Matched & Crossed

December 17, 2011 Reviews 0

MatchedMatched
Ally Condie
2010
Synopsis by Goodreads
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 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’s 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.
My Rating
I enjoyed this book and it was a pretty fast read.  The Society is essentially perfect.  There is no crime, everyone is healthy, and the Society makes all the decisions.  Due to the glitch on her match card Cassia begins her discovery of what’s behind the Society and you see her start to develop a rebellious nature and begin to question the Society’s decisions.

It was a nice story but it felt like something was missing.  There were so many hints of things that were happening in and outside of the Society, but they were never developed.  The ending (if you can call it an ending) fell short, it kind of just stopped.  I know that this is part of a trilogy but typically each book in a trilogy has it’s own story with a larger story across the three books.  This book felt more like an introduction to me.

In comparison to a book like The Hunger Games this book falls short, but it gives you enough info and enough intrigue to want to continue with the second book.  My hope is that the second book has some more action in it.

Update: Crossed

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed
Ally Condie
2011
Synopsis by Goodreads

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

My Rating

I enjoyed this book a little more than Matched, but not by much.  It still feels very much the same, something is missing.  And, sadly, there was no action in this book either.  I felt like this book had a better plot and character development.  And while it has a cliffhanger ending (as to be expected in a trilogy) it didn’t just stop like the first book.

I liked it well enough to read the final book in the series, but again, I am hoping for more action.

Kimberly

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