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.
- *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.