So, it’s been a while since I’ve done a review for anything.
This is mostly because A) I find them tedious to write and B) I haven’t really watched/read anything new to review (or even worth reviewing) in a while. But, in the last two months of 2014 I did read and see some really cool stuff that I shall endeavor to describe.
First up, a romance trilogy I took a chance on.
The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Where to start…
Let’s do it this way.
Matched: 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 to follow… between perfection and passion.
Crossed: Cassia flees to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky only to discover he has escaped into the canyons. But even as she risks everything to reunite with Ky, a few surprises from her former life may haunt her… or change the game once again.
Reached: One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most – family, love, and choice. Now Cassia’s quiet revolution is about to explode into full scale rebellion. The wait is over.
I almost put this book down before the end of chapter one. It was dry and clique through the first four or so chapters of Book One. I am so glad I stuck with it though. The writing, though it begins rather dry, picks up pace and by the end of Book Three draws the reader fully into this captivating story. It, like anything else nowadays, is written in first person. The one plus side is you get to see how the characters progress in their mind and character better in first person, when they are telling their story.
The first book has only one POV, Cassia, but in Book Two we are introduced into Ky’s mind, and in Book Three all three main characters have a part in the story telling. It’s not like Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus that go every couple chapters with out changing. It is well balanced with POVs going in a round, and each character getting one chapter, then the next, etc…
It’s also fairly easy to tell who is narrating because of each of the characters have individual personalities and thought processes that it’s hard to confuse them.
Cassia: The story starts with Cassia, a teenage girl who has lived all her life in a society that chooses everything for her. It chooses what people eat, what they learn, and even when they die. It also chooses who they will marry, their Match. Cassia is not a very individual girl, like Triss or Katniss. She is the perfect society daughter. Except, when a mistake is made, she becomes intrigued with the idea of choosing her own path. She begins to question what the Society really wants, and why it must have such complete control.
Cassia does not start out brave, or strong, but she grows to be that and so much more through the trilogy.
Xander: Xander is Cassia’s best friend. He’s a very sweet person at the beginning of the book, and at the end, but he to grows in different ways. He learns how to think for himself, and to be his own hero.
Ky: Ky is the mystery boy who lives in the neighborhood with his aunt and uncle, after his parents died in the Outer Provinces. Ky perhaps has the least character development, but that doesn’t mean he is a rock who doesn’t progress at all. In the beginning all he believes in is Cassia. He learns how to let go, and how to fight for others.
This book takes place in a mysterious Society. They determine what should be done for optimal results in every part of a person’s life. They determine how much food they need, what work they should do, and how long they live. They have eliminated almost all illness, unhappiness, and suffering. They also determined that there was to much art for the human race to appreciate fully, and limited all books, artwork, everything to One Hundred of its kind. One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Songs, One Hundred Paintings…I won’t spoil all of the Society’s secrets, but it is certainly an intriguing group.
Though the story started out slow, it picked up speed. This is not your typical romance or dystopian, though it starts out as one and kind of turns into the other. It is a unique story, especially at the end. The end of this trilogy is like nothing you read anymore.
4 out of 5 stars (one star deducted for slow/clique beginning)
Content and plot wise, girls 14 and up should be fine, it is VERY clean but very much a girl’s book. Of course, I personally think no one under 16 would find a dystopian romance about a couple of 17 year olds very interesting.