Ky and Cassia are split up as they start their lives of resistance in Crossed. Cassia is working as a laborer planning her chance to break out in search of Ky, and Ky is being used as a human shield looking to find Cassia. With some help on both ends, including that of Xander, the two escape the society and start to trek further away from the central district, and luckily they are reunited, but things have changed between them as they have both learned of an upcoming rebellion, the rising. They must now see if they can and even want to join the open rebellion against the society.
Next week we will be reading chapters 27-54 of book 2 in the series, Crossed.
Romance is in the air in the second half of Matched! Cassia and Ky’s relationship develops quickly from furtive glances to well much more than that. Their behavior seems poised for rebellion, but they also seem to have no plan to act on that rebellion. That is fine of course, but leaves your hosts confused. The two protagonists seem to be desirous of fighting the society but actually seem to have no plans or efforts to get what they want. This reading actually has some dramatic twists and turns with an ending that leaves us with a lot of questions. But that’s not a bad thing; we’re thrilled to keep reading.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-26 of book 2 in the series, Crossed.
We dive into The Society as we cover the first half of Allie Condie’s Matched. Cassia lives in a post-society utopia, and everything seems perfect when she is matched with her hot best friend Xander. Lucky them, they get to be together forever and live happily ever after. Of course, that doesn’t make for an interesting story and instead Cassia starts to fall in love with another forbidden boy, Ky. This series is the embodiment of tropes and love triangles, and we are enjoying it. Meanwhile, Cassia’s grandfather stirs rebellion in her which will probably come back more importantly later. In a society that is The Giver meets Divergent, we follow Cassia’s path and love life full of drama.
Next week we will be reading chapters 17-32 of book 1 in the series, Matched.
We finished a series today! Today we have finished Switch, and thereby the whole Savvy trilogy. Gypsy and company get their groove back and collect grandma Pat, only to be irresponsible and lose her again. The prophecy does come true because of course it has to, and Charles has plenty to say about that. Let us know if you can follow his logic and his frustration when he goes down this fortune-telling rabbit hole. Join us as we finish up our exploration of the savvy world and we have our final discussion of the characters, concept, readability etc. Did you enjoy the series as much as we did?
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-16 of Matched, book 1 in our new series, The Matched Trilogy.
It’s time for the final Savvy book and we return to the Beaumont branch of the savvy family with Gypsy as she turns thirteen as well as older brother Samson and younger brother Tuck. Just as Gypsy is getting some control over her kind of stupid savvy, some important family news rattles the Beaumonts and all savvy bearers and savvy-eligble people switch their savvies. Needless to say, this leads to some chaos. The family must learn to scumble their new savvies while trying to deal with the familial pressures of moving an unwilling grandparent into their house. The final savvy book definitely is pulling out all the stops and building up all the tension.
Next week we will be reading chapters 18-34 of book 3 in the series, Switch.
We’re back with Ledger on his journey of scumbling his explosive savvy. He and cousin Rocket start to bond which definitely helps, though Sarah Jane continues her campaign of interference. This time big bad Noble Cabot gets involved and decides to come after the savvy family ranch. Rocket and Ledger have to help each other scumble despite all the pressures from around them distracting them and preventing their growth. We have a tender and touching journey of self-acceptance and we get to learn the deep secrets of scumbling your hidden savvy as well as some important family secrets along the way.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-17 of book 3 in the series, Switch.
We’re staying in the savvy world, as we cover the first half of Scumble and follow along with Ledger Kale as he gets his savvy. Ledger’s savvy has him blowing things up and yet his irresponsible parents drive cross-country with him for a wedding. Don’t worry, we have plenty to say about that and bad parenting. Ledger and his sister then get to spend the rest of the summer on the farm of savvy family rejects for people who are failing to scumble. Ledger continues to get in trouble, mostly due to the actions of local town girl Sarah Jane Cabot. Ledger is trying to learn to scumble while also trying to keep family secrets.
Next week we will be reading chapters 19-36 of book 2 in the series, Scumble.
The craziest road trip ever continues as Mibs and colony continue to travel along in the second half of Savvy. Mibs starts to figure out her savvy and how to control it, but at this point they’ve been taken away from their parents for over 24 hours so that’s not going to end well. We follow the kids on the rest of their trip in an effort to grow up, free Lil and Lester from social restraints, and get back to Papa Beaumont which was the original point of the whole quest. We continue to enjoy the book, the family relationship, and just the whole tenor of the story so we’re thrilled to keep reading in this savvy world.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of book 2 in the series, Scumble.
New series time on Throwback Paperback! We are reading Savvy by Ingrid Law, and it’s a Charles pick that Asia likes. We are just as surprised as you are. The Beaumont family all have special gifts, or savvies as they call them, and Mibs is about to turn 13 and receive hers. Unfortunately a bunch of things go wrong, and Mibs is now on a bus traveling with her brothers, her friends, and some random adults. This book so far is heart-warming and entertaining with likable characters and a fun premise. Hopefully this enjoyment can continue!
Next week we will be reading chapters 19-37 of Savvy, book 1 in the series, The Savvy Trilogy.
It’s time for another Neal Shusterman book as we cover Full Tilt. This book was another Asia recommendation, and once again it’s a personal recommendation from Neal directly. This book is more of a thriller, and follows Blake, his brother Quinn, and his friends. They go on amusement park rides and eventually dive into a transformative psychological experience. Ultimately this book takes the protagonists on a deep exploration of trauma with a moral to melt your heart. However, this does end up catering more exclusively to a younger audience, as it leaves both hosts with a sense of lacking. How did you feel after reading it?
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of Savvy, book 1 in our new series, The Savvy Trilogy.