Friday, October 11, 2013

review: CROSSED by Ally Condie

CROSSED by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #2
Penguin Group: Dutton Children's
Released: November 1, 2011
Source: BEA
Page Count: 367

Rating: Liked it

RULES ARE DIFFERENT OUTSIDE THE SOCIETY

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's points of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.

My Thoughts

I'm sort of hoping that I end up feeling the same way about Crossed that I do about Matched. When I first read Matched, I wasn't exactly a fan. It took a few months of thinking about the premise and understanding just how invested I was in the story and the characters to realize that I actually did like the book, I had just gone in with different expectations and let those color my view of the story.

I am not a huge fan of Crossed. Hopefully just for now. It's not that I didn't enjoy the story, or that it wasn't well-written. It was. However, it just didn't do for the series quite what I was hoping. It wasn't disappointing so much as anticlimactic. After the ending of Matched, I was hoping for a little more action and a lot more answers. Instead, Crossed fell into the classic trap that many second-in-a-trilogy books fall into in which nothing really happens except for set-up for the third book. It just . . . was.

It certainly didn't help that the last page could have been referring to either of Cassia's love interests, and I won't find out which one it was for another whole year!

If you enjoyed the first book, Crossed is worth reading. However, if you can wait until the third book comes out next year, it might be worth marathoning them both together.

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