Books I’ve Read: ‘Matched’ Trilogy

I bought Matched by Ally Condie at the beginning of April and finished the trilogy in late May. I picked up the first one because a) I had heard that it was popular and b) the reviews made me laugh:
WP_001061 WP_001062Matched: The first book basically serves to set up the society the main characters live in (cleverly named The Society). We are introduced to our narrator, Cassia, who is alright and not terribly annoying. We meet love interest #1, Xander, who is awesome and has an awesome name. The society “matches” them together and that’s cool because they were already besties. Then some other dude’s picture pops up on Cassia’s screen when she tries to look at Xander’s picture. Love interest #2: Ky. She starts spending time with Ky instead of Xander and they fall in love. Obviously this is all totally in secret and against the law. Some other stuff happens and Ky gets taken away, Cassia’s family gets relocated, and I just feel sorry for poor Xander. This book was ok. It wanted to be character driven but the characters just aren’t interesting enough for that to work. If you like dystopias this is still a good read because The Society is very well developed. For most of this book I just felt sorry for Xander and thought Cassia was dumb for not picking him.

Crossed: This was better than Matched for me. The chapters alternate between being narrated by Cassia and by Ky. They are both out in the Outer Provinces looking for each other. It was fun to read about all the near misses, when they almost found each other but didn’t. Xander only makes brief appearances, so I was more able to focus on the relationship that was actually happening and not the one I thought should have been. There is another female character introduced who seems to be a future love interest for Xander and this pleases me. Xander needs some love. I don’t remember a lot of the specifics of this one but basically it involves them looking for each other and then looking for this revolution Cassia wants to join. I thought it was a much more engaging read that the first.

Reached: I listened to this on audiobook, and it was my first time to ever listen to a book. It took some time to get used to the voice actors and just to get used to listening while driving, but once I got into the swing of it I really enjoyed it. This novel takes place back in The Society, as the revolution we learned about begins to take over. Xander is added as a third narrator and I was happy to hear his sad of things. It made me more sad though, he is pretty into Cassia still and she clearly is not interested. This book gets a little technical as it talks about the specifics of the revolution and the science behind a disease and its cure, so it was sometimes hard for me to follow. There were also some connections made that were hard for me to remember because my eyes had not made contact with the words. I guess that makes me a visual learner. Anyway, it was a good conclusion and I didn’t feel like anything was really a cop out or that connections were hastily thrown together.

If you’re looking for quick summer reads, I recommend this trilogy. Especially for airplanes. Good airplane books.

PS I still don’t know how to write a book review really. How’d I do?

Books I’ve Read: The Passage by Justin Cronin

This post is long overdue, but I liked this book so I decided to post it anyway!

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I purchased this book upon the strong recommendation of one of my friends. She told me it was about vampires, but not the sexy kind. It was really long and looked like the kind of book my dad would read, not me. But I trust my friend’s taste so I bought it anyway. It took me about two and a half months to read (October 23 to January 9) all 879 pages, but I finally finished and I loved it!

I’ve never written a book review before so I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to include. Basically it is about a government project that was supposed to help humans live longer and heal diseases that went wrong and created a type of vampire. But like I said, not the sexy kind. Then it fast forwards 100 years into the future and focuses on a group of people living in an isolated society designed to protect them from the vampires. And there is a mysterious little girl who is involved in both parts of the story. It’s hard to explain because it’s so long and because I don’t want to give anything good away!

I recommend this if you have the time to devote to it! I usually like reading young adult novels because even though they are long, they are quick and satisfying reads. The Passage is not a quick read at all but it is definitely worth it! Click here to buy it on Amazon, it’s cheap!