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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Poll: Favorite Series

I just started reading The Maze Runner two days ago. I’ve already gotten to the point where I can’t put it down. I’m sure I’ll be on to the next book by this weekend. This leads me to the question: What’s your favorite young adult series right now?

Author Spotlight – Ally Condie

Dystopia (n.): an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The opposite of Utopia

Dystopian literature has been a major trend in young adult literature lately. Books like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner have grabbed the imaginations of many young readers and left them wanting more. A new author named Ally Condie has added two exciting new books to this genre: Matched and Crossed.

The first book in this soon-to-be-trilogy is Matched. I actually found out about this book from some students who were reading it in a December book club. When I began reading, I didn’t find the story too engaging. I kept thinking that it was too much like some other books I’ve read – especially Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Quickly, however, the author finds her own style. She also adds a romantic conflict to the story that many other books in this genre don’t have. Here’s the publisher’s book trailer that will give you a good feel for the book:

I wasn’t initially planning on reading the sequel right away, but Matched definitely leaves you hanging. I read the follow-up Crossed in just a few days. It’s told in a different way than Matched and the action takes place in a different part of the Society, but it picks up right where the previous book left off. My only complaint about this book is that it seemed to be more of a bridge between Matched and the next book than a story that can stand on its own. Naturally, I’ll be alert for the release for the final book in the trilogy to see how Condie wraps everything up. Here’s the publisher’s book trailer for Crossed:

Welcome!!!!

I’m excited to be typing out my first ever blog post! I hope you check back often and follow how this blog develops over time. I’ll mainly be posting about issues related to reading – favorite authors, trends in young adult literature, books I’m reading, new books that I’ve discovered, reviews, etc. I may also add the occasional post about writing, music, or the Sabres… although they may never win another game, so there may not be much to say. 🙂

I’ll try to have at least one quality blog every week. (The first one will be posted tomorrow!) I will also have plenty of shorter posts throughout the week.

Feel free to join in the discussion and leave comments – just be aware that I need to approve them before they are published to the site. Also, if you have ideas for blog topics please let me know!

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