Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie [Review]

3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Crossed by Ally Condie
Series: Matched, #2
Release: November 1, 2011
Hardcover: 367 Pages
Publisher:Dutton Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Shannon's Thoughts:
Crossed is the second installment in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. It begins a couple months after the conclusion of Matched. Cassia and Ky are both placed in the Outer Provinces by the Society. They are both preoccupied trying to find each other- They will go through any lengths to get to the other. I REALLY wanted to like this book more than I did. I really enjoyed Matched and had high expectations for Crossed. Though I did enjoy Crossed, I feel it isn’t as strong as Matched.

I had a couple issues with the story. I actually didn't feel anything from the characters here, they let me apathetic. The story alternates back and forth from Cassia's to Ky’s perspectives. Considering we are reading from a first person perspective, the characters were fairly numb about the horrible events unfolding around them. Again, it is as if I am being told how the characters felt, instead of experiencing their emotions with them as the story progresses. It’s a small distinction, but an important one. It is also a little too teen angsty for me. Lots of pining and longing. (I didn’t like the Twilight series for that reason, so take my opinion as you will). I also got tired of the poetry.  Do not go gentle. Got it.

I did like Crossed on the whole. I adored Cassia and Ky’s deepening relationship. I liked learning more of Ky’s back story. And the whole mystery surrounding the Society, the Rising, the Farmers, the Enemy is incredibly interesting. Almost nothing is known or given away about them. There are tons of secrets. This propels my curiosity and I have to finish this trilogy. I think this book is more of a bridge between the first and the third. I think I will enjoy this book more once I read the trilogy in entirety so I can see how it fits into the whole story arc.

Highly recommend Crossed to those that loved Matched. And I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone that needs a good dystopian (and love triangle!)

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Matched
2. Crossed 
3.  Untitled, November 2012

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