The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy....
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
©2011 Ally Condie (P)2011 Penguin
The plot was dragging. The long separation of the two main characters- the plodding mushy sentimentality -it was a little too much for a little too long. I'll admit that I fast forwarded- partly due to long internal dialogues- (in the male's narrator's nasal voice that was quite irritating and whiny!) and partly due to the lack of action. I don't think that this book was even necessary. It seems like this was filler. I haven't read or listened to the last book, but I believe everything probably could have been condensed into one large novel.
Something else. The same male narrator is used on the last book. If I do complete the series, I will read the book and not purchase the audio version.
The girl character is okay. She sounds a little young, but does a decent job. The male narrator is absurd. He has an annoying voice- nasal and weak. When an audio version is used to represent the entire character- it is important that the voice be able to represent that character well. His representation of the female characters is grating as well.
I did cry. There were some truly emotional moments. Unfortunately it is hard to get invested in either character when the perspective is constantly shifting.
It is well written for its genre. Although it uses many ideas from similar books it is an interesting listen for a young adult romance.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
Book #2 (of a planned 3?) to Matched. Vague sketches of the Society are flushed out, but I am worried that this trilogy will end up like the Maze Runner: first two books are interesting enough but the third will fail to tie up all loose ends tantalizingly introduced in the first two books. We will see. One reviewer wanted more romance – are we kidding?! It was sort of Barbara Cartland for teens – rather annoying and a bit concerning given the target age of the reader. But, nevertheless, this is an interesting story of another dystopian society with oppressed teens searching for a way to be free.
Rediscovering what young love felt like
When Ky and Cassia find each other
They are believable for the ages they are portraying
No not really
The story did not keep me as captivated as Matched. It was nice to continue to follow the character and Kate Simses narration was once again very strong. My big complaint is about the narration performance of Jack Riccobono. He used a voice that at times it was so affected that it was simply annoying. I am guessing he was trying to sound like a teenager, but it was a bit over the top and distracted me from the story as my mind would lock in on his over dramatic delivery. Toward the end, I began to play his portions at 1.25x and it helped. But Kate's narration is best at standard speed.
I am wary about listening to the 3rd book because Jack is the sole narrator, but in the sample he seems to speak in a more natural voice so I am hopeful that the entire narration is consistent with the sample.
At first I was annoyed by how Cassia's voice was so childish and blend.
But I soon found out that Kate's Simses is actually a great talent who can and does represent the true feelings and emotions of her character.
An other great analysis of our society and how different but similar it could be.
I love Young Adults books.
So far I read 5 or 6 series in the genre, and was enthralled by how life could be, compared to how it actually is! What would be better in some ways and worst in some other ways.
But enough for now.
I am hopping onto the 3rd installment of Cassia's life history :-)
Continuation of "Matched", I'm still waiting to see what will happen with Cassia and Ky. Still a little one dimensional, now the story reminds me of the "Delirium" series. Young people fighting against the government.
Cassia and Ky find each other, but somehow don't trust each other.
A lot of death. A lot of weird government control of the masses. And we finally found out what the blue pill does… it slows you down.
Kind of boring and difficult to finish.
No, I didn't find it interesting or in depth enough to receive a recommendation..
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