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Reached by Ally Condie, Reviewed by Chris Watkins


Chris Watkins            5th p.                     10-21-13



After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

Have you ever felt like everything is falling into place at one time? Well, Ky, Cassia, and Xander does, in this last book from this great trilogy. Reached by Ally Condie is one amazing book. In Reached, Cassia and Ky finally find the rising. After years of searching Ky, Cassia, and Xander are finally reunited in one of the best possible places in all of the society. Reunited in the Rising. My favorite things about this book “Reached” are the characters, settings, and conflicts.

The characters were my favorite part of “Reached”. There were  many new characters introduced. Such as Lei, Lei was one of the leaders of the officials that was in the rising. The big story behind Lei though was she fell in the love with Xander. Also, some other characters from the other two books came back into play. Like, Hunter, Eli, Laney, and Bram.  Also I liked how Cassia always compared Eli to Bram. I also liked how in the end of the book the author told the real story behind Cassia, Ky, and Xander. Ky was the pilot, Cassia was the poet, and Xander was the Physic.

There were many new settings introduced in this book as well. Places like Central, outer provinces, Rising. Also there was settings brought back from the first and second books, like Oria. There was a lot of similarities in the settings from all three books. The settings were interesting and fit in this trilogy very well.

The conflicts were the most interesting and exciting things in this book as well as in the whole trilogy. They were all related in some way, shape, or form. The biggest conflict was when the rising marched right into the society and shut it down completely, and took it over into there own power. The whole book was based on that one conflict. That was my favorite conflict, because everybody was involved in it. Ky and Indie flew the air ships with the cure, Xander and Cassia would take the cure to the patients.

In conclusion, “Reached” was the strangest book out of the three, but it was the most interesting. Overall, reached was a great book. It had many new and unusually things in it, but it was my favorite out of the trilogy. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I encourage this book to be read by teens, and adults, that love romance and love stories. I enjoyed the settings, characters. Reached by Ally Condie.


Crossed by Ally Condie, Reviewed by Chris Watkins


by Ally Condie

Chris Watkins                        5th period                                  10-4-13

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of whom 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.

Have you ever felt helpless, where you couldn’t find your true love? Well in this sequel to the first book “Matched”, Ky has found his way into a similar life that he used to have, but soon he will find his old horrible life in the outer provinces will become better when he finds his true love doing the same thing he is. Also in this book Cassia is sent to death, in the outer provinces, but she soon finds out that that was the best decision she has ever made. My favorite parts about this book is the characters, setting, and mysterious conflicts. Crossed by Ally Condie.

The characters in this book are mysterious because as you read the story, new characters pop up everywhere. My favorite character in this story is Ky. The main characters were Cassia, Ky, and Xander. Some of the less important characters are Vick, Eli, Hunter, and Indie. They also made big differences in this book. I also liked how Ky and Cassia compared  Eli, to the character Bram in the previous book Matched.

The setting in this was very interesting and different. There was no similarity between the settings in the first and second book. The setting was mostly in the cavern. Which was where the farmers, supposedly were hiding out. There were some other small settings like Central, which is the capital of the society. Also there was the place where Ky, Indie, and Cassia met the rising near the river, beyond the carving.

Last but not least, the conflicts in this book. One of the most popular and most common conflict in this book was the firing in the outer provinces. Ky was the only character to be there when they happened. Also there was a conflict in the carving. When the society fired bombs down into the carving and killed Vick. Also, there was one last conflict between, Indie and the rising in the end of the book.

In conclusion, I overall enjoyed the book Crossed. It was one of the best sequels that I’ve read in awhile, and I intend to keep reading the series. Overall I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I encourage this book to be read by teens or adults that love romance or love stories. I certainly enjoyed the great characters, mysterious, settings, and different conflicts. Crossed by Ally Condie.

Payback Time by Carl Deuker, Reviewed by Chris Watkins

Payback Time


by Carl Deuker

From           Chris Watkins  5th Period 9-16-13


Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel. When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past—or at least not one he is willing to discuss.

Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel’s incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field. Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch? Or an ineligible player? In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he’s done. In the end, the truth surprises everyone.

Have you ever felt that you were right, maybe that you could never be wrong? Well Mitch True knows all about being right and wrong. Mitch True is a reporter and news writer for his school, Abraham Lincoln High in Seattle. One day Mitch is chosen to write articles for the sports part of the newspaper. But one day Mitch discovers and odd predicament about the football team, which may turn out to be very dangerous to him, and the one person he loves. I enjoyed this entire novel, but I most enjoyed the conflicts, settings, and the different characters.

I enjoyed the great conflicts in the novel Payback Time. I liked how the main character Mitch True always got made fun of because of his size and weight, so he took it in to consideration to lose weight. Which I thought was very inspirational. Also I liked the conflict between Mitch and the mysterious football player Angel Marichal. The author presented all the conflicts in this book really well, which impressed me. The last conflict that I liked through out the book was between Mitch True, the head football coach McNulty, and Mitch’s photographer Kimi Yon. The conflicts in this book made it a must read for teens and adults.

Second, I liked the magnificent setting of this novel. The setting was mostly at football games or a traditional coffee shop. Which was Mitch and Kimi’s favorite place to talk and figure things out. Football is my favorite sport, which probably made me like the setting more than most people would, but overall the setting was my favorite part of the book. Also the setting was interesting because you never knew what was going to happen in any of the setting’s of this book, which made it a mysterious and interesting novel.

Last but not least, I enjoyed the different and interesting characters. All the characters in this book has something mysterious about them, which made them interesting. Mitch True was a news reporter who loved to write, but loved to figure things out. Kimi Yon was a photographer who had the same characteristics that Mitch did. Coach McNulty and Angel Marichal were the most mysterious, that is what the whole book is based on. Angel has a strange background and from what Mitch thinks McNulty is trying to hide it.

In Conclusion, overall I enjoyed the book Payback Time. It was one of my favorite books that I have read in awhile. I intend to read other interesting books by Carl Deuker. I encourage this book to be read by teens and adults. I would recommend it to all readers who love football and mysteries though. It was overall a magnificent book, I would give it a four out of five stars. I certainly enjoyed the great conflicts, interesting settings, and the amazing and mysterious characters. Payback Time by Carl Deuker.

Matched by Ally Condie, Reviewed by Chris Watkins

Matched  by Ally Condie

From          Chris Watkins  5th Period   9-9-13

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 with complete certainty that 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.

Have you ever felt like someone always makes your decisions for you? Cassia Reyes knows all about this. Cassia lives in a dystopian society where they chose where you work, live, go to school, how you live, when you die, even who you love. One day the society makes a big mistake and Cassia is faced with making one decision that can be very dangerous to her and to all of who she loves. The book Matched by Ally Condie. I enjoyed the entire novel, but I most enjoyed the climax, setting, and the characters.

I enjoyed the climax in this book. I liked how it was presented in the book.

In the society of the Oria province, the society makes all decisions. One day after Cassia’s match ceremony, where they pick who you will be spending the rest of your life with, but not in Cassia’s case. Cassia wants to find out more information about her lifetime friend, and now her match. She sticks in the microcard, to an unpleasant, but interesting surprise. A long lost friend appears on the screen, but Cassia can not believe her eyes. After Cassia sees Ky there is somewhat of a turn up in the climax of the book. The climax is personally my favorite part in any book. That is especially what made the themes good in this book. After Cassia saw Ky, it changed her life forever.

The second thing that I really liked in this book is the magnificent setting. Although in most Dystopian books and novels, the setting was distant in the future. The future of the world was a result of the society controlling everything you do. Some of the other places in this book was the outer provinces where Ky was from. Also they had a series of scenes in the book where Cassia and Ky were at the top of a hill in the society where them and some other teens in the society would hike. Another big setting where Cassia, and the other characters would meet was in the rec hall. Where they all spent all their rec hours. Usually Xander and Ky would play games, and Cassia and Emma would watch.

The last thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the characters. I enjoyed all the characters because they all served an interesting part in the book.  Cassia was of course the main character, but Ky and Xander were very important too. Emma, Cassia’s girl best friend was the least associated character in the book. Grandfather was important, because that is the person who Cassia loved the most. Mom and Dad, Cassia’s parents were important because they were members of the society. Cassia’s father was an officer for the society so everything that the society did that Cassia didn’t like her father had to do it too. Cassia’s mother was a member of the society, but she wasn’t as important to the society as her husband was. Last but not least, Bram Cassia’s brother was just as unimportant as Emma was, but  he was still in the book.

In Conclusion, overall I enjoyed the book Matched. It was one of my favorite books that I’ve read in awhile. I intend to keep reading the series, I really want to know what happened after that ending. I encourage this book to be read by teens or adults. I recommend to all readers that love romance though. It was overall as a magnificent book. I would give it a three and a half out of five stars. I certainly enjoyed the great themes, interesting settings, and the amazing characters. Matched by Ally Condie.