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Matched – Another rebellious futuristic novel; still good.

matchedTitle: Matched

Author: Ally Condie

Summary: Cassia lives in a society where everything is selected by the government to best fit her needs. The food she eats, the clothes she wears, the books she reads, the music she listens to, the career she’s trained for, and even her future husband (aka her Match). The story, set in the future, depicts what at first glance is an ideal society. No war, no disease, no violence. Equality. But when there’s a glitch in the system and Cassia finds out that she was supposed to be matched with someone other than her Match, she begins to question the system entirely.

Six Word Review: Another rebellious futuristic novel; still good.

I started reading because: I thought the society the author introduced was interesting and I wanted to see where the story led.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because while it’s an interesting concept that’s explored, it’s not a very new concept. Similar to one seen in The Hunger Games, this story approaches the idea of refusing to conform to society in a slightly different way.

I loved the way Condie described the setting. It put a clear image in my head and it was interesting to think about because it made me try to imagine what I thought the future would look like. I hated the pace of the story-line. It feels sort of sluggish. It’s the type of book you have to read in a fairly short amount of time because if you don’t you might end up forgetting important events and characters.

If the lead character Cassia was in a high school yearbook, he/she would be voted Most Likely To: Recite Poetry.

Anything else we should know? Matched is the first book in a series of three books. The next two books:  Crossed and Reached.

Regina, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

WTS

Hunger Games – Katniss goes on a legendary journey

hunger gamesTitle/Author: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:  In a futuristic depiction of North America, the capital Panem keeps control of its 12 districts by making them pick a boy and girl Tribute between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in an arena on national television. The main character Katniss Everdeen is conflicted between the urge to survive and her unexpected love in this stimulating dystopian novel.

Six Word Review: Katniss goes on a legendary journey.

This book reminded me of the book Divergent because of the central dystopian theme and the emphasis on action and fighting.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because of how well the author set up and conceptualized the story and the fact that the book was very compelling and hard to put down.

What I loved about this book is how well-developed the characters were because it made it so that you feel like you know them by the middle of the novel.

If Katniss was stuck on a deserted island she would: build a boat and get away because she is an innovative person.

 I started reading this book because it was given to me by my middle school as a prize …and I kept reading: it because it was such a good story.

–Peter, grade 10, Lake City

LCY

Mockingjay Part 1: Book-to-Movie Adaptation Review (Spoiler-Free Until Mentioned)

MockingjayAdaptation Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars

Overview of What I Was Thinking Going In:
I must say, preemptively, that I did not enjoy the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I thought that though Katniss’s depression and unwillingness to interact with many people was entirely realistic and in character, it made for a very boring point of view for the story to be told in. That problem started setting in around Catching Fire and just kept getting worse as the books went on. It was so frustrating for me to read such an epic conclusion to a series in such a narrow point of view. I hoped that the movie would remedy this problem since the other two movies thus far were told in a third person omniscient perspective, showing us what’s going on in the Capitol while Katniss is going through everything. I was so spectacularly right.

What I Thought Was Done Best:
The way the movie cuts between Katniss and what she’s doing and the riots that start up in other districts is amazing.  It feels so seamless and fitting that I don’t understand how it could have been done any other way.  The scene where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree, a long-awaited moment for many of the book readers, was my favorite scene by far.  It shows how directly Katniss’s actions impact the people in the districts and gives an amazing action scene to boot.

Common Criticism:
One of the main criticisms that people had with this movie was that “it’s just set-up for the next one.”  And you know what?  They’re right.  The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were build-up to this one too.  Does that mean it’s not a good movie?  Heck no!  Mockingjay Part 1 has its own story arc of exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution just like any other movie.  Is it a bunch of kids fighting to the death?  No.  But this movie definitely has the most impactful action of any of the three movies out so far.  The movie ends a bit after what book readers call “The Rescue,” so most of the buildup is to that event.  For book readers like me, this event is a very big deal.  However, I can understand how people expecting the epic ending of a final installment would be disappointed with how much of the “let’s take over the government” goal is accomplished.  It’s worth watching anyway, trust me.

Things to Note Going Into the Movie:
If you are sensitive to strobe lights, close your eyes when people start running down a triangular staircase. It’s safe to look back once the “blast doors” are closed; it’ll be announced. It would be a shame to have your time watching such a great movie ruined by a splitting headache or worse. Please take the precautions necessary to keep yourself safe.

The movie jumps right in where Catching Fire ended. There are a lot of small gestures and references to it that aren’t re-explained for people who have forgotten such things. I recommend re-watching or reading Catching Fire before going to see this new masterpiece. Luckily, both the book and the movie are available through the Seattle Public Library!

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The One: a strong series ender

The-One-by-Kiera-Cass-coverTitle: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Six Word Review: Girl gets prince, revolution is ended.

Stars: 4 stars out of 4 because it was a vast improvement over the previous books in the series. But it seemed a bit back heavy in the development and the stereotypical ending.

I started reading because I had been recommended the first book and I had hope that the series would improve.

This book reminded me of The Hunger Games because of the political strife and struggles behind the scenes.

What I loved was the action was increased exponentially and an actual plot began to develop.

Websites of Interest: Keira Cass

While You’re Waiting For… The One, by Kiera Cass

one-kieracass Kiera Cass’s immensely popular series about an average, lower caste girl of the future competing with a dwindling number of contestants for the hand of the prince concludes with The One.  Who will become Maxon’s princess, and eventually his queen?  The answer isn’t revealed until the final pages, and naturally, you must wait for the book to get that far.  So while you’re waiting for The One, try these other teen titles.

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