This was a lighter dystopian story. In a perfect world, everything is decided for you. You are matched with your perfect mate by algorithms. Your likeThis was a lighter dystopian story. In a perfect world, everything is decided for you. You are matched with your perfect mate by algorithms. Your likes and genes are matched with someone that will be a perfect fit for you, and there is no question that it is right. In Cassia's own experiences, the people that she knows, she has never seen a matched couple NOT happy. (view spoiler)[ But soon, she starts noticing a breakdown in the system. A second face shows up on her match information chip. She starts wondering and questioning... and she starts finding out that her perfect world is much less than perfect. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the tone of this book. I greatly enjoy dystopian stories, and the spin of this one was unique. I am excited to see how the story progresses in the following two books. ["br"]>...more
The good, the bad, the mediocre. The good... I love Cassia and Ky, and of course, Xander. They are all still wonderful characters. Cassia still holdsThe good, the bad, the mediocre. The good... I love Cassia and Ky, and of course, Xander. They are all still wonderful characters. Cassia still holds that strong persona with the innocence of a person raised in society. That's got to be hard to keep up with for two books worth of writing. Ky is open with his feelings for Cassia, and that is important to keep the reader connected and rooting for him in this love triangle. I did like the bouncing back and forth from Cassia's point of view to Ky's point of view. It is always nice to feel all of the main characters. Xander being part of the Rising is a nice twist, but because of this fact, there is some questions raised in book 1. Oh well, we can for sure let that pass. The Bad... Some parts felt like they were really important, but not much time was given to them. Almost like they were moments that Condie felt were vital to character development but the editors thought were too cumbersome, like the quickness with which Vick came and went. You could tell that his presence was important to Eli and Ky, but he was such a shallow character (not as in he wasn't a deep character, as in he was underdeveloped). The same goes for Eli and Hunter. I'm sure Indie was an important character, but I just didn't care for her. Seems the only thing she was really good for in this book was getting Cassia from point A to point B. If you sat back and thought about it, Cassia couldn't have found Ky alone... she didn't have the survival skills. So Condie had to create someone that could facilitate those skills... enter Indie. Indie was sneaky, lied, flip-flopped wherever the story needed her... no sustenance. Hunter only existed to show them the cave. Eli was there for what? Vick was there so Ky had someone to talk to while he escaped? I just don't see what they really added to the story. If you are going to introduce characters, then they need to be more meaningful, I guess... otherwise, with no real action in the story, everything just seems un-monumental. The mediocre... There was a lot of great story that could have been told here, but truth be told, I felt like this story was the bridge between Matched and Book 3. It felt like a very long transition sentence. Cassia got to get outside of society, found Ky, made a few friends, didn't really learn anything that she didn't already know inside of society, didn't deepen her love for anyone, and got back into society in the end. The end. Wait! What? The end? Nothing gained at all? She didn't learn any great big truths about society? or Xander's secret? or ANYTHING important at all? She found the tubes, that's about it. And yes, the tubes seem to have the names of the people that are part of the rising on it. Yes, that seems to be important... but you have to have more going on that that in 350 plus pages. I really hope that the third book is amazing, because this one was just 'eh. I'm glad I read it because it is in the series, but if the first one was like this, I would not have ever picked this one up to continue reading about Cassia's life. I hope Condie steps it up with book 3...more
I loved the first two books, but what I adored most about this one was the internal struggles and the realization of being used. The giant chess gameI loved the first two books, but what I adored most about this one was the internal struggles and the realization of being used. The giant chess game that is katniss' life. I thought that the progression of this story was fantastic, up until the very end. That's not to say everything happened too quickly, not at all. It's more like Collins had a deadline and had to throw the end together. Every thought, decision, and outfit was detailed, defined, described, and laid out through the entire series... until the end of this one. Then, it was like everything was rushed, vague, done without much detail to reason or thought. One star off for rushing the end of a great story!...more
I'm a sucker for books that take a usual story line and put a totally different spin on it. In this case, Invasion of the Body Snatchers from the alieI'm a sucker for books that take a usual story line and put a totally different spin on it. In this case, Invasion of the Body Snatchers from the alien's perspective. Love it! The Host is a book about an alien invasion, many years after it has started. Humans are all but extinct. One of the few last remaining ones is found, and a strong alien is placed in her body to find the location of other survivors. Things don't go as planned.
What I liked most about this book is that, while the story line is unmistakably fiction, the character development is believable. The main alien character, Wonderer, progresses from a self-assured being to one questioning her entire identity, as well as questioning her species' actions on this planet. She grows as a "person", learning and changing her feelings based on her experiences and shared memories. I enjoyed that progress, and how wonderfully it was written into the story. It defiantly had it's cheesy moments, but this is a YA... I've learned to expect some cheese in YA.
I will say that I was anti Meyer prior to The Host. I had not read any of the Twilight series, and never ever ever planned on it. However, after enjoying The Host as much as I did, I ended up reading the entire Twilight series to see if her writing style was as smooth in them as it was in this. ...more
This wasn't a bad book. I guess the novelty of the scenario wore off from the first book, and we were introduced to a love triangle. One thing I haveThis wasn't a bad book. I guess the novelty of the scenario wore off from the first book, and we were introduced to a love triangle. One thing I have to say is that the future world is very well thought out. It's detailed, explained, and not hard to imagine that our society could progress to something like this.
I liked the twists, except for the Shay part. I was tired of her in book 1 (Uglies).
I just don't feel all that strongly about Pretties, to be honest. It wasn't bad, for sure... but not on my "Must Read" list.
I do like how well Condie writes. She has a flair for words. However, I just didn't care for the majority of this series. I liked Matched just fine, rI do like how well Condie writes. She has a flair for words. However, I just didn't care for the majority of this series. I liked Matched just fine, really enjoyed it, actually... but that's where it stopped for me. I finished the series because I wanted to find Reached to be as entertaining as Matched was. It didn't do that for me, but I am glad I read all three, just to feel the completion of the tale.
I haven't really got anything better to say. Matched was really good, Crossed seemed like a filler book, and then we finished with Reached. I still recommend the first in the series to people, but as for the rest, meh.
Overall: 3 stars Character Development: 2.5 stars Plot: 3 stars Detail: 3.5 stars Writing Style: 4 stars Flow: 4 stars Recommend?: I'm going to go with no, but not as much as I felt against recommending Crossed Audience: YA...more
This is a quick, tidy little read. There was enough detail here for you to follow the book and understand the characters. I think that a full novel isThis is a quick, tidy little read. There was enough detail here for you to follow the book and understand the characters. I think that a full novel is not out of grasps for Cross. This is 0.5 for the Chronicles, so it sets a nice prequel tone for the series I think. It was enough to make me interested in seeing where it goes. And as for a quick read, like I said, the details are clear, the thought precise, and the storyline isn't choppy, really....more
I could not get very far into this book. It was so poorly written! Ug. I only started reading it because it was free... Rubbish is funny that way, itI could not get very far into this book. It was so poorly written! Ug. I only started reading it because it was free... Rubbish is funny that way, it turns out. ...more
To be honest, I started this book because it was available for free, had a "pretty cover" (oh hush you, I am allowed to choose a book this way), and ITo be honest, I started this book because it was available for free, had a "pretty cover" (oh hush you, I am allowed to choose a book this way), and I needed something for the weekend. I was surprised. The story was clear, it had believable and intriguing characters, and on more than one occasion I found myself thinking that one thing was surly about to happen, when BAM, out of left field, something else did... and it logically fit into the story. It was fictional, and far-fetched... but presented very well. Not only am I glad I read it, I'm excited to see what else Sinclair has to offer!...more