Is a weekly feature here at The Hopeful Heroine where I give short and sweet reviews of books I’ve read. I don’t always have the time to sit down and do a full review for every book I read, but I still want to share my thoughts! Plus, many of these reviews are of books I read prior to staring up the blog and wish to share with you!
Up this week
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Matched by Ally Condie
"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate...until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it is a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow." source: Goodreads synopsis
Review: Out of all the dystopian literature I have read over the last eighteen months, the Matched series is one of my favorites. This was such a different novel than Hunger Games or Divergent–there isn’t a lot of action but the Society and dystopian elements were so intriguing! I think I enjoyed this first book in the trilogy so much because it is very reminiscent of The Giver (my review) which is my favorite dystopian/sci-fi novel EVER.
I also very much enjoyed how Matched was a romance novel, and the whole concept behind life in the Society. Honestly, there were so many elements in this Society that reminded me of the way our society is going–freaky! Plus, Condie uses classic poetry as inspiration for the rebellion and other plot elements which gives the novel depth. It’s definitely a dystopian novel that makes you think, and lots of conversation can be pulled out of the pages. Highly recommended for fun reading or even classroom teaching!
Published | Publisher: November 30th, 2010 | Dutton Juvenile
Age Group | Genre: YA | Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Romance
Frindle by Andrew Clements
"In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by the Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander--who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, Cassia's heart--change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted that ever." Source: Goodreads' synopsis
Review: Sadly, I felt that Crossed didn’t quite live up to Matched. I felt it had the typical second-book-in-a-trilogy-syndrome—> placeholder. I was often distracted from the plot because it seemed filled with a lot of action that was just moving the book along. I found myself confused at times, and at other times simply asking, “why is this needed again?” Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and I recommend it… it just didn’t live up to the expectation I had. However, I really did enjoy getting Ky’s perspective this time and the use of double POV. Crossed also got into the biological/scienc-y part of the plot more, and even though I’m not a science nerd, I found it interesting. I do recommend this book for a good read but beware… the ending will leave you hanging!
Published | Publisher: November 1st, 2011 | Dutton Juvenile
Age Group | Genre: YA | Dystopian, Sci-fi, Romance