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Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her family outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation.

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Gr 7 Up-In Ally Condie's first title (Dutton, 2010) of a planned trilogy, citizens no longer have the burden of choice-from selecting meals and leisure activities to occupations and life partners, everything is regulated by the Society. Cassia, 17, is so happy the night she is matched with Xander, her best friend. But when she sees Ky's face appear for an instant on the Matching screen, she begins to question everything she believes, despite reassurance that seeing Ky was a glitch in the system. Kate Simses conveys Cassia's confusion and growing love for Ky as well as her determination to somehow make her own choices despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. There are a few jarring notes in this otherwise intriguing world which has clear echoes of George Orwell's 1984. The words police and money aren't mentioned at all until the last quarter of the story, when they suddenly make an appearance and bring those concepts into the Society's more sterile world, which doesn't seem to need money or police. Also, the intermittent music that appears later in the audiobook distracts rather than enhances the building tension. Still, the cliffhanger ending will have teens that enjoy dystopian worlds excitedly awaiting the next installment.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect winter escape." --MTV.com

"Matched introduces a smart young woman attempting to make sense of her dystopic world, a la The Hunger Games. Ally Condie's debut features strong feminist ideals and impressive writing that's bound to captivate." --The Los Angeles Times "[A] superb dystopian romance" --Wall Street Journal "Matched is the hottest YA title since The Hunger Games." --Entertainment Weekly "A Must Read" --Girls Life Magazine "Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "A fierce, unforgettable page-turner." --Kirkus, starred review "The stunning clarity and attention to detail in Condie's Big Brother-like world is a feat." --Booklist "Fans of The Giver will devour this book." --School Library Journal

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