My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First let me say that I need to take a cue from something I saw The Story Siren say, that she doesn’t read other reviews. Because in the case of this book, I wonder how much of my dissatisfaction is because I read other reviews of people that were not completely pleased with this book. I also wonder how much is because it is the “sophomore” book in the series, which often aren’t as good as the first. Let me be clear, it wasn’t bad, it was a good story, but it just didn’t live up to how much I loved the first book in the series,Matched. After thinking about it, here is why I think that is. I liked the whole society part of the first book, the 100 books, movies, songs, etc. I liked being a part of all that. This book took our characters out of that society and put them out in the wilderness basically. And while I do enjoy books like that, it just didn’t keep up with where the first story went. It reminds me of my displeasure with Mockingjay, the 3rd in the Hunger Games trilogy. I think I didn’t enjoy the 3rd book because there was no “hunger games” in it. It sounds as if the 3rd book in the Matched series may get back to the setting that pulled me in to the series in the first place. And I did like learning more about Ky, as well as about the people who weren’t in the society, and why things became the society like that. All in all I believe it furthered the story, told us what we needed to know, but I’m ready to read on and hopefully get back into the society.