The Society is perfect. It dictates every aspect of your life according to its exact calculations for optimum results: your career, your clothes, wher...moreThe Society is perfect. It dictates every aspect of your life according to its exact calculations for optimum results: your career, your clothes, where you live, what you’re allowed to learn, at what age you will die and who you will be Matched with for life. Cassia Reyes is the model citizen: loyal, smart and obedient. When she is Matched with her charming best friend Xander, it seems that the Society has once again triumphed in its calculations for perfection. That is, until another boy’s face appears on her Matching screen. The Officials say it’s just a simple misunderstanding; a mistake. But Cassia has always been taught that the Society doesn’t make mistakes. As her world is turned upside down, she wonders what else is The Officials are hiding from its citizens. As Cassia attempts to unravel the walls of lies that surround her, she also begins to doubt her feeling for Xander. Does she love him because she has been told to? Are her newfound feelings for her “other match” simply a way to rebel from her pre-ordained destiny or has she truly found her soul mate? In a world where there are only 100 poems, 100 stories, 100 songs and 100 paintings, how will 1 person attempt to change it all?
If you are a fan of Lois Lowry’s The Giver or Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, you will notice similar dystopian elements of control and repression, not to mention a familiar love triangle. Matched, the first in a trilogy, is a thought provoking and exciting dystopian romance that will appeal to teens (and adults) who long to “rage, rage against the dying of the light” and to rebel against what society tells them is normal.
Froi of the Exiles takes place three years after the events in the first book, Finnikin of the Rock. The former thief and vagabond Froi has finally fo...moreFroi of the Exiles takes place three years after the events in the first book, Finnikin of the Rock. The former thief and vagabond Froi has finally found a place he can call home in the city of Lumatere and a life as a member of the Royal Guard. That comfort is shattered when Finnikin and Queen Isaboe request that he embark on a secret mission to infiltrate the enemy kingdom of Charyn and find the half-mad Princess of Charyn, Quintana. The road to Charyn is long and dangerous and the city is rife with unrest. Charyn has been 18 years without a single child being born and is becoming increasingly angry with the Mad Princess, who they see as the reason for the Curse.
Throughout the course of his mission, Froi discovers secrets about the Princess and about the circumstances surrounding the curse and he must decide whether to follow the instructions of his Queen or to follow his heart. This high fantasy adventure saga features a rich and detailed world in the vein of JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin and is recommended for fans of Kristin Cashore’s “Graceling”.
I was surprised at how much Froi has changed since the events in Finnikin (you know what I’m talking about!) and I found him really sympathetic and likeable… something I’d never thought I’d say! While the book focuses mainly on Froi and Quintana, we also get a glimpse into the Monts and specifically, Lucian and his estranged relationship with his “wife.” I can’t wait for the next one in the series!(less)
I've had the arc on my Kindle forever and it got pushed further down the shelves until I hit a lull and found it again. OMG. So glad I finally read it...moreI've had the arc on my Kindle forever and it got pushed further down the shelves until I hit a lull and found it again. OMG. So glad I finally read it. Couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, I think you'll love this too. I'm going to buy it in print, I loved it that much!(less)