I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I really liked the first book Matched the best. The story was from a single point of view of Cassia and it was full of mystery of a futuristic dystopian society. The second book Crossed started to break off into other's point of view and they brought in dual narration. I feel the problem breaking off into multiple point of characters views is that one looses the sense of being a character in the book, it looses the intimacy of the first person reader and turns the reader into a third person observer. The same multiple character continued in Reached, which again turned the reader into an observer instead of part of the story. My second complaint is that the author got a little too descriptive and poetic with the characters enteral monologues, which really slowed the pace of the book and got a little annoying at times. Overall it is a creative story line, I just felt like it could have been executed better.
Probably not. I really liked the first book in the series and thought that the second was fine. But this was pretty bad--desperately needed an editor as it was much too long and needlessly so, as the extra description did little to further the story. There were so many great themes that I wished the author would explore (e.g., art during crises, revolutionaries becoming the same as the political entity that they are fighting) but she got far too bogged down in the love story. The love story itself is uninteresting as Cassia never wavers in her love, so the other character (trying to avoid spoilers--not that the end is suprising) just sort of hangs around and feels bad the entire time.
Shorten the pointless description. I do not need to be reminded of the same poems over and over again. Also, I realize that this is a teen love story, but focus on something beside feeling love over and over again.
The actor narrating Zander did a decent job. The others make the dialogue, already a little cheesy, almost unbearable. Count how many times Cassia says "Yes!" or how many syllables she drags out in "Ky!" As for Ky, he's breathy and whining--I actually groaned aloud every time he described his love for Cassia.
Boredom, mostly. A little bit of repulsion and embarrassment--teens describing their love for one another over and over and over and over...
I really don't know......
It could have been done in 2 books. The first book was the best and was very interesting. But the story went on way to long and it was just very hard to get through
I don't think that his narration was a bad job, it was the story.
This trilogy is both entertaining and intriguing. Match that with the sweet voiced narration that Kate Simses provided and you have a winning combination.
As the middle book of the trilogy, it's a journey book. The goal is to go from one place to another while getting to the two separated lovers together. But it wanders too much. A more articulated journey would have helped.
It improves on Matched in its character development but doesn't have the breadth of story that unfolds in Crossed.
the first book was good, the second less so. Many say they are disappointed in this book. I almost didn't get this book because I was tired of hearing about the the two love birds. Seriously everything that's going on in the world and all that matters is that you love each other?? sure that may appeal to others but I want to know about the rest as well. In this book you get learn more about the surrounding world and the other characters are given their own voice. This was what I had been waiting for... the opportunity to know the others in the story.
I struggled to complete this book, I found it slow, plodding and all of the excitement of the first book completely gone. I forced myself to listen to all 10 hours which I'd ordinarily consider a short read - and struggled every time. I would definitely recommend not wasting a credit on this one.
Absolutely! While the first book in the series was by far the best one, Reached was certainly better than book 2. It wasn't everything I hoped for, but it was still satisfying!
The tying up of all the loose ends and the verification of things that had been hinted at!
All of the narrators had very pleasant and distinct tones. I enjoyed them all.
Not particularly. Parts of it were a bit tiresome, and after a long section of listening I welcomed a break.
The first book, Matched, is great! The second book, Crossed, is slow, but seems to be building to an exciting third and final book. Unfortunately, that is not what this book delivered. Instead of an action packed conclusion, what I got was added confusion and lack of momentum. This book was simultaneously "all over the place" and stagnant. Some of the concepts related to the plague, the cure, and the statistical sorting were interesting, but all these components did not come together very neatly in the end. The conclusion of this book was trying very hard to wrap everything up, but I felt like there was some vital component of the story still missing. And I agree with another reviewer in that I also would have liked a little more insight into the enemy. Overall, I was disappointed with this book.
Having heard the first two, I was looking forward to this one. I found it a satisfying conclusion to what had been set in motion by Matched and Crossed, but since it was primarily tying up threads rather than starting new ones, it was a little bit less exciting than previous books. The main characters' stories are nicely capped off-- though some of the details of the political situation and the history of the Society are glossed over a bit through a long view of history that neglects to give, to my mind, a full picture of inciting causes. Still, I would recommend it as a solid teen adventure romance.