Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: Matched #2
Crossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
So, I could tell you that I really loved Crossed and that it lived up to all the expectations that I had for it. But that would be lying. And everyone knows I don't do that. ;) So let's talk. Or I can talk and you can listen. If you are a masochist. Don't get me wrong, I really did enjoy this book. But, and there are a lot of buts, I just didn't feel it had the same magic that Matched did. Almost as if the author maybe was in a hurry to finish it and forgot the finer details that would have made the story spectacular. I don't know. But something was missing.
Alright, so the one thing I really did enjoy was all the new information we were given about the society. I loved learning about it. All the different jobs that people held, how it ran, the air ships, how the outer provinces worked, etc. That's the part of Crossed that I really loved. The scene setting in this book was wonderful. It was the plot itself where I got frustrated.
Even though I know Matched wasn't the most action oriented book out there, I felt Crossed was even worse. Nothing happened. It was just Cassia and Ky and sidekicks running from one place to another, trying to avoid the society. Then there would be some dialogue, they would hide something or they would sleep, and then they'd be off running again. It was just..frustrating.
So, naturally I was disappointed. Some of our questions were answered, but not many. And there were a bunch of new questions raised. Look, parts of this book I really enjoyed. But it was nowhere near as good as Matched. Simply put, I just think this was a case of suffering from the book two sophomore slump. It happens. Book three should be better. I still love Ally Condie's writing style and I still loved the characters and their voices. At least there was that.
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