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Q: What inspired you to write Matched?
A: Matched was inspired by several experiences—specific ones, like a conversation with my husband and chaperoning a high school prom—and general ones, like falling in love and becoming a parent.
Q: How do you think Matched differs from other dystopian novels?
A: I think it’s different in that it’s perhaps less action-oriented and more introspective. This is really the story of one girl, Cassia, learning to choose.
Q: The cover for Matched is so eye-catching and mysterious. What does the image represent to you?
A: I cannot imagine a more perfect cover for this book. To me, the image is a clear representation of Cassia, the main character, and the way she is trapped in her world. It’s kind of a lovely world—the bubble is beautiful—but it’s confining nonetheless. And, of course, the color green is very important to the book. I’m just so thrilled about this cover. Theresa Evangelista, the designer, and Samantha Aide, the photographer and model, are incredibly talented.
Q: In Matched, each member of the Society is not only assigned a spouse, they’re also assigned a job, and Cassia, your main character, is a data sorter. If you lived in the Society, what job do you think you’d have?
A: I would definitely not be a data sorter. I am terrible with numbers and patterns. I think I would probably be a teacher or instructor. Or maybe one of the people did a mundane task, like dishwashing. I have a feeling that I wouldn’t fare very well in the Society.
Q: Dylan Thomas’ classic poem, “Do Not Go Gentle,” is part of a theme that you’ve woven throughout Matched. Do you remember when you first came across this poem? What made you decide to use it in your novel?
A: I don’t remember when I first read this poem, which is pretty embarrassing. But I do remember the first time I heard a recording of the author reading it. I remember feeling almost reverent, and paying close attention to how he said the words and went through the lines. This poem came to mind almost immediately when I started writing the book. It’s probably the most universal poem I’ve ever encountered. The first line alone resonates immediately with almost everyone.
Q: What do you like about writing for teenagers?
A: Everything. I like talking with teenagers themselves about books. I like trying to capture the teenage voice. And I like writing about teenagers because they have SO MUCH happening in their lives, and they are passionate about those things.
Q: What were some of the books you loved as a teen? Did any of these books influence Matched at all?
A: I loved (and still do) Anne Tyler and Wallace Stegner. I remember being introduced to those authors in ninth grade and being floored by the beauty of their writing. I also loved anything by Agatha Christie. I think these books did influence me—not in any concrete, specific way, but in that I wanted to write a story about a character worth caring about even though/because of the fact that she is flawed and human.
Q: What would you like your readers to take away from the experience of reading Matched?
A: I hope they can take away whatever they need from the story. I hope there is something there for a reader--whether it’s relating to a character or reading a scene that feels true or anything else.
Q: Will there be more books featuring Cassia, or set in the world of Matched?
A: Yes! There will be two more books in the Matched trilogy.
Easy mindless fiction. I like the story line- it's almost believable- in a hundred years or so ! Eggs eggsPublished 2 hours ago by chickenpants
I have to say i was a little let down with this one. Personally i thought it was slow and boring. Had high expectations from the press reviews on the inside cover and was let down. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Dawna Peardon
so i have gone on imbd and it seems they are making a matched movie excited? i am! Hope everyone is now really happy! Love this boookPublished 3 days ago by Pamela J Webb
As a lover of YA literature and Dystopian novels, I felt that Matched really fell flat. Certain parts seemed like they were pulled from The Giver, which was disappointing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by merryberry
It is a story about forbidden love that burns deep and a world where everything is controlled beyond reason and rules that should not be there they choose for you and think they... Read morePublished 14 days ago by B. van Duzer
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I've been trying to find the words to describe this tale and, unusual for me, I can't. Read more
This book had great potential and great ideas, but it completely fell flat, and it quite literally put me to sleep on more than one occasion. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Haley
Futuristic and mysterious. Pills that you have to carry around all the time? Suspicious, Thrown out of town for being "different"? Wrong on so many levels. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Michelle Carrell