in general whether we want it or not and I'm stealing your book, but I'll give it back I promise 😍 😘

3 years ago

I do believe there can be freedom without choice.

3 years ago

I dont think that there can be freedom without a choice because you always have to make choices whether you want to or not.