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text 2017-05-01 17:43
Good Book
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 2017-05-01 00:00
Matched - Ally Condie The worst thing about this book is that it's boring. Nothing really happens until about 80%. Everything else is just kind of a slow burn.

There is a love triangle going on. Though I'm kind of glad it doesn't get super annoying and Xander actually helps Cassia out in the end.
Overall though there was too much about Ky and not enough about Cassia. Ultimately it is a story about a woman pining after a boy.

I don't know what the diversity quotient is, given of course that nobody's skin is describe so I assume white.
Girl hate was on the low to non-existant end. There doesn't seem to be a lot of sexism either..only because the characters really do nothing.

So if you like slow books where not much happens, that are sort of sci-fi-y 1984 big brother is watching. Then this book might be for you.
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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 2017-04-10 00:00
Crossed - Ally Condie Crossed definitely has more action than matched. Here the story takes you on a rebellious ride to find freedom. Cassia & Ky learn a lot about not only who they are, but who they aren't. This may very well be the end of their "relationship". I definitely want to read the final book because I need to know if Cassia picks Xander or Ky.
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review 2017-04-05 00:00
Matched - Ally Condie Matched seems to be what would happen if you swirled together the Hunger Games and Divergent. Cassia is a normal teen living in an option less world, until she is matched incorrectly. Now instead of knowing the one person she will spend the rest of her life with, she is divided between an unapproved choice & Xander her lifelong friend. Cassia spends her time trying to work in the system to get what she thinks her heart desires. Until the Society catches on and now she has to figure out how to keep everyone safe or risk it all to make her own choices.

I gave 4 stars for lack of diversity in characters and back story. They all seemed to be very basic in nature and in a society where they are bred for optimum efficiency human, you would think they would be a little more diverse. I also wanted some back story on how they ended up in this dystopian era.
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