Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sequel Sunday - Crossed by Ally Condie



Book Details
Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Page Count: 384
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Series: 2nd in trilogy
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Summary
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.

-from Goodreads.com


Review
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Matched last fall (review refresher), and quickly devoured it. Only to discover at the end that is was the first in a trilogy. So began the waiting game until I could get my hands on more Cassia, Xander, and Ky.... I made it my mission to find a galley of Crossed. (Thank you, Penguin Teen & Comic Con!)

I instantly tucked in to find out where Cassia's search for Ky would take her next. The first book had left you hanging. They are in a very different setting in the Outer Provinces. Ky and Cassia take turns telling their stories in alternating points of views, which at times seemed to blend with one another. It was often difficult to differentiate between the two characters. I kept double-checking to see whose story I was following. However, you are given the chance to see how they work to survive long enough to find one another. Condie does do a nice job of intersecting their two stories as Cassia traces Ky's last steps, adding in new characters and companions for each POV.

Crossed plays a very important role in laying the groundwork for the conflict of the series. Condie chooses to make the storyline bigger than just Cassia's love for both Ky and Xander. Cassia begins to expand her world, learning the ugly truths about the Society and the people fighting against it. To be honest though, I could have done with MORE--more detail, more insight into the rebellion, and more Xander (ahem).

I am left wondering how Condie will tie everything together in the final book. It seems she has set up the foundation for what could be a very BIG ending. I just hope it lives up to the wonderful start we saw in Matched. The question is--who will be left standing with Cassia in the end?

Reading Rating
The storyline slows down in places and chooses to focus more on thought & feelings rather than action. It's a very different book from Matched, but still a satisfying and crucial read for the series. Just prepare yourself to start counting the days until the final installment comes out.


Reviewed by ch3rrybl0ss0m

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting


Summary:
In a world where language divides the classes and everyone is expected to behave according to their stature in life, Charlie is no ordinary vendor’s daughter, she can understand every language she hears. Try as she might to keep her head down and avoid drawing attention to herself, she makes a potentially grave mistake one night when she overhears a handsome stranger speaking in a tongue she’s never heard before.

Review:
I used to refuse to read dystopian fiction. I know, I know. I was missing out on some really spectacular books and I have long since seen the errors of my ways. The thing is, I thought that they were just filled with death, destruction, and totally depressing themes. I might have had one bad experience with a book I will not name, for fear of reprisal, but now I know the real value of the genre is in the fantastic world building and the courageous characters.

The Pledge is no exception, I was pulled into Charlie’s world right away and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what fate held in store for her. I loved Derting’s twist on language and its role as a barrier amongst people, but the happiest surprise was how brave and strong the minor characters turned out to be. I was biting my nails as much for them as I was for the main character. While I liked Derting’s The Body Finder series, I have to say this book takes her writing to a whole new level and I can’t wait for the next book!
Reviewed by: LostntheStacks

This is an advanced reader's copy from Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab. The Pledge will be released on November 15, 2011. Put your copy on hold today!

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