Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

  • Pub. Date: November 1 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 384pp 
The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy
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. 

My Review
I will start off by saying that I read Matched last year because a friend recommended it. I liked it, but didn't love it. I thought it was hard to get into and really slow, but once I did get into it, I enjoyed it. The end of it made me very curious to see where the story would go so I was pretty excited to read this one. This one pretty much started the same way for me. I was almost half way through it and I still felt that it was lacking anything really eventful. It was interesting to get to know some things, and meet some new characters, but I guess I expected more. About half way through the book things do start to happen, and it kept my interest enough. I think I was just really expecting more after the way Matched ended. Or perhaps I just wasn't in the right mind frame while reading this, and if I had read it at a different time I really would have enjoyed it more.

Cassia is at her work camp, and knows she will be getting a new assignment and will be even further from the Outer Provinces. She knows that whatever she is going to do, she needs to do it now, or risk not being able to get to the Outer Provinces to find Ky. She sneaks onto an airship that brings her to the Outer Provinces, and she starts her journey to find him. Cassia is a strong girl, and very determined. She knows what she wants and she will stop at nothing to get there. She has heard about the rising, and she wants to find it.

I wanted to love this book. I was really looking forward to it, but it just seemed really slow to me. I wanted more out of it. The story is still very interesting, and we do learn a lot. I especially like how in this one, it switches between Ky and Cassia's PoV. We get to learn a lot more about Ky and how he sees things. There is still a lot of questions left unanswered and a lot of story left to be told. I will definitely read the 3rd book in the trilogy because I do want to know where the story goes. As for this one I think I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. I did enjoy Matched as well but decided to hold off on reading Crossed until the final book comes out. That way I don't have to wait. I've heard a lot of comments that Crossed is more of a filler book so I don't mind waiting. :)

    1. Yes, to me unfortunately this book has second book syndrome. It could have been good I think, but it just was really slow and not much really happened. Good choice to wait until the final book.

  2. i have to agree with you partly, beacause well matched was hard to get into, as well as this one but i found that this book the ending was kind of more eventful for me and made it seem exciting in a way. kind of like it should have through the whole book.

  3. i don't know...i don't really like cassia...
    kinda boring to read her sory..how she love other guy when she have a fiancee...
    not my cup of tea..
    but thx u for the review...
    it's enjoying to read it :)

  4. I had the same feeling about Matched that you did - I liked it but didn't love it. I did like Crossed a lot better and I think it was because we got both Ky and Cassia's point of view. The book was a lot more interesting to me with the switching of the narrative. I am looking to the next book in the series to see what happens next!


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