Posted on Nov 26th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Matched

Todays stop on the blog tour takes us to Real Teen Reviews where Ally Condie talks about what her match banquet dress would look like and she even gives us a hint at what could be in store for the sequel!

Posted on Nov 26th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Matched

On today’s blog tour we learn who Ally Condie would choose to play Cassia, Xander and Grandfather over at BloodyBookaholic!

Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Interviews, Matched

YAreads.com recently interviewed Allie Condie about her upcoming book “Matched”. Find out what issues she wanted to highlight, what research she did for the book and more!

***Warning the interview contains slight spoilers***

Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Guest Post, Matched

Brenna Yovanoff recently surrendered her blog to Ally Condie which gave her a chance to talk about Brenna’s book “The Replacement” and to introduce herself to Brenna’s readers. In the posting, she talks about the things she would miss if she was in the Matched world. Head over to Brenna’s blog to read it!

Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Matched

Today is stop seven on the Matched Blog Tour! Eve’s Fan Garden had a chance to interview Ally Condie. Visit their site to see what inspired the story in Matched and what research was done for the book!

Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 by elara
In these categories Book News, Matched

MATCHED debuted at number one on the the Winter 2010/2011 Childrens’ Indie Next List! SO EXCITING! Congratulations, Ally!

The list includes the top ten titles for the winter publishing season. Here is what had to be said about MATCHED:

1. Matched, by Ally Condie
“Yes, it’s dystopian, but Matched is really about a young woman, Cassia, discovering the gift of thinking for herself after growing up under the rules of The Society. When she is matched to her ‘perfect’ mate but finds out that her true match might be a different boy with a mysterious past that The Society is trying to cover up, Cassia begins to question their real intention. I can’t wait for the sequel, and I’m also hoping this will turn some teens on to Dylan Thomas’ poetry.” — Kelly Estep, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY

SOURCE: BOOKWEB.ORG

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2010 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Matched

It’s another blog tour day! We’re up to day 6 now- only 8 more days to go until Matched comes out! Are you all as excited as I am? Head over to the Frenetic Reader and find out what Ally’s artifact would be, what food she would miss and what some of her favorite things right now are!

Posted on Nov 20th, 2010 by elara
In these categories Book News, Matched

MATCHED was among the speculations of Next Movie’s The Next Magical Franchise list. Here is the article and what it has to say about MATCHED.

It was hard enough reaching the end of the “Harry Potter” series in book form. Knowing that the end is nigh for the movies just leaves us feeling a little empty inside.

Well, empty and extremely curious about what big, magical franchise will come out on top in a post-”Potter,” post-”Twilight” world.

As we dry our tears – in some cases, literally – we look into our office crystal ball, consult a few aurors and shuffle our Tarot cards to conjure up seven possible book franchises on the cusp of taking the world by storm.

MATCHED by Ally Condie

The Gist: If “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Giver” had a clever little baby, it would be Condie’s first book in a proposed series of dystopian YA novels. Cassia is a happy, well-adjusted teen living in some undetermined future where mandatory mates are delivered by pictures on digital information cards. It’s only when a glitch flashes the wrong boy’s face that Cassia considers the relative merit of dating options — and therefore questions the whole nature of her world.
Series Status: “Matched,” out Nov. 30, is the first book in a proposed trilogy from Dutton. There’s no news on the release date of the second book.
Movie Status: Disney beat out Paramount in a recent bidding war over the rights to this love triangle of the future.

SOURCE: Next Movie

Posted on Nov 20th, 2010 by elara
In these categories Book News, Interviews, Matched


SOURCE: YouTube

TRANSCRIPTION:

Hi, my name is Ally Condie and I’m the author of the book MATCHED.

There’s a girl named Cassia, she’s turning seventeen. The world that Cassia lives in is completely controlled. As far as money goes, there is none. You have nothing to trade, nothing to offer except your work experience so they very carefully select you and pick your job too. Your clothes are all the same, you eat the same thing, they bring your food to you, you don’t prepare it yourself. You go where they tell you to go, when you have free time it’s assigned, and you have several options to choose from. But really, there are very limited choices in every aspect. On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia is Matched with a boy. She doesn’t know who that boy will be, because usually it’s just the perfect match for her and usually that’s someone who falls outside of her sphere of knowledge. It’s not someone she knows. But as she goes to the banquet all dressed up for the first time in a long time, they don’t usually get to wear fancy clothes or eat really good food, she finds that she is actually matched with someone she knows, her best friend, someone she likes very much. But then later when she goes to find out more about this boy and to learn more about their Match, she puts the card in the screen and a different boys face comes up and so from then on it kind of becomes “Well, who IS my perfect Match? Who DOES the Society want me to be with? Does that even matter? Who do I want to be with?”

I think dystopia is really fun to read about because it has both elements of the familiar and the unfamiliar. There’s a lot of things we can relate to because it’s usually a society that’s based on either our society or the destruction of our society, so there are elements that feel the same. But there’s also a newness about dystopia and kind of a world building feeling that’s fun to read.

Posted on Nov 19th, 2010 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Matched

Day five of the blog tour takes us over to SuperReaderGirl, head on over to see what quote gives Ally Condie courage!