by Ally Condie
Published by Speak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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. Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!
Tiny life update:
I just recently watched Jurrasic World and OMG DINOSAURS. OMG JURRASICY STUFF.
It was so good and there were countless tense moments in which I wanted to just run from the room because I have that annoying habit of picturing myself AS the characters inside of movies so whenever the dinosaurs did their dinosaur thang and went on the attack, I about passed out.
But this in no way should deter you from watching it. ‘Twas so, so good.
Divergent was one of those Dystopian novels that reminded me of why I fell in love with this genre.
Unfortunately, this book was not one of those…. Didn’t give me the feels. Nada.
As the title says, the main objective of this society is to make sure everything stays in order and that everyone is matched to their ‘meant-to-be’ mate (hence the title of the book) when they reach a certain age.
I don’t know about you guys but I would die if someone had to choose my mate–the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with FOR ME.
Oh, oh nuh uh.
I have highlighted the following reasons for which I shall refuse to allow my mate to be chosen for me:
- Um. Hello? I don’t know this person..what if we don’t get along?
- I’m all about being fresh and smelling good ALL TIME. ALLLL TIME. My area HAS to be clean and organized.
I’m not OCD and whoever tells you this has a big fat lying face.So, what if my ‘Matched’ smells bad? Or…or worse?
- When you first meet me I tend to be a little shy and awkward but I get weirder the more you get to know me. (Weirder in a good way BTW) What if…well, what if my Matched is perpetually awkward and we can’t have any nice convos and converse over the shared love of cake, scones and cáfe?? Life would be so long. And sad.
- My ideal guy HAS to be a giant. (A.KA. Supa, supa tall) HAS to have a sense of humor. And I DEMAND that he treat me like a lady. (In my Meghan Trainer voice) So, I’ll hurl rocks at my Matched’s forehead if he was ever mean to me.
- What if he doesn’t like video games? What If he doesn’t appreciate my addiction to reading and writing? And what if….gosh. what if he is just straight up awkward? I’d go crazy. KA-RAY-ZAY, yo.
And what really struck me as odd was the fact that you die on your 80th birthday…., like it’s planned and everything.
WHAT THE TIC TAC PADDY WHACK??
This society is so tightly wound that when the moment for you to meet your Matched comes, you have to be composed and poised. You can’t be all like: ‘But ewww’ if you don’t like them or ‘yayyy’ when you see them and be like: ‘THEY’RE A SEXY, I’M A SEXY, THEREFORE TOGETHER WE SHALL MAKE SEXY BABIES AND HAVE WORLD DOMINATION.’
Nah. The society doesn’t play all that nonsense.
†Cassia: I instantly connected with her but as the story progressed, she kind of got like….meh. maybe it had to do with the lack of development or pacing of the plot? Meh.
†Xander: He was okay as a secondary character. But he wasn’t like: swoon. He was mostly the other guy that is in love with Cassia and her BFF. No swooning over him. #Sad.
†Ky: Baha when I heard his name I was taken aback because my nickname is Kei (pronounced like Key) So, I had a ‘whoa’ moment there.
I’m a romance writer so BUT OF COURSE I have this intense desire to feel up close and personal with the romance and the characters. So I always look forward to that first kiss moment. As that delicious moment approached, that sly smile formed on my face my fingers curled around my Kindle as I brought it closer to my face so my eyes could take part in the deliciousness of this first kiss.
And then I blinked.
And the kiss was over.
The smile instantly vanished from my face only to replaced by a scowl. Of disgust. confsuion does not begin to explain how disappointed I was. Just know that I had a sad. An epic sad.
Like…HOW YOU NO GIVE ME A.REAL KISS?? WHAT’S UP WITH THAT??
They hardly even pecked lips. I mean I know it’s YA. But you could have AT LEAST given me a little bit more. Even a smidget more.
I want the gloriness of lips crashing together, hairs and bodies tangling. Gosh. SOMETHING.
I didn’t like how I couldn’t connect with the characters. I tried so hard to give this story the benefit of the doubt and fall in love with it. It was really a hyped up book I’ve been meaning to try because the cover is awesome!
Over to you:
Have you guys tried this series yet? How did you like it? How do you guys feel even you have a heard time connecting either the plot and/or characters? Ohhh and have YOU watched Jurrasic World yet? If not, do so soon so we can rant and rave about it together!
Don’t forget to be awesome!