Published by Dutton on Nov 1, 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, YA
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The long-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.
I was recently asked what I thought of Matched, the first book in the trilogy. I remembered how much I loved it, and that I still hadn’t read the second book, even though I’ve own it for months. I decided to resolve that right away, and quickly read the book in 2 days.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as I did the first one. I think it was a combination of the narration style, and the lack of a concrete enemy.
The narration was told in alternating chapters: one from Ky and then one from Cassia. In the beginning, I enjoyed this as it was like seeing a story from two ends, each coming slowly together. The voices were unique, and the stories were intriguing. This changed just after the halfway mark. The voices started to sound similar, and by the end, I kept mixing up whose chapter it was.
The story was also lacking a concrete enemy. The story had few characters in it, basically just Ky, Cassia and their companions. The Society was not visible at all; it was only an abstract enemy in the background. This led to a very disconnected feeling, like the story could have taken place anywhere, and the world building that went into the first book was unnecessary for this one.
Overall, this book was a disappointment. I liked the ending better than the first one, even though it was still pretty open ended. Maybe it had to do with my lack of connection to the characters, but regardless of the reason, I still enjoyed it, while sounds a bit evil. I will likely finish the trilogy, but I’m certainly not dying to know what happens next.