Official TranscriptsJune 21, 2001 AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Oh my gosh Lois Lowry You re actually online 2timeNewbery Sigh Hello, Allie.ACondieHottie It s Ally With a y ACondieHottie I can t believe u forgot Don t u read my letters 2timeNewbery I ve received them, yes.ACondieHottie Ur my favorite author Ur books R so rad ACondieHottie Especially The Giver I love that one It s so aweum ACondieHottie Jonah s world is so neet I want to write a book just like it ACondieHottie I wish The Giver had romance, though My book would have romance ACondieHottie Do u like romance Have u ever been in love ACondieHottie I haven t I wish 2 boys would fight over me That would b awesum ACondieHottie Are u still there 2timeNewbery Yes.ACondieHottie If 2 boys fought over u, which one would u pick ACondieHottie Would u choose the brooding, rebellious, artsy hottie or the gentle, good natured boy you ve known ur entire life ACondieHottie I don t know who I would choose It would b so confusing ACondieHottie Do u ever get confused ACondieHottie Are u still there 2timeNewbery has logged off April 5, 2004 AOL Chatroom AuthorTalkACondieHottie Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 2timeNewbery Hello, Allie.ACondieHottie Ally ACondieHottie I started writing a book 2timeNewbery Good luck with that.ACondieHottie I have a question How do u create tension in a book ACondieHottie I can t seem to create any tension in my book ACondieHottie Do u create tension by setting the story in the future Because The Giver is set in the future, and it is really tense ACondieHottie What if I capitalized random words Does that create tension or uncertainty Maybe that s what they ll do in the Future ACondieHottie Kissing is not Allowed in the Society ACondieHottie lolACondieHottie Are u still there 2timeNewbery has logged off.January 1, 2008 Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Happy New Year Day 2timeNewbery Hi, Amy.ACondieHottie Ally Ally Condie 2timeNewbery Sorry.ACondieHottie I m almost finished with my book, but I keep writing myself into corners ACondieHottie In fact, my book just seems to trundle along happily, nothing much really happening ACondieHottie It s actually kind of boring I ve fallen asleep a couple times while writing it lol ACondieHottie The I try to make things happen, the less action there is Maybe I should just have my characters kiss each other Or long to kiss each other, even though it is not Allowed ACondieHottie Can I tell you something ACondieHottie I really want my book to be just like yours Really good and profound ACondieHottie Don t get me wrong My book is about horny teens, truth, and justice in a repressed society and yours is just about truth and justice in a repressed society So it s different But the same ACondieHottie Because ur a genius and I like ur ideas 2timeNewbery has logged off.May 18, 2010 Yahoo Instant MessengerACondieHottie Eeeeeeeeeeee Ur online 2timeNewbery Hello, Allie.ACondieHottie Ally ACondieHottie Did u receive the ARC of my book, Matched I mailed one 2 u last week 2timeNewbery Yes.ACondieHottie What do u think 2timeNewbery I think you should find yourself a lawyer.ACondieHottie has logged off. Matched drew me in with it s unique summary and beautiful cover, unfortunately that is where my fascination ended.I wanted to like this book actually I wanted to love it, but I didn t I had a very hard time getting though this novel I even had to take a break from it completely, and I only kept reading because of the encouragement from others that had read it, insisting that it would get better It didn t get a whole lot better for me.I guess my biggest problem was that I was bored for most of the novel I was bored with the story, the characters everything Cassia was selfish, and dull I tried to like her, but she never really gave me much reason to Her relationships with Xander and Ky were impassive, I understand that Xander was chosen for her, so there were going to be fireworks every time they touched, but I still didn t even understand their appeal as friends, not just as a romantically involved couple And the obsession with Ky why And that s all that it felt like to me, an obsession I didn t feel or see the energy between them.The Society wasn t explained very well Why is The Society there How did it come to be Why the current precautions Why are there people that live in The Society and others that don t There is a war going on Why Where With who I had questions than anything.I didn t know enough about the characters and the life they were living to really care about them It felt like a very long prologue to another story.The few chapters at the end of the story piqued my interest somewhat, but even then it was tainted with how I had felt through most of the entire novel It was beautifully written but I just couldn t get into it.Still undecided on reading the rest of the trilogy. As seen on The ReadventurerFirst thing first I think Ally Condie owes at least half of her seven figure paycheck to Lois Lowry The entire dystopian world is lifted directly from Lowry s The Giver Almost everything interesting in Matched is very familiar the idea of highly controlled Society the Community in The Giver , the prearranged Matches, uniform clothing, the pills suppressing emotions, predetermination of everyone s life course, euthanized elderly, regulated personal possessions, the precision of the language, the family structure The list goes on and on What Condie adds of her own is too often doesn t make much sense people are not allowed can t write, but they know how to read and operate computers Matches and procreation are controlled but teens can still snog around a bit and what is the sorting job all about, I still have no idea I am not the biggest fan of The Giver our there, but that novel had a horrifying, structured, world hiding behind its simplistic language What hides behind the words of Matched is sheer emptiness And boredom and unoriginality If all borrowed dystopian ideas are stripped away, what is left is a tepid, G rated teen romance affair with an obligatory love triangle and magical love connections Even the male love interests are the same old tired cliches a sweet and loyal best friend type and a mysterious, hurt, emo type quoting poetry Yawn Yawn Yawn Ally Condie s writing is serviceable enough So are the characters No male character requires a restraining order against him, no female a head check for putting up with abusive crap But is this and a pretty cover really a recipe for success these days There is nothing in this novel to get excited over There is no urgency to Condie s writing, no passion Just dull characters, dull relationships, dull conflicts, dull conversationsI can t whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone, it simply doesn t offer anything new or noteworthy But some fans of lukewarm romance driven stories like Birthmarked or Beautiful Creatures might enjoy it I suppose Do I really need to say I am not coming back for P.S Apparently, Disney picked it up for development WHY 1.5 stars Wow That was not what I expected at all What a total snorefest I was prepared to be blown away by the awesomeness hidden in these pages Instead, I was so so disappointed Such a shame, because the idea sounded amazing and I was so excited I was expecting it to be fantastic, but unfortunately, it wasn t Not at all It didn t even come close to fantastic Frankly, it was boring Dull Yawn inducing Every character had less personality than a paper bag My mind kept dwelling while I was reading and it is not supposed to do that, because books are supposed to grip me Damn you, Matched, I told you to make me love you I wish I could give this book points for the setting, but that barely happened I know nothing about the Society or why it became that way, and why they think it s better like that Very little explanation was given Pages and pages were spent on talking about writing in the sand and a compass and poems and how special Ky is I didn t care about any of that I wanted to know about all the Hundred Everythings, why and how it happened I don t understand the sorting or how it works I don t understand why the artifacts had to be taken away or why the maple trees had to be cut I don t understand why everyone follows these ridiculous rules like tame lambs, never questioning anything, always obeying I don t understand anything because she doesn t explain anything because she goes on and on about Ky YES, WE GET IT SHE LOVES KY Look at all the fucks I give. Book ReviewOkay I promised I ll write an in depth review so here it is and I ll try to not put biggie spoilers I m going to use Q A style of reviewing this time What made you pick up the book I actually watched a book trailer in Youtube the link to that vid was way down there somewhere so and yeah I got intrigued by that video and then I go to goodreads and read reviews about it I was a bit shock about the mix reviews, some was positive and some was negative So because of it I think I should read it so I have to know for myself if it s good or not.What are your expectations before reading it I actually have lower expectations since I ve read a couple of negative reviews and they said it was very similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry Honestly I didn t like The Giver I just gave it two stars and at first I thought that maybe I wouldn t like the book but at least I d love to give utopia a second try.What do you love about the book Okay there are many things I love about this book a Writing Style it was prose with a mix of poetry somewhat lyrical so if you adore Maggie Stiefvater s or Carrie Ryan s style of writing you probably would love Ally Condie s style as well.b Cassia the heroine actually the heroine was not annoying and she has a strong voice To be specific, her character at first was a weak one and as the story progresses, her way of thinking changes and it got deeper and deeper She actually got a good character development and she has a lot of epiphanies about her so called perfect society and that s what I love about her Everything around her seems perfect when you look at it superficially but when you try to analyze it deeper there society was perfect but they have no choices, no freedom at all, they re like society s puppets.c The love story at first the love story was idk just a love story, but it has actually implies idk what you call that uhhhm symbolism or whateverso yeah this is what I just think about it Xander vs Kyor this could mean own interpretation folks Conformity vs RebellionKnown vs UnknownPerfection vs ImperfectionLove that was dictated by Society vs Love that was dictated by oneselfd Ky and Cassia s relationship it builds up it actually builds up sorry for the repetition folks So yeah I just wanna rant those other books wherein yeah the boy meets girl or rather the girl meets boy and then baaaaaaam for 5 seconds they freaking love each other like they re soulmates or idk destined for each other gags Come on that was so unrealistic when authors do that, it seems they re too lazy to write the part of you know getting to know each other part of a relationship coughs So yeah that was what I like about this book, I mean yeah whatever idk how to explains it but they actually have that getting to know each other thingy.And idk when I was reading this book I felt like I m not reading it if you know what I mean , I felt like I was existing inside the book Like I was Cassia and I felt all her emotions and I empathize with her problems and I can see her world right into my eyes.So yeah I just felt that while I was reading this, I would definitely pick every choices that Cassia made I know that in my hearts of heart I would fall in love with Ky even though it was forbidden, even though my Society says that Xander was the one I was suppose to marry I mean there s just something about Ky that pulls you into him even if it was dangerous Ky was mysterious and his story was what urge me to know about him just like Cassia Is it that wonderful when you actually was curious to know about a person because of his her imperfection and rather of his her perfection What do you hate about the book a It was unoriginal Actually there s something about this book that screams out Rip off and Plagiarism ever read The Giver and Hunger Games Yeah but I think since this book was in the genre of utopia dystopia, maybe there were just a few things elements that will be always similar like The Political Intrigue Human vs Society Rebellion The Government Society Lied thingy or Your whole life was a lie thingy the protagonist will always have moments of Epiphany on the book Social Manipulation sort of stuff Philosophical and Political morals ideas that would be shove into your throat as the storyline progressesb I felt that the book was idk the term uhhhhm bridge or exposition introduction for the other books I mean in this book there are hints that some people outside the province were actually rebelling and there s like a war blah blah blah But in this book the rebellion was not yet elaborated so I think that will be for the next books to come.c I love it but the ending, I felt that it wasn t an ending at all Idk there are so many questions that are left hanging and I felt that to be able to really judge this book you need to read the whole series and how things will be played out in the end So yeah I need the next book pretty fast What are other books you want to recommend with the same genre Okay so I just list them here, I ll divide dystopia and utopia and will sort of rank them out Dystopia 1 5stars 5stars both 1 star and 5stars 2 5stars 2stars 3 5stars 4 4stars 2stars Utopia 1 5stars 2 2stars 3 2stars Note Weeeeee I just finished Matched and it was AMAZING I want I love Ky Markham btw he kinda reminds me of someone daydream for a moment coughs the guy I fallen in love with in High School coughs Eeeeeeeeeeek, violently shoves someone Yeah and I just want to share a conversation with my classmate here Joyzi Hey I recommend you to read the Hunger Games it was so amazing blah blah blah and I read it like in one sitting cuz I can t put it down and Peeta was so sweet and everything blah blah blah, best book ever blah blahFriend ah okay After a few daysJoyzi Hey have you finished the Hunger Games Friend No I don t want to read it.Joyzi Why Friend I kinda go to wikipedia and I found out it was a violent book, children killing children kinda Joyzi Yeah it was pretty violent Why Don t you wanna read something that has gore on it Friend Sorry friend but violence is not my cuppa So yeah I think I just recommend Matched by Ally Condie to my friend, because this book has zero violence but has an amazing Dystopia theme it was quite similar to the Giver but this one has romance and the writing was breathtakingly beautiful Yeah, idk what else to say, I will have an in depth review of the book on Sunday very nice book trailer here Soo basic storyline being of a society where officials decide every aspect of a person s life from the big stuff as in who they ll marry or be matched with and when they ll die to the little stuff like what they eat, how they dress and their daily routines The story tells how Cassia is matched to a boy but falls for another and suddenly begins to question the rules of the society, heading as she does so straight into a world of secrets and danger Great sounding plot, am I right Too bad it turned out to be rather mediocre in practice.Well, for me this book managed to redeem itself right near the very end and escape being the it s ok marker One of the biggest problems was the hype about this book, I ve been waiting to get my hands on this for ages, just dying to sink my teeth into it after all, dystopian fiction is my one true literary love So, because of this, the disappointment fell even heavier I love the idea but there were just so many things about the story that made me feel it never really took off and reached it s full potential To make my point, I m going to review the novel as two parts first as a dystopian novel, and then as a love story.As I already mentioned, I love dystopian societies and I have done ever since I read Nineteen Eighty Four when I was twelve However, my love for dystopia is concentrated on the high action and or shocking tragedy that define the genre In my opinion, it s hard to feel a great sense of dystopia in Matched Nothing majorly tragic or gripping happens until the last few chapters and by then you ve lost touch with the story and the characters It s slow moving and, though I never thought I d use this phrase in a review, it lacks drama If you compare it to The Handmaid s Tale or Declaration for example, there s none of that built up tension throughout I read these books on the edge of my seat feeling every emotion with the protagonists and even beginning to panic at the peaks of the two novels Matched just never got my blood pressure up, there was no sense of urgency or despair For a long time the society didn t really seem that bad at all Where s the dystopia The action The despair Maybe I m just a twisted individual but the society wasn t bad enough for me.And the love story Because that s the other thing this novel is about Well, the only time I felt any real connection or chemistry between Cassia and Ky was in the last few chapters, I could sense that the author was attempting to build it up slowly but I never latched on to it In fact, for a good while all I did was feel sorry for poor Xander and wish she d just except a life with him and let Ky get on with being mysterious and weird But, it did pull back and the novel ended with me wanting Cassia to go find him There may be hope for this love story yet.The ending was the most commendable part of the novel I d started to think that there would be no point in me buying the second book in the series as the first one had done nothing for me And then the ending left me interested, engrossed and eager to find out It opened up a wider mystery that would have been so much better if the author had built it up by slowly alluding to it throughout the novel, then I wouldn t have been so shocked to find that the book wasn t so terrible overall I will say, though, I loved her Grandad from Cassia s first conversation with him, I found him cute and lovable far intriguing than any other character.I might get the second book because of an unexpected need to find out where the author will take us next I did enjoy parts of it, especially the ending, I m just a strange individual who s into dark dystopia, I have too high expectations of the genre Also, with the girl in that stunning green dress, it will look way too pretty on your bookshelf. Everything in this book is so CLEAN I loved that You have to understand, I had a thing for utopian societies in high school BRAVE NEW WORLD, THIS PERFECT DAY, HARRISON BERGERON oh, yes I ve read them all And what struck me about some of them was that it was supposed to be the perfect, future society, but everyone just seemed so sweaty But not so in the Society Everything is carefully sanitized Clothes are clean, or quickly changed when they are not The world has been cleaned up there are only one hundred poems left, one hundred paintings because too many choices, too many THINGS contributed to the confusion of their ancestors us, in short The world has been streamlined, recycled, and recreated into this sterile perfection, and it fascinated me I loved the fact that Cassia feels like things are spiraling out of control, and they are, for her But she continues to eat her specially prepared meals, continues to go to work and to the school, so the temptation to succumb, to go back to the dreamy calm of no choices and no worries is always there The reader wonders until the last page what will she do Will the Society pull her back in, or will she rebel Her dilemma is artfully done, and there is appeal in both of her choices It was what kept me reading, along with the flawlessness of this serene Society which Ally Condie has created.So, this book has been heavily promoted I should be so lucky as to have PR like this And with that comes the fear that the book itself isn t very good, just the PR team Well, have no fear, my people The book is worth the hype This is 1984 for teens, and it works Also, I myself am not a romance person, particularly when it comes to YA I will admit there have been other books in which my eyes rolled so much I feared they would fall out I loved the romance in this one, I thought it was very natural and very well done.Two thumbs way up for Ally and MATCHED Can t wait for the sequel In the Society, officials decide Who you love Where you work When you die.Cassia has always trusted their choices It s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices between Xander and Ky, between the only life she s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow between perfection and passion Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic. yeah.this is one i might be too old for a lot of people compare this to The Giver, and i get it, in that they are both these forced utopias, but then, so is The Stepford Wives, yeah but since i didn t like the giver, i can t really complain that this was a rip off, because neither of them did very much for me, so i m not going to go waving any flags around in either s defense you are on your own, booksbut if i had to.this one may have been slightly entertaining to me because it was less dated and of course, they both take place in a temporal neverland, so it s not that it is actually dated, but that the ideals of the society just feel shiny chrome in this one but this is a utopia with cracks and they are starting to show and i like that i like reading these dark future novels just for the details to see how they differ and even in the ones i am not in love with, there are always one or two details that make me think oh interesting take on the subject in this version, everyone is beautiful and fit everyone automatically receives their required amount of calories so no one is overweight or enjoys food it is purely fuel, except on v special occasions.books and ideas are stripped down to 100 poems, 100 songs, etc.museums are for unnecessary things like jewelry and trinkets from the pastmarriages are arranged between teenagers to create the most productive pairing offspringeveryone dies at 80.those are the facts, but at the end of the day, it is still a pretty basic love triangle, so yawn.it is frustrating because there seem to be so many opportunuties for rebellion, but no one really takes advantage of that, including the author there are tiny, teen angst rebellions, but they are almost factored into by the society as inveitable, as part of a learning curve i wanted to hear about that, and the ripple effect those had to group dynamics and obedience in adults maybe in the sequel which i will read because even books like this that are only okay have enough page turning ness to keep me interested or maybe i am just a sucker.it s a pretty tame, pretty unchallenging read probably good for those reluctant teen readers, it just doesn t push the YA envelope enough for my old haggard tastes.come to my blog This book is like a long train ride When I first got on I was like, Oh man, look at this train Wow Look at all the people peeping out the windows , looking at the scenery Then, after about 40 pages I was like, You know what This scenery is kind of repetitive I m getting kind of bored Maybe I ll check out the dining car After a little bit longer, I was second guessing my decision to take the train at all and wondering about my sanity level When is this train ride going to be overrrr As I neared the end of my ride, I was sort of getting excited for the final destination, but don t get your hopes up, because it turns out this train ride only ended at a pit stop The train will leave again, probably next year And you know what I m not freaking taking it I ll stick to other modes of transportation note It s not that this was awful it wasn t Two stars means it was ok and that just about sums it up.