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Matched (trilogy) by Ally Condie

Book Summary

The book opens with Cassia's match banquet.  At the age of seventeen, citizens who do not plan to be Singles attend an elaborate ceremony in which they are matched to a partner by the Society.  After Cassia's match is announced, there is a glitch that makes her question everything about her life . . . should she follow the Society's plan and accept that they know best? Or is there something better out there, something that would make her so happy it would be worth rejecting all the rules she's ever known?

Crossed book cover
Matched book cover
Reached book cover

The next two books in the trilogy are Crossed and Reached.

Book Review

 This book combines the best elements of books like The Hunger Games and The Giver. It offers a wealth of good discussion topics. There are places where Cassia's character is a bit self-indulgent, but it makes her highly relatable to the target audience.  Although a love triangle propels most of the story, Cassia's other relationships - particularly with her grandfather - are interesting and worthwhile. 

Class Structure Recommendation:  Independent Reading

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Is there any way to make the words last? If only we still knew how to write instead of just type things into our scribes. Then I could write them down again someday. Then I might be able to have them when I am old."
p. 122

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Poverty, Class Systems, Equity
  • Family Traditions; Relationships
  • Dystopian Societies
  • Growing Up; Rites of Passage
  • Challenging Authority
  • Safety vs. Risk

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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