Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #16
TITLE: Matched, Crossed, Reached
AUTHOR: Ally Condie
SERIES: Matched Trilogy
GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING:
- Matched – 3.72 out of 5 stars; 360,791 ratings
- Crossed – 3.53 out of 5 stars; 129,092 ratings
- Reached – 3.58 out of 5 stars; 81,897 ratings
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe.
So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander.
But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
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.
Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.
The wait is over.
One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.
WHY I WANT TO READ IT:
I have previously mentioned on my blog that I am writing a book which has a basis in the realm and idea of soulmates, a topic Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy seems to be loosely playing at. When it comes to books there are certain elements that always set off my must read radar and those are novels which have elements involving corrupt governments – an idea which seems prevalent in the Matched Trilogy. I am interested in the roles of the government, how does technology play into it, and how do these two things impact the general citizenry. Based upon the synopsis to Matched, I am curious as to why Cassia is all of the sudden so suspicious of her government and her society. If you have grown up within a family unit who has trusted society and trusted society yourself for the entirety of your life, then why would one seeming minimal error such as a flash on a screen cause so much sudden doubt? There is a lot of conditioning which goes into creating a complacent and trusting people on the part of governments and it seems incredibly unlikely to me that just this one flash of imperfection on the government’s part in the form of a flash on a screen is enough to send an otherwise normal 16 year old girl within their perfectly structured society into such a doubtful mindset. Like I said, I have a weird focus on the structural issues as well as the story itself.
What is your Want to Read Wednesday this week?