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  • Hardcover: 1322 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books; Box edition (13 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525426264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525426264
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 11.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ally Condie ( received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and upstate New York. She lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BekahCat on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Condie writes in a way that draws the reader in, her characters are relatable and the Society she has created is something that can be understood but not liked. Cassia, Ky and Xander are wonderful characters with a depth that develops throughout the trilogy.
The Matched Trilogy is full of twists that keep you on your toes, you have to keep thinking and wondering what might happen next.
She builds tension well and you can feel the strain Cassia feels at times. You can also feel the love she has for her friends and family and the disdain she begins to feel towards the Officials.
I also love how Condie was able to tie in the beautiful poetry from Dylan Thomas and other wonderful poets.
It was a story I just couldn't put down.

Reading Matched I struggled to have any feelings for Xander but as his character develops through the books I was able to sympathise with how he felt. All of Condie's characters develop well through this trilogy. Some of this trilogy seemed somewhat slow paced but that was easily made up in the faster paced, tension fuelled scenes.

Condie's writing flows well throughout the books, it has a very poetic feel to it, I found this series gripping and exciting.
I love her design of this dystopian future. We don't know what happened to the world to create this Society but that doesn't matter. The people in the Society aren't outright oppressed or in danger, they honestly don't know any better, but as readers we know that it is not as perfect a world as the Society would have its citizens believe. We can see that Condie's Society is not one of progression it is stagnant and unmoving; as though the Officials are scared of development and change. Humanity cannot live this long without creativity or change.

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Hearing great reviews about these books from friends I was highly encouraged to read this series. Loving the whole dystopian genre, I plunged straight into the idea of having your life controlled for you from birth. The Matched trilogy focuses on the main character of Cassia who lives in a "perfect" world where everything is decided by the Society. Even when she reaches the age to be matched, the many factorials are carefully sorted for optimal results. When a glitch in the seemingly perfect system appears, it leaves Cassia to wonder if the Society really is all it has been built up to be. She meets Ky, an outcast aberration, whom she has confusing and romantic feelings for, even though she has been matched with her childhood best friend, Xander. She soon decides she wants to make her own choices for what she can and can't do. Being a novel focused mainly on romance I was skeptical at first but I was assured by friends that there was the subtle undertone of the love triangle. I'm not afraid of romance type books but this one really pushed it a bit far for me. The character of Cassia seemed to really get on my nerves after a while and it seemed that every other thing she did in the story line was predictable after the first book. The ending of 'Reached' for me was not really adequate for me and I would have liked something a bit more substantial. HOWEVER, it may seem as if I'm slandering off this series but don't fret. I do have good things to say about this trilogy. The idea was played very well in these novels and the world building was spectacular and really reflects Ally Condie's writing style which is really good. Overall this serious was really good but definitely overplayed the romantic vibes, but perhaps that's just me being a guy.
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By Gemma Pennie on 4 May 2015
Format: Hardcover
A well-written, enjoyable read....but!
I didn't buy into it. There was nothing likeable about the main characters and I certainly didn't invest in the love story. I was rooting for Xander until the end. Ky, the supposed hero to Cassia's heroine was useless and boring. I didn't care enough about the characters who died either.
Crossed was my least favourite, there was a definite lagging. The decisions made by characters were silly and got annoying and boring.
I've read all the usual suspects of YA dystopian fiction and have to say this was my least favourite. Had I not bought all 3 at once, I may never have bothered reading Crossed or Reached after finishing Matched.
I stuck with it to the end, hoping there'd be a twist or something to engage me but the last few chapters of the final book were predictable and so "happily ever after..." that I skimmed over it. Leaving Ky 'still' would have made for a much more interesting read, and something for the reader to actually become emotionally involved in. In the end the dead-weight and burden on everyone's shoulders was cured thanks to the real hero of the story - Xander.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Addictive Reading 7 Dec. 2012
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(My wife's review). This is a series tailor-made for Hunger Games readers. Romance and action in a Big Brother society, and I'm not giving anything away to tell you that it starts with a teen girl, Cassia, who is shown her expected marriage match but for a brief second another boy's face appears on the screen. Hmmm... The story builds from there, each book adding a new layer and new voices to the narrative. Addictive reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It was good, bad, beautiful and ugly all thrown together 24 July 2013
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**possible spoilers here and there**

Book 1-Matched- I really liked the start to this trilogy. It gave a great set up to how life has turned out some time into the future and it gave me a true sense of suffocation. I know that the characters in the book didn't feel that way for the most part because that's what they grew up knowing. But the author did a great job at making me feel what it would be like to live in that situation. Matched was the background and build up book. It gave the basic background for how this lifestyle came to be and it was a perfect subtle build up for what's about to come. How even in a seemingly perfect society nothing is truly as perfect as it seems. And how in a way living this way seemed more terrifying than living in chaos.

Book 2- Crossed- I liked the adventure in this book and Cassia's slow discovery of the world outside her world. In her eyes everything she was seeing was so new, breathtaking and terrifying at times and I enjoyed the discoveries and endured the sadness right along with her. In this book you start to see the true colors of the Society and the Rising and neither one gives a great impression. You see how the Society is quick to try and extinguish anything that doesn't fit perfectly into their tiny, shinny bubble and it's a terrifying thought to think that at any moment they could deem one of your actions unsuitable for the society and have you shipped off to God knows where to fend for yourself without batting an eye. The Rising wasn't much better. They seemed to trust very few people and felt just as controlling an manipulative as the Society.
This book is also where I started to dislike the series a little. I read somewhere that the authors favorite character to write was Indie...and it was painfully obvious. I hate when authors make it obvious. I know each one has a favorite to write about but never have I seen one so open about it in their books. I got a little tired of all the characters talking about how beautiful and amazing she was. I mean, she's a secondary character and I feel like the focus was on her entirely too much as far as the "romance" portion of this book is concerned. And Cassia was too quick to give Indie credit for a lot of things when she should have been giving it to herself. Cassia didn't grow up the way Indie did so why should she automatically know the things Indie knew. The world that Cassia was thrust into in this book was a complete 180 from what she was used to and she fought and she survived. I don't really feel like she was given her dues for what she accomplished no matter how little of an accomplishment it may have been in Indie and Ky's eyes.

Book 3- Reached- This was my least favorite book of the trilogy. Back to the whole romance thing for a moment (and I yes I know that's not the whole point of the book but since it was in there I'm going to talk about it) I didn't really feel a "love connection" between Ky and Cassia. If anything I felt like he was in love with Indie (barf). Every time they were together in a chapter he would once again talk about how beautiful and amazing she was...things he hardly ever said about the girl he was actually supposed to be in love with. The only thing he would really say about Cassia is that he missed her and flash back to a kiss or a moment they shared. I never knew why he loved her, why he missed her especially when he was all the time staring at and praising Indie.
Now that I did my romance rant...back to the meat of the story. most of this book was spent looking for a cure for the virus. I didn't get a lot of Xander's medical chit chat in his POV chapters and so I skimmed a lot of his stuff. I'm not a science person at all so maybe I just needed it dumbed down a little for me. Xander was a pretty boring character until closer to the end of the book when he finally started to progress and transform. I could really see his growth which is more than I can say for Ky or Cassia.
Cassia changed only in the sense that she knew what the world was really like now. She knew the truth for the most part. Ky seemed to always want to stay out of everything on every side and just let the chips fall where they may (while talking about how beautiful and amazing Indie was).
I was REALLY disappointed in the reveal of the Pilot. He was talked about all the time and I thought it was going to be some shocker or one of those "omg" moments you get in some books...but nope. He was just a nobody that knew how to fly well and helped rescue people and earned his spot as the pilot *yawn*.
I could really nitpick at a lot of things in book 3 and if I gave it an individual rating it would only be 2 stars. Thank goodness the 1st 2 books were good and somewhat helped makeup for a blah 3rd book.
All in all, I've told my friends about these books (not exactly recommended them) but told them that if they have nothing else to read then these would be good.
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Very good story/books 30 Nov. 2012
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I read a part of the first book before and when I saw this on a lightening deal I had to grab it. 3 hard cover books for less than $10 each. If you liked "Twilight" or the "Hunger Games", I really think you would like this story. I would also like to recommend "The Giver" as I think it is similar to that as well.

***Update 3/12/13***

I just got done the first book. The first book starts out slow but those last few chapters will have you racing through the pages. If you like any of the above books that I mentioned, at least read the whole first book before you decide if you like it or not. Will update when I am finished reading the 2nd and 3rd book as well.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Awesome trilogy... 6 Feb. 2013
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I bought these books for my niece's 15th birthday gift and thought I'd read the first book to make sure the contect was appropriate for her. Little did I know I'd fall in love with the characters and couldn't put the books down! My neice is going to love them and now we'll have something else to talk about. Can't wait for the movies to come out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Incredible Trilogy! 2 Jan. 2013
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I've been hearing about these books for some time now, so I bought the box set. Wow! These books are amazing! It takes place in a dystopian society where the government predicts and controls everything in your life.

The trilogy is about Cassia trying to help take the government down so that she can be with a society outcast instead of the boy the government picked for her. Through many adventures, journeys, and plot twists, the main characters grow and develop, as well as change the world they live in without hardly any blood or violence, setting this book apart from most other Dystopian novels out there.

Although I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, these books were able to pull it off. Condie writes from all three characters views, giving you insight into the thoughts and motives of the main characters, helping you understand them better and make them real and lifelike. She does all this, and keeps the romance between them at a good level, making this book appropriate for younger teens as well as her older audience.

Each book adds a new layer to Cassia's story and keeps you hooked until the end. I would definitely recommend this book to any Hunger Games or Divergent fan, as well as any teen or young adult looking for an quick, exciting read.
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