Earlier this year, I read Matched, the first in a trilogy of books about a future society where marriage is arranged by “society” and in the instance of Cassia, who is matched with her life-long BFF Xander, a rare mistake is made in her match. Cassia is mistakenly matched with another boy she knows, Ky Markham, but the mistake is corrected and she is matched with Xander. Cassia should be happy, but of course instead, she falls in love with Ky. And at the end of the story (SPOILER), when Ky is taken away from Cassia by society and she decides to risk everything — her family, her match with Xander, and her status as a citizen — to find him.
I didn’t love Matched, but didn’t think it was a terrible story. I assumed I would feel the same way about Crossed, but boy, was I wrong. I could barely get to the end of Crossed, and really, could have cared less what happened to any of the characters (except for young Eli) by the end.
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CBR III Review #128: Crossed by Allie Condie
My initial review of Matched was a bit mixed. I liked where parts of the novel went but I was hoping the would develop the world a bit more. The sequel Crossed was a really long ass camping trip. Crossed however did set up what I think will be a fantastic conclusion to the series but the majority of the novel felt like filler to me.
Cassia has decided to risk everything to find Ky, including her status as a citizen. She has been sent to the outer provinces to work as punishment and while there she does her best to search for Ky. I think one of the major problems with the novel is I really really like Xander. He is a great guy and they are best friends. He supports her crazy ass search for Ky and even though he is hurt does everything he can to help Cassia. Ky on the other hand comes across as pouty…but it may be my personal dislike for his character coloring my opinion.
If you enjoyed Matched then Crossed is another book in the series and you get a chance to spend time with Cassia, Ky, and Xander. But just be warned that Crossed definitely suffers from second book syndrome so if you didn’t love Matched maybe just read a few reviews and wait for the conclusion to come out.
- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Hardcover: 367 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525423656
- ISBN-13: 978-0525423652
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
I swear I read things beyond dystopian YA lit, though sometime’s it’s real hard to tell. Here’s one where they assign you your mate when you turn 17.
I’m running way behind with my write-ups. Here are three for some quick reads I finished up last week.
Review #4: Bloodroot by Amy Greene
Bloodroot is the tangled story of a family in the rural south centered around their home on Bloodroot Mountain and the patterns of history through generations. It takes place over the last few decades of the 20th century, but has a timeless feel in its ties of family and land.
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Review #5: Inside the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders
Inside the Victorian Home describes the daily life of middle class victorian families through the organization of the home, room by room. Each room had a distinction function and tells us much about how people lived and what it said about their place in society.
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Review #6: Matched by Ally Condie
Matched introduces us to Cassia on the eve of her seventeenth birthday as she goes to the banquet where she will learn the identity of her Match. The Society optimizes all choices in life to make sure everyone is healthy, happy and productive, including if you will marry and who. Everything seems to be working out perfectly when a mistake is made that creates doubt in Cassia’s mind as to the true path of her future.
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CBR III Review #32: Matched by Ally Condie
I read this book a few weeks back and I hadn’t felt up to reviewing it. It wasn’t bad it wasn’t great. Can I end the review here? I’m really annoyed that the book is compared the 1984, Brave New World, and The Giver. This is like comparing American’s Next Top Model to The Wire.
Cassia Reyes is a young teenage girl growing up in a perfect society. Everything is picked out and provided by government officials in this perfect society. Cassia has no choice on where she lives, what she studies, what she eats even who she marries. Even the date of their death is picked out. It’s always on their 80th birthday.
The story starts with Cassia finding out who her future marriage partner will be. Surprising she is matched up with her best friend Xander (Buffy shout out). Then blah blah blah there is a glitch and she learns that maybe she wasn’t mean to be matched with Xander but the mysterious Ky. More blah blah and she is torn between defying the government and getting to learn about Ky or following her chosen path and choosing her best friend Xander. Seriously blah blah blah. There is not a lot of depth to the story but it’s a quick read. Of course like every other freaking book written recently it’s a damn trilogy. I wouldn’t pay money for the sequels but I may pick them up from the Library if I happen to run across them, because I am slightly intrigued about how the series will end. The book picked up the pace in the very last chapter and now I’m slightly intrigued, but not enough to put the next book on my calendar.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525423648
- ISBN-13: 978-0525423645
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews
TWoP Fan reads another young adult book, Matched by Ally Condie