The third and final book in Ally Condie’s MATCHED trilogy will soon be available in paperback!
REACHED will be released in paperback on November 19! You can pre-order your copy now via Amazon at a 40% discount!
To celebrate, Ally Condie will be making her first book tour stop in New Mexico!
Ally Condie announced via Twitter that Matched has won the California Young Reader Medal in the Young Adult category!
The Young Adult CYRM is based on nominations and votes from teens in Grades 9 through 12.
Matched beat out Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures as well as Dana Reinhardt’s The Things a Brother Knows to win the prestigious award!
Matched author Ally Condie has a couple of great events coming up!
First, she’ll be speaking and signing at the Boise Public Library in Boise, Idaho on August 15th! The event will begin at 2pm and is free to all visitors.
Ally will also be featured at YALL Fest 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina on November 9th! The event, held annually by fellow authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, is a celebration of Young Adult literature featuring 50 top authors, 25 of which are New York Times Bestsellers (including Ally!)
Most panels are free, however there is a $7 fee to attend the Keynote Speaker event and a $6 fee to see the infamous Author Smackdown challenge. You can buy those tickets here.
Ally Condie’s panels at YALLFEST will not be announced until late October.
We already let you know that Ally Condie will be at San Diego Comic-Con International this year to discuss “the delicate balance between kissing and killing” for young female protagonists with other top notch female authors, but there’s more!
Ally will also be taking part in a signing at the conclusion of the panel from 12:30pm to 1:30pm!
If you’re attending SDCC, you can check out all of the details, as well as RSVP for the event, HERE!
Popular entertainment website Buzzfeed recently released its list of the 15 Books Series To Read If You Enjoyed “The Hunger Games” and Matched earned itself a cozy little spot at #3 on the list!
Why you should read it: In this perfect world, the government dictates what you eat, how much you exercise, and matches you to the most compatible mate. But when Cassia is accidentally matched with two people, she falls in love with the unexpected choice and learns about the dirty secrets of her society.
Fun fact: Condie got the idea for Matched when her husband asked, “What if someone wrote the perfect algorithm for lining people up, and the government used it to decide who you married, when you married, etc.?”
Ally Condie will be attend San Diego Comic-Con International this year to discuss what it takes to create a young adult heroine who loves as fiercely as she fights!
Sherri Smith, who will be hosting the panel, posted all the information on her website:
When Grrls Fall in Love
Saturday, 7/20/13 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
From The Hunger Games’ Katniss to Divergent’s Tris, no one knows how to give a solid ass-kicking like a young adult novel heroine. But when these young ladies aren’t saving the world, overthrowing powerful regimes, or slaying everything from zombies to dragons, they still find time for romance. Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), and Veronica Wolff (The Watchers) discuss the delicate balance between killing and kissing, and what it takes to properly woo a YA heroine.
Let us know if you’ll be attending! Be sure to send us any photos or video if you do!
Ally Condie has hit Twitter to thank her German fans for the huge success of REACHED– aka DIE ANKUNFT– in their nation!
Die Ankunft is currently #3 on Der Spiegel’s German Bestseller List. This includes all hardcover books, not just Young Adult series! Last week it was at #2!
To show just how hyped up the books were right now, German Matched Trilogy fan Emmy Neal sent Ally this picture from her local train station:
If you’ve not read Reached yet, this post contains minor spoilers!
Ally Condie posted a picture of her own “mud bird”, as created by her friend Brook Andreoli:
On her blog, Allysaid:
I’ll keep this quite spoiler-free, but basically it’s a scene where a girl makes a bird out of some materials (one of those materials is mud, and one is glass). It’s a scene about creation and making something out of what you have.
I’m working on a new mud bird right now. Several of them, actually, and boy, are my hands dirty. And I am certainly getting lots of little cuts as I work with what I have and try to repurpose new things. I’m not just talking about writing projects (though I do have some of those!). Creation can be exhilarating. It can also be painful.
Ally Condie is the subject of a fun new profile in The Washington Examiner written by the Associated Press that discussed the success of the Matched Trilogy, but also pays homage to how the best-selling author made her way into the business:
So, with three best-selling books in three years, it appears that Condie, 34, has just suddenly hit the jackpot. In an interview before a recent program for teens in Bethesda, however, Condie is quick to correct the record, noting that she earlier had published five novels for teens with a small, religious-focused publisher, Deseret Book Company in her home state of Utah, before even beginning “Matched.”
In fact, Condie now credits those early novels as a type of apprenticeship that gave her the skills to eventually write her best-selling trilogy.
“The editors there [at Deseret Book] were the first ones to see some promise in me, and I’m grateful,” Condie added.
Read the full profile here!
Ally Condie recently spoke to Amazon.com’s book blog Omnivoracious all about the Matched Trilogy, writing, and reading! Check it out!