Friday, June 27, 2014

Divergent is checked out! Whatever shall I read?

We all know what it’s like to have to wait for the hottest books of the summer.  But it’s a perfect opportunity to try out new series that are not on everyone’s radar yet, but are, in some of our opinions, just as good.

Take Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.  You have your dystopian society where disease has been all but eliminated thanks to genetic engineering.  Never mind that everyone is euthanized at age 80 at a “birthday party,” or that at age 17 youth attend a banquet where they are matched to the perfect genetic partner (no need for sappy romance here).

What happens when a glitch shows up on your match screen, showing you a glimpse of someone, and then it disappears to be replaced by another match?  This is exactly what happens to Cassia, and what she does with this information is the basis of three exciting books in which we see her grow, define, and exercise her own opinions and beliefs.

So while you’re waiting for Divergent, why not give Matched, Crossed, and Reached a try?  You may even find you like this series more than Divergent—I did!

by PO