cover artBibliographic Information
Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
ISBN:
Paperback: 978-0142419779
Publisher:Speak, An Imprint of the Penguin Group (USA)
Copyright: 2010

Book Details
Jacket Design: Irene Vandervoort
Font: Minister light
Jacket Art & Illustrator:
Formats: Hardcover
Paperback
Kindle
Audio CD
Audible
Page Count: 400 p.

Awards:
#1 New York Times and International Best Seller.                
YALSA 2011 Teen Top Ten                                                                     PW Best Children’s Books of 2010.

Plot Summary
Love. Work. Die. The government determines these things. At seventeen you receive the government’s best match for you, “Cassia Reyes, the Society is pleased to present you with your Match.” She ends up being matched with her best friend, Xander Thomas Carrow. But when she views her microcard she find another face, that of Ky Markham, another friend of Cassia’s. Having two matches means she is an aberration – someone who will never be matched. But Cassie begins to fall in love with Ky during the summer, yet still Xander remains. Cassia has to face choices between being perfect or having passion.

Critical Evaluation
Matched is the first book in the Matched trilogy that continues with the books Crossed and Reached. It is a dystopian series full of romance within the confines of a totalitarian government. Cassia, with her strong feminist views, functions as narrator describing the Society from inside and out. Pulled from a slush pile, the writing is highly acclaimed.

Reader’s Annotation
At seventeen you receive a match for your life partner, but the microcard has two faces and you begin to fall for one of them. Can you meet the requirements of the government and partner with the other one or must you rebel to have the passion you want?

Information about the Author
Ally Condie is a former English teacher, that lives with her husband and four children in the Salt Lake City area.  She grew up in the Red Rocks area of Utah and has used that landscape to develop the environments in her books

She was initially published by hard work sending out many many query letters and was eventually found in a slush pile.

Genre
Fiction: Fantasy – Dystopian Romance

Curriculum Ties
Dystopian: 1984, The Giver, Matched

Booktalking ideas
What makes a great dystopian read.
Use of color in the Matched trilogy.

Reading Level/Interest Age
Interest Level: Grades 7 and up

Challenge Issues
Dystopian

References
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaeNWL8rlBI

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