Teen Book Reviews and Recommendations

This novella, as the title suggests, is a collection of book that I have read and reviewed. Since I read each book personally I have I better understanding of the book and can really review it as an author, reader, and a writer. If you have any suggestions of what you want me to read PLEASE comment, I am always looking for a good read.


4. Matched (Ally Condie)

This book has been remarked as The Giver for teens. In this book Cassia lives in The Society the perfect civilization; everyone gets married, has kids, gets a job, doesn't worry about money, and no potential danger. A main principle of The Society is that to ensure the best possible life was by being Matched. Being Matched means that you "receive" another person-based on interest, appearance, and even health- who you are then destined to live you life with. Cassia is excited to receive her Match and always has been. HOwever, she comes across an issue, a problem, and discovers that this Society is not perfect. She questions it, which may be the worst thing she could do. But she is willing to do whatever she can for love.

When I first picked up the book I was interested in this futuristic and seemingly perfect society (as they all claim to be). But as I read on I found myself being anger, in away, at the characters for doing these things. THinking how could you do that, or why would you do that, or even what is the purpose of this?  THe book it self probably wasn't as bad as I thought it was because I was so distracted by the story-line that was falling apart. The writing was ok and didn't do the story justice because everything that happened, happened to quickly or had no purpose other than to have the readers confused on why. I assume that the real issue with future  civilizations is that you picture it a different way so it then easily angers the readers by having ideas that conflict with their view of a perfect society. For me this was that they could not write or create any thing; music, paintings, poems, books, etc. This idea sounds so primal and controlling to me that it took away from the actual story. 

As I mentioned before, major events happened quickly and some seem to not have a purpose until later in this book. Time seems to be distorted and it is confusing to understand everything that is happening at once, even though there is one story line. Despite these conflicts the plot was still very intriguing and is a good read for people who are enjoy a forbidden love story. But I do not recommend this book for people, like me (although I do enjoy a romance) who are very interested in the future, sciences, and the morals and ethics of it all.

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