Introducing a rare new talent and almost certainly one of the biggest Young Adult debuts of the year this is the first in an utterly compelling, visionary and imaginative series that is set to be a sensation. The book is already an international phenomenon with rights being sold in a fierce bidding war at auction in over twenty eight languages. Film rights have been snapped up by Disney. Set against the backdrop of a near-future society that prompts difficult questions about our own, it cleverly combines a completely page-turning plot with a devastating romance and it will leave you desperate to learn the fate of the star-crossed lovers. In a nutshell, Matched marks a new trend in teen publishing for dystopian fiction. Think Never Let Me Go meets The Handmaid's Tale for the iPod generation.
Here’s a special message from Ally:
"As a high-school English teacher, I once chaperoned high-school dances to make a little extra cash. One of the experiences I will never forget is the time I chaperoned Prom. Held at the city’s courthouse, a beautiful old building full of stone columns and smooth marble, the dance was the most anticipated event of the school year for many. It was a glittering, promise-filled night. You could almost hear them thinking, what happens next? Later, when I had the idea for Matched, this scene came back to me. All the lovely girls, all the handsome boys, everyone poised on the edge of the steps waiting for their names to be called, right on the brink of their adult lives. In Matched, Cassia also attends a similar event – her Match Banquet – but the stakes are even higher. In her world, the Society chooses who she marries, where she lives, and when she dies. And it all begins at the Banquet. I hope you will join Cassia on her journey as she discovers what happens next."
On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society Officials dictate he is her perfect partner for life as they decide who people love, how many children they have, where they work and when they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own…with devastating consequences.
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Visit www.matched-book.com for all the latest news and updates about this fantastic series and to see who Society Officials have matched you with.
‘Matched is written with the soul of a poet. Finally a brave new world that readers from Twilight to The Hunger Games will claim as their own’ - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures
Publication date: 02/06/2011
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd June 2011|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
Ally Condie is the author of the international bestseller MATCHED, and its sequel, CROSSED. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten, named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010, selected as the #1 Pick on the Winter Kid’s Indie Next List, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. In a starred review for the sequel, CROSSED, Kirkus called the Matched series an “addictive, layered dystopic trilogy.” A former English teacher (who still keeps her license current, just in case!), ...More About Ally Condie