Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Matched by Allie Condie
In a "perfect" future society, the government controls absolutely everything. What you eat, what you wear, who you marry, when you marry, ect. When you're 17 years old, the society holds a "matching" ceremony for you, an event where they match you with the person that you will eventually marry. The society uses algorithms to find your perfect match, it's guaranteed you'll get along great, dating made easy, right? Not for Cassia. Cassia is both shocked and happy when she finds out that she's matched with her best friend since childhood, Xander. They give her a microchip that contains information about Xander that she's supposed to look at later. But when she does look at it, something extremely strange happens, something that's never happened before. Instead of Xander's face showing up on the computer screen, it's a different boy's, a boy Cassia recognizes as Ky Markham. Cassia is confused, shocked, and worried. A society Official tells Cassia that it was just a glitch in the system, Ky shouldn't even be in the matching system, she gives her a new microchip, and says she should just forget about it. But Cassia is too intrigued by this "glitch" to pretend like it never happened.
Matched is a great book, and very unique. It has a great plot with tons of twists and mysteries, and interesting characters. It's a real page-turner that you can't help but stay up late reading!
Book Review by Lindsay
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Liar is about a 17 year-old girl named Micah, who is a compulsive liar. Micah is the narrator of the book, but she swears that she'll tell nothing but the truth for once while she's telling you her story. When her boyfriend goes missing, everyone thinks that with her history of lying, she should be a major suspect in the crime.
I did not really like this book. Micah is just a really annoying and bitter character. There are lots of twists and stuff in the story but half of them don't even make sense. When you get about halfway through the book, there's a really random plot twist that just makes you go like, "Whoa, where did that even come from?!" I won't spoil it, but it just makes no sense. This book messes with your mind a lot, and it can be pretty hard to follow. You know how Micah says she'll tell you nothing but the truth? Yeah, well she's a compulsive liar. She wasn't even being honest when she said that. She says one thing, and then later she tells you that it was a lie. Eventually it gets so annoying, and you don't even believe that anything she says about the story is true anymore. Because it's probably not. The ending is terrible, it feels like the author got really lazy. it makes no sense, It really gives no conclusion, and it just leaves you guessing.
Book review by Lindsay