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text 2017-05-01 17:43
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Matched - Ally Condie

The Society controls everything from what you wear, to when you die. But when Cassia Reyes, a 17-year-old girl gets Matched to her best friend Xander she is extremely happy. But when she views a micro card given to her by the Society, another familiar face shows for a split second and she becomes overwhelmed of either staying on the road in which will lead to a normal life or a road that will lead her to learn the true intentions of the society.

 

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review 2017-04-10 17:49
Book 16/100: Crossed by Ally Condie
Crossed - Ally Condie

Usually I like second books in trilogies, but this one feels a bit like it suffers from the "second-book slump," or perhaps from the industry's insistence that authors make trilogies/series out of books that are strongest as standalones.

This book was entertaining enough, and while I enjoyed learning more about the world involved, I didn't find it nearly as compelling as "Matched." But then, I do prefer dystopias that take place in a more "insular" setting rather than those that are more adventurous/sprawling/let's take down the system, etc.

I did like the new characters introduced in this volume and found Indy particularly intriguing.

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review 2017-03-29 20:59
Atlantia
Atlantia - Ally Condie

Atlantia is a standalone novel by the author of the Matched series, which I loved.  This book, however, left me with mixed feelings.  The premise was amazing, but I just felt disconnected and I can't quite figure out why.

 

The novel takes place in a dystopian world split between the Above and the Below, the land and the sea.  Pollution has ruined the Above so most of humanity has moved into an enclosed, underwater world.  Those left Above suffered with the effects of pollution so that those they loved could live Below, thus saving humanity from extinction.  Each year, on the anniversary of the Divide, children of a certain age are given a choice... stay Below or go Above.

 

After their mother's death, Bay and Rio, twins, have promised each other they'd both stay Below.  Rio does this out of love because the only thing she's ever wanted was to go Above.  But then Bay chooses Above, leaving Rio alone in the Below.  Rio is desperate to know why Bay broke her promise and finds answers she never expected.  There is a lot going on beneath the surface (no pun intended) of life in Atlantia and Rio begins to learn these secrets.

 

I think part of my problem connecting with Rio was the fact that her character just seemed too one-tracked in her emotional life.  It was as if she expended all of her emotion on her sister, leaving very little left for other personal interactions.  No big highs, no big lows.  It left her feeling a little bland as a character.  The world-building also left me disconnected.  While the premise of the world was fantastic, I just had a really hard time envisioning it.  It almost felt like we should already know what a world like that would be like.

 

I liked the book; I just didn't love it.  And I really wanted to.

Source: thecaffeinateddivareads.multifacetedmama.com/?p=12858
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review 2017-03-15 04:15
Review: Summerlost by Ally Condie
Summerlost - Ally Condie

Quick review for a quick read. I was first introduced to "Summerlost" through a snippet offered on NetGalley, but I later checked out a full version of the book from my local library. This definitely satisfied my longing for a quick read in the form of a fulfilling MG/teen summer story. It's Ally Condie's middle-grade debut about a girl named Cedar who's coping with her first summer after her father's and brother's tragic accident. She returns to the town of Iron Creek for the summer, meeting a boy named Leo and volunteering her time at a theater festival called Summerlost. It is also a chance for her to join Leo in a side job directing tours surrounding the 2oth anniversary of the death of a Hollywood actress whose life was cut short due to tragic circumstances as well.

This proved to be a very quick read in the audiobook form, and I found Cedar's voice to be cheerful and easy to follow. The story provided some nice turns of showcasing the strong bond between Leo and Cedar, as well as illuminating and valuable showcases of Cedar with her family, though in brief spells. The setting was probably the strongest part of this narrative. I did feel that some parts of the narrative left much to be desired for deeper emotional development and narrative styling, but I liked the theme and enjoyed the overarching story for what it offered.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

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review 2016-11-15 22:39
Matched Review
Matched - Ally Condie

Ever since working at the library, I have been open to many different genres of books, and the one section that I was very surprised to be reading was the Young Adult Section. Ever since I could read, I read from the Juvenile Section and then moved right into the Adult section. Missing the Young Adult Section entirely. I don't know but I just never really got into the Young Adult Books when I was a Young Adult. But now, that I have been working at a library, and working along side someone that is SOO into the Young Adult books, it's got me reading some of those books, some of those genres. And the one genre that really got me intrigued are the Dystopia books. The definition of Dystopia is a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. In other words, it means, that if something bad that would ever happen to America, the government will come right in and "take care of things" for you. Where the government will be responsible for EVERYTHING that YOU do in your LIFE!!!! In other words, Marshall Law will be in affect. And there is nothing that you can do. Now in these books, the author is showing you a world where this is already in affect for many many years and something happens to a young person that they actually open their eyes and see what their world has turned into and they must fight to get their country back on it's feet again and away from the government. The kids must be like 12-18 year olds and there is bloodshed and romance mixed into this just like this book.

 

Matched by: Ally Condie. A Dystopia book that has The Giver all written over. A young girl is set to be matched to her lover. She sees the picture of the man for her, but also sees a glitch in the system and sees yet another man; a man that should not be trusted; a man that the Society sees as a troublemaker and all who are associated with this man is also accused of trouble making. Yet, somehow, she can't stay away from him. As long as she's with Him she is led down a path that NO one thought of going and it will change her life forever.

 

An interesting book; a really good read.

 

The only problem is that there are so many of these dystopia books!! These young authors like telling the young adults about how the government could actually control you and your family and there is nothing you can do about but retaliate and there may be some lives lost but you might find love, or what may feel like love.

 

BLAH!!!

 

How about a book that shows kids what to LOOK for when the government is TRYING to take over and show kids on how to KEEP their constitution the way it is and teach them the legal way of keeping their world the way it is BEFORE the government takes over and tells you who to love, where to love and how many children you should have and what you should for breakfast every morning! That's Entertainment!!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/7735333-matched
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