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Matched : a utopian society

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Corinne Mahoney

on 11 October 2012

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MATCHED by Allie Condie Things that help the Society run smoothly: Things that complicate how the Society runs: The Officials run the whole society. If you do not follow their rules, you can and will be killed. THE OFFICIALS MAKE ALL THE RULES . . . The Officials have complete control in the society. They own you. Rebellion against the society is not an option. If you even try to rebell, your and your family's memories will be erased, and you will be "relocated," or, to put in reality, kicked out of the Providence and sent to another one. When you turn eighty, you die. The Society claims this is for the best, to prevent the elderly from getting sick with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. But really, it is just cruel. Killing them before they are meant to die? That is just cruel. To assure that people die when they turn 80, the Society poisons that person's food, giving them the biggest dose of poison the day they are to die. This is one of the reasons that people are not allowed to share food in the society and are given their own special portions. Completing an INFRACTION An infraction is something that a person in the Society does that is wrong, or against the law. They can be severely punished for this, the worst case scenario being death or being sent to another providence. In the Society, there are very strict rules. The Hundreds: At the Age of 17, you are "Matched" with someone for the rest of your life.When you are ready, you and your Match can have up to two children. This helps the community not have to deal with heartbreak, divorce, abortion, or any similar problems that may arise. As you age, you are given 3 life-saving tablets, 1 blue, 1 green, and 1 red. When you are 10, you are given the blue tablet. When taken, it can provide you with enough nutrients to survive for a few days without food.
The green tablet is used to calm people down, and you receive this tablet when you are 13. Finally, when you turn 17, you receive your red tablet, which has the power to erase your memory of the past 12 hours (Cassia has to find this out the hard way) and is only to be used when instructed by a Government Official. Everyone is healthy and safe in the community.There are very few injuries, diseases, or viruses. In the Society, the Officials decide. Leadership in The Society: Who you marry. What you eat Where you work When you die WHO YOU ARE WHY? ahhh so cool Hundred Songs Hundred Paintings Hundred Poems Hundred Stories As many years ago, the society was "too cluttered," the Officials narrowed down all of the media, including songs, stories, poems, and paintings. As an end result, there was 100 of everything, no more and no less. The Hundreds seemed like a good idea at the time, but in the story, Cassia is given a poem by her grandfather that is NOT one of the hundred poems. She has a difficult choice to make about just what to do with this illegal document. If she were to get caught with it, she could face punishment worse than death. THEY JUST KEEP COMING!!! Matched: book review. Watch 5min 20 seconds- 6min 15 seconds Author Allie Condie shares a bit about the book Matched and the Society that she has created. VIDEOS LINKS http://www.matched-book.com/society.html http://matchedfacts.tumblr.com/ http://www.thematcheddepartment.com/the-books-2/the-books/ http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=237467 http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2011/12/02/matched-ally-condie-dystopian-holiday/ http://vimeo.com/41870344 Summary of "Matched" Cassia Reyes lives in "The Society." They control her and her community's every move - there is no room for imperfection. Cassia has just turned 17, and she has chosen to be Matched. It is the day of her Matching banquet, and she is matched with her best friend, Xander Carrow. She could not be happier. When Cassia puts her card in the portscreen to find out about her Match, she expects to see Xander's face. But she doesn't. Instead, it is her friend Ky's face that she sees. What is going on? She can't be matched with TWO people. Cassia must make the difficult decision- Will she choose her Match, Xander, or will she follow the other path- her true love for Ky? And can Cassia keep a secret that could get her killed? REVIEWS http://www.amazon.com/Matched-Ally-Condie/dp/0525423648 Condie masterfully presents this not quite dystopian society with enough balance to make it clear how it is both suffocating and entirely warm and safe. There is an earnest, well-intentioned reason behind every creepy action the Society takes that sheds light on the way they attained all-powerful status. Cassia . . . is an excellent narrator, as she is both insider and outsider to the machinations of the Society, the most intruging element of this romance. It is the journey into independence that really changes Cassia in ways that readers will find memorable. -BCCB “Condie’s enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing. While the ending is unresolved (the book is first in a trilogy), Cassia’s metamorphosis is gripping and satisfying.”

—Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review And that's that. Because of these strict rules, it is very easy to accidently step out of line and complete an Infraction. VIDEO LINKS
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