Saturday, 12 January 2013

(52 books: week 2) Crossed, Ally Condie & Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

'Crossed' by Ally Condie + 'Far from the Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy


This is the second book of the year and the second book in a series. I often find that as a series goes on the books become less exciting, more predictable and I just read them because I want to finish the story. Crossed is a little like that… Being longer than the first book in the series I found it more long winded and slower. However, I didn’t predict what would happen at all and was surprised with the ending – just a heads up, it's ridiculously open-ended obviously making room for the 3rd book in the trilogy. However I have enjoyed reading the next installment of Cassia’s story and now I have to wait till March (and my Birthday) to get the 3rd book. Now, here’s a little summary.

Cassia has been sent to the Outer Provinces and only has one goal in mind, to find Ky. After escaping from the clutches of the Society with new ally Indie, Cassia finds herself in the carving – an ancient form of rock, stones and canyons. What she doesn’t know is that Ky has also escaped and is just ahead of her with Eli and Vick – newcomers and friends. As they both search for each other Cassia discovers the Society is in the carving, that Xander - her match - has a secret and that there are much worse things in life than being reclassified. Ky, however, struggles with the prospect of never finding his love again, discovers that Vick has an interesting past and that his father was not always right. Once they do find each other, Cassia and Indie are desperate to find ‘The Rising’ (the rebellion movement) but Ky is not so sure. As the rain sets in the team must make a decision about where they shall go next.

'Starters', by Lissa Price, or if you want to buy it now.
'Beautiful Creatures' by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, or if you want to buy it now.
'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner, or if you want to buy it now.



You would be surprised at the similarities Hardy has with modern novels, except he's one up on them. Some think Hardy is dreadfully boring, but for once do not judge the book by its cover (for the cover is horrifically dull) and read on. I personally think Hardy's books are jam-packed with drama, satisfying that girly need for something scandalous to happen. His one up? He doesn't just rely on plot. His stories are always beautifully crafted, and lovely to read and learn from. So, what's this one about?

It centres around Bathsheba Everdene (strange first name, beautiful surname, and quite funny how it's similar to the main character of the Hunger Games' last name) who is pursued by farmer Gabriel Oak (beautiful, beautiful name- I may have fallen entirely in love with the character just based on his name). Yet, this is not the only tie of love for one comes to meet Sergeant Troy and the quieter Mr. Boldwood. Needless to say, Bathsheba is very busy being pursued. It's a gripping story in its own right without the ridiculous plot twist of some more modern twists, but with enough turns to make you gasp out loud.

'Indiana', by George Sand, or if you want to buy it now.
'Tess of the D'urbevilles', by Thomas Hardy, or if you want to buy it now.
Note: The books I've recommended as similar reads, aren't as similar as the ones recommended last week, I just don't like stating a book to be similar if I haven't read it, so I decided to list these books because they share that similar writing style, and the same level of 'drama'.

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