Author: Ally Condie

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Review: Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2)

December 13, 2011 Review 0 ★★★

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2)Release Date: November 1, 2011
Title: Crossed
Series: Matched #2
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 367
Publisher: Speak
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: 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, to 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 than ever.
3 Stars

I had such high hopes for this book after absolutely loving the first one. But… this one fell flat for me. Cassia and Ky didn’t seem like the same two characters, and parts of the story were just glossed over in such a way that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.

How did Cassia become someone who seeks to rebel against society so quickly after being someone who always does as she’s told?

How did Cassia get sent to work detail and then get sent away with the Aberrations and Anomalies all without the Society finding out or changing her Citizen status?

Xander’s secret is just way too convenient for the circumstances.

Ky’s unwillingness to do anything (ie join the Rising or stay within Society) does not match his personality. At all.

I will continue to read the series, because I have high hopes that book 3 will redeem book 2. But I have my doubts, given how the end of Crossed played out. This series had such high potential to be an incredible dystopian series, but I don’t think it will reach that potential.

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Review: Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)

November 27, 2011 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)Release Date: November 30, 2010
Title: Matched
Series: Matched #1
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 366
Publisher: Speak
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: Cassia has always trusted the Society's choices. And when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia is certain he is the one... until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Now she is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path no one dares follow... between perfection and passion.
5 Stars

I am really digging all of the dystopian fiction I’ve read this year – Uglies, Gone, Divergent, Delirium… and now, Matched by Ally Condie.

It’s fascinating to ponder the future, especially when it seems quite likely that we will end up in our own dystopian society at some point in time. These novels are not so much different from the dystopian classics like 1984 by George Orwell or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Each of these novels considers the future as a place where the government has complete and total rule, and dissenters are punished or killed.

What I like about Matched is that we only know as much about the society as Cassia does – we are given no special narrative about the society and how it runs. We only know what we are supposed to do, and we begin to resist these things right alongside Cassia, rather than pushing for her to rebel straightaway. The first book in the series does not offer more than a glimpse into the totalitarianism of the government. This first installment is more about planting the seeds of self awakening than it is about rebellion.

I fell in love with Ky as Cassia did, but I wish she had trusted Xander more with what she was thinking and feeling. He still would have been hurt, but perhaps he would have understood more. Perhaps he wouldn’t have. But Xander had always been her closest friend, and I felt that she should have trusted him with her secrets. But that’s probably the optimist in me speaking.

The next book in the series, Crossed, is out already and I will pick it up soon. I can’t wait to read it!

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