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Reached by Ally Condie,Reviewed by Cody Adkins

Reached by Ally Condie

From Goodreads.com:

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.

What would it feel like to be part of The Rising? How would it feel to find the cure for hundreds of sick people? These are the ideas challenged in Ally Condie’s book Reached, the last novel in a series that deals with true love, and what happens when a society will go to any lengths to find the cure for many of its sick residents. Set in an advanced, dystopian society, the novel tells the story of young adults who are challenged with finding a cure and finding out who their true love really is. Also, they are presented with a new leader, a leader that seems to be an anonymous person. While I enjoyed the entire book, I most enjoyed the themes, setting and unique vocabulary that it included.

I really enjoyed the challenging themes presented in the book, and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world. For example, the three main characters in this novel are presented with the challenge of finding a cure for many of the society’s still people. They are introduced to many tough obstacles and several deaths along the way. As impossible and unbearable as that sounds, they find the cure and help save many of its people. Another example, is when yet again the novel focuses on the love triangle between Cassia, Ky and Xander. Cassia has to choose between Ky or Xander, but it might be easier than most of the readers think. In my opinion, the main theme of Reached is don’t let anything stop us from true happiness and always fight for what’s right.

The setting was a second element that I enjoyed in this novel. Like most dystopian novels, the setting is a city of the future. In this book, the setting was not just the society, but Reached had several settings within it. For example, The Rising was the main setting in this novel. The society is unraveled in the wake of a terrible plague that reminds everyone just what is really at the heart of the struggle. The story is framed with Xander and Ky both fighting on the side of The Rising to free the society, where both get to see the power of a force more destructive than any one could have ever imagined. In my perspective, The Rising was just a dark, sick and sometimes a scary place to be in. Although the settings were like this, I really enjoyed the settings and the various descriptions that it included.

The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the unique language and vocabulary of the novel. While the primary audience is young adult, the language in not dumbed down in any way. There is strong vocabulary and active description throughout the book. For example, “ You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.” This is a direct quote from Cassia that explains change and courage. Another example, “There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.” This is another direct quote from Cassia and it is the last sentence of Reached. Also, Ally Condie has mentioned and/or quoted from several works of art such as Girl Fishing at San Vigilio, by John Singer Sargent and “ I Did Not Reach Thee” by Emily Dickinson. In my opinion, I liked how the novel was in Xander, Ky and Cassia’s point of view. Cassia and other characters of the book certainly have a unique use of vocabulary that stated both the themes and the setting of the book.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I am sad to see that this is the last novel of the Matched trilogy. I recommend this book for teens who like action filled books about love, survival and futuristic settings. I don’t recommend this novel to readers who don’t like novels about romance, deaths and futuristic settings. Also, I would recommend this as a TENSE BOOK and I would give it four out of five stars. The characters are definitely strong people who can demonstrate that to us as readers. Through the use of strong and relatable themes, unusual setting and unique vocabulary, Ally Condie has created a winner in her book Reached.

Written by Cody Adkins

Crossed by Ally Condie,Reviewed by Cody Adkins

Crossed by Ally Condie
From Goodreads.com:

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.

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.

What would it feel like to escape the society? What would it feel like to be part of a rebellion? These are the ideas presented in Ally Condie’s book Crossed, the second novel in a series that deals with tough choices and a pursuit of love and happiness. Set in an advanced, dystopian society, the novel tells the story of young adults who are challenged with many long journeys and overcomable obstacles just to survive the Outer Provinces of the society. They will go to no means in order to be apart of The Rising, and in the process they meet some new faces who can help them dearly. All of these young adults really find out the true meaning of survival. While I enjoyed the entire novel, I most enjoyed the themes, setting and unique vocabulary that it included.

I enjoyed the challenging themes presented in the book, and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world. Cassia Reyes, the protagonist in this novel, is a strong and courageous young woman who fights for whats right. She goes through any obstacle that you throw at her and she certainly stands up for what she believes in. On the other hand, Ky, Cassia’s true love from the beginning, is a young man who is generally quite and has gone through many journeys throughout his life. He has never really noticed his love for Cassia, but that changes when the both of them make some tough decisions for each other. For example, Cassia and Ky both go to The Rising for each other, and in my opinion, that really shows their true love for one another. In my opinion, the main theme of Crossed is that don’t let any obstacle, journey or person stop us from what we truly believe in and love.

The setting was a second element that I really enjoyed in this novel. Like most dystopian novels, the setting is a city of the future, but Crossed had several settings within it. For example, instead of the society being the main setting, the Outer Provinces was the main setting of this novel. This is where the protagonist and the other characters mainly spend the most of their time at. Another example of a setting in this novel is The Carving. It is a dangerous and mysterious place that Cassia has escaped into, but it might hold the answers that she is looking for. In my opinion, the exciting settings of Crossed really explain the book in a thorough and enjoyable way.

The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the unique language and vocabulary of the novel. While the primary audience is young adult, the language is not dumbed down in any way. There is very strong vocabulary that describes the novel very well. For example, “In the end you can’t always choose what to keep.You can only choose how you let it go.” This is just one of Ally Condie’s many inspirational quotes that she has written in Crossed. Another example, “Love changes what is probable and makes unlikely things possible.” This is a quote based on true love, life decisions and chances. One thing that I really liked about the language and vocabulary was how the novel was written in Cassia’s and Ky’s point of view. In my opinion, it made the novel better and it gave the novel a clearer understanding.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and intend to continue reading the series. I really want to know what is in store for Cassia and the other characters future in the Outer Provinces. I recommend this book to teens who like novels about romance, survival and dystopian society. I wouldn’t recommend this novel to readers who don’t like anything that has to do with love or a futuristic setting. In my opinion, it is a really good book for teens and it sets a good example for people in our world today. Cassia Reyes is definitely a strong and courageous female who fights for what she wants. With its relatable theme, unique setting and strong vocabulary, Ally Condie has created a winner in her book Crossed.

Written by Cody Adkins

Payback Time by Carl Deuker,Reviewed by Cody Adkins

Payback Time by Carl Deuker

From Goodreads.com:

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,Mitch wonders?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.

What would it feel like to be the leading sports writer of a school?What would it feel like to reveal the truth of a suspicious football player?These are the ideas presented in Carl Deuker’s book Payback Time,which goes to no means in revealing the truth.Set in Seattle,mostly on the football field,the novel tells a story of a overweight high school journalist named Mitch who is going all out to find out the truth about a suspicious and sneaky football player named Angel.He will do anything to show the school that he is the leading writer and prove to himself that he is number one.There are many obstacles in his way,but Mitch never gives up in his pursuit for justice.While I enjoyed the entire book,I most enjoyed the themes,setting,and vocabulary that it included.

I enjoyed the themes presented in this novel,and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world.Mitch True,the protagonist in this book,is really a person that wasn’t recognized in school.He was just an ordinary sports writer for the Lincoln Light and he was hardly noticed.For example,he was short and was made fun of because of his weight.That changes when Mitch is on the football field interviewing some players.He notices a new face on the practice field,but he is allowed no access to him.Mitch does whatever it takes to find out about this secretive player and what his background is.I really liked what the author did to make Mitch fight and not give up in seeking the truth.

The setting was a second element that I really enjoyed in this novel.Like most sports fiction books,the setting is usually on the football field.I thought the setting was very appropriate because being a sports journalist,you have to write about all of the football games and it is where most of the book takes place at.Another example of the setting would be that most of the interviewing happens there and it is where Mitch gets all of the news from.In my opinion,I really liked the setting of this book because it relates to me in a good way.I like sports and I thought the football field was a great setting all together.The football field is one of the few settings that most of the people in this world can really relate to and experience for themselves.

The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the vocabulary of the novel.I thought the vocabulary was suitable and mature for young adults and in no way I thought the language of this book was written in a childless way.For example,”It was fourth down and forever,with everything on the line.The quarterback dropped back to pass as his receivers streaked down field.With the pocket collapsing behind him,he stepped up and fired a long pass toward the end zone.The ball spiraled through the chill night air for what it seemed like an eternity,and then…”This quote was from Mitch’s newspaper article for the Lincoln Light.I thought this was a good quote because it shows Mitch’s talent for writing and how he can make the ordinary sound extraordinary,which leads him on an exciting quest to find the truth.

Overall I really enjoyed the novel.In my opinion,I liked how the book was about sports and it was a real good fit for me.I would certainly recommend this book to young adults who like novels about sports and journalism,and anything sports fiction.Any reader who loves football and a book about revealing the truth,then this book is defiantly for you.I would not recommend this book to people who don’t like sports or anything sports related.Mitch True is certainly a brave and well spoken person who fights for the truth.In my opinion,with its strong theme,cool setting,and mature vocabulary,Carl Deuker has created a winner in his book Payback Time.

Written by Cody Adkins

Matched by Ally Condie,Reviewed by Cody Adkins

 

Matched by Ally Condie

From Goodreads.com:

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 the 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 that 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.

What would it feel like to live in a society where the leaders make the decisions for you?What would it feel like to hardly have any freedom?These are the ideas challenged in Ally Condie’s book Matched,the first in a series that deals with love and broken hearts.Set in a dystopian society,the novel tells the story of a young woman who is in a relationship triangle with two young men who she both loves dearly.Her decision on who she wants to spend the rest of her life with could affect her and the society itself.While I enjoyed the entire novel,I most enjoyed the themes,setting,and vocabulary that it included.

I enjoyed the themes presented in this book,and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world.Cassia,the protagonist in this novel,really doesn’t like the rules or beliefs in the society.The people in the society have no say on what goes on and they basically have no freedom.I thought to myself,what would it feel like to live in a world where people make decisions for you and you can’t do nothing about it.That changes in this book when Cassia sticks up for what she believes in and in the process breaks a couple of the rules.I really liked what the author did to make Cassia fight and not let the society get the best of her.
The setting was a second element that I really enjoyed in this novel.Like most dystopian novels,the setting is in the future.The place in this book is basically the same everyday because it is suppose to be perfect.They do have a place in this novel called The Outer Provinces.This is where Ky comes from,one of Cassia’s loves throughout the book.In my opinion,I really didn’t like the dystopian society because of how it is ruled.You should always live in a place where people know what is not going to happen the next day.Also,this setting might relate to the future that is ahead of us.For me as a reader,I really didn’t like the setting,but it was a good fit for the novel as a whole.

The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the vocabulary of the novel.While the vocabulary was meant for young adults,I thought the language was suitable and mature enough for any adult.It was not a lowered level type of vocabulary and it was written in a fine way.There is strong vocabulary and it fits it well throughout the novel.Since the setting is a dystopian society,there was a huge amount of futuristic word choice that helped create the setting.I honestly liked the vocabulary and language in this novel because it suited me well.Cassia and the other characters of the novel have a unique use of words that best sums up the themes and setting of the book.

Overall I really enjoyed the novel,and I intend to continue reading the series.I really want to know what happens with Cassia and how her future ends up in the society.I would recommend this book to young adults who like novels about relationships and people who fight for there true love.Any reader who loves romance and teen fiction would certainly love this book.Cassia Reyes is definitely a strong and courageous female who fights for what she wants.In my opinion,with its strong theme,unique setting and mature vocabulary,Ally Condie has created a winner in her book Matched.

Written by Cody Adkins