Lots of Links from Ally Condie

If you didn’t know, REACHED has been doing increasingly well since being released just about 2 weeks ago. Ally Condie, our awesome author, took to her blog to post some links to articles, reviews, etc. Check them out below!

In case you missed it MTV.com posted the official Reached playlist!

Amazon has named REACHED as one of the best books of 2012 for Kids and Teens. It’s currently #1 on the list!

Entertainment Weekly posted a review of Reached.

“There’s no shame in crying at the end.”

There will also be an interview with Ally in the November 23rd issue of the magazine (the one with Star Wars on the cover).

USA Today featured an article on the series.

 Author Ally Condie says a “casual conversation about marriage” with her husband, an economics professor at Brigham Young University, triggered the most popular series of books for teens since The Hunger Games.

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, mentioned Reached in a tweet and on a Tumblr blog post (Ally mentioned that she’s a fan of his work).

 

Seventeen and Just Jared Jr. both chose REACHED as their book club pick.

We could never imagine our free will being taken away or having our lives pre-planned for us or having arranged marriages come back into style.
-JJJ

Penguin Teen (publisher of the series) did an author spotlight of Ally.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I like the endings of each of the books in the series. It’s fun to take a character to a specific point in their journey and have that sense of arrival…and also that something new might be on the horizon for them.

Also, just a reminder, Ally is on a book tour for REACHED right now. Check out the schedule here to see if she’ll be in your city soon.

Make sure to check out Ally’s blog posts here for her personal and book-related updates!

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Celebrate Reached with The Fandom’s Matched Swag Giveaway!

The Fandom has thrilled to be giving away some amazing Matched swag to celebrate the release of the penultimate book of the trilogy, Reached, out 11/13/12!

If you’ve not yet ordered Reached, click here to do so!

We’ll be giving three lucky fans a Matched Trilogy pin and poster set! A fourth fan will receive a poster!

This contest is international. Just click the photo below to get started! We’ll be contacting the winners this Saturday, November 17, so please check your emails at that time!

Matched Trilogy Poster Crossed Reached Ally Condie

Click this photo to enter the contest!

REACHED Challenge: Share Your Artifact!

Did you know that the Matched Trilogy has its own Pinterest board filled with “artifacts” you might see in the series?

Now, Penguin Teen is challenge fans to pick their favorite artifact and make it their own! Here’s how:

  1. Pick an artifact from the Matched Trilogy Pinterest board
  2. Write a short story about that artifact that is no more than 400 words in length
  3. Post the photo of the artifact and your story on your blog, Tumblr, Facebook, etc to spread the love!

Here’s our take on one of the items, which turned out as a mini-fanfic from Cassia’s POV:

Matched Trilogy Artifact Challenge

The concept was as beautiful as it was dangerous: metal scissors in the shape of a bird, its beak poised to cut through the silence. It opened with a slight creak and closed with a gentle snipping sound, creating a new song for a new life. A birdsong that dared us to glide away from the ideals of the Society, to create our own way of thinking.

I knew as I cut into the paper, pouring my soul and my passions into each dip and curve of the design, that I could be that bird. I could fly into the night and leave the Society and the Rising behind me, if only I could take the people I love with me. I realize know how we might survive on our own, free of the power struggle between two groups of strangers that are neither friend nor enemy. Together, who knows what new things we could create?

If you create a story of your own based on the artifacts, be sure to link to it in our comments!

Cross Over to Crossed!

With just 19 days until the release of Reached, The Rising asks that all rebels remind themselves of their origins by reading or re-reading Crossed, the second novel in the Matched Trilogy!

If you’ve fallen behind in your reading or just want a refresher course, there’s two steps The Rising suggests you take. First, watched the Crossed book trailer:

Second, read a Scribd sample of Crossed to get started:

We’d also like to take this time to announce that The Fandom, as part of Penguin Teen’s Silk and Paper Campaign, will be giving away some great Matched swag starting November 1st! Be prepared!

Reached Teaser Quotes for the Week of 10/15

This week, the official Matched Facebook page has released a teaser quote from Reached each day for the week, a new tradition they’ll be carrying on until the book’s release on November 13th!

Be sure to follow the Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie on Facebook to see the quotes daily, but in the meantime, here’s the roundup for the week!

“Every morning, the sun comes up and turns the earth red, and I think: This could be the day when everything changes.” – page 1

“On the outside, I’m a Society girl wearing plainclothes. But underneath, I have silk and paper against my skin.” – page 17

“We’re not supposed to tell each other where our assignments are, but I lean closer, so close that I can see the dark blue flecks in the light pools of Indie’s eyes.” – page 38

“’Don’t be,’ I said, teasing her. ‘We’ll be together when we celebrate our Contract.’” – page 46

“Some part of me, some hope and belief in what I am, dissolves and disappears.” – page 56

“Indie and I turn to look at each other. She was right, but there’s no triumph in her expression.” – page 71

“I scrub my hands and take one of the tubes from the cases. Next to me, a nurse does the same.” – page 86

Get MATCHED Challenge

Want to join The Silk & Paper Campaign and spread the word about The Rising? The Pilot asks that all persons looking to join The Rising research Cassia Reye’s first seeds of rebellion laid down in Matched!

If you don’t have a copy of Matched, get one today and refresh your memory with this Scribd sample!

Keep watching our weekly Silk & Paper Campaign challenges to see how you can win some awesome Matched Trilogy swag!

Reached Countdown Widget Challenge

Reached Book Cover Matched Trilogy

Reached Book Cover

Welcome to the Rising!

A select number of websites are working against the Society as traders, bring you rebellious members of the Society weekly challenges until the release of REACHED just 42 days from now! Keep up with all of our promotion and you’ll find a chance to win cool Matched Trilogy swag!

This week’s challenge: Add the Reached Countdown Widget to your blog or website!

While we had some coding difficulties that prevent us from adding the widget to this subsite, you’ll notice that we’ve added it into The Fandom mainframe! It’s as easy as copying and pasting the code, so join us!

CLICK HERE TO GET THE REACHED COUNTDOWN WIDGET!

Once you’ve added the widget, comment with a link so you can show it off to the world!