Thursday, December 8, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie (Review)

Summery from Goodreads:
"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."
 Reviewed by: Caressa
I give it: 4/5 stars
     *This review is kinda soilery so turn back now if you haven't read the book! I recommend Crossed if you've already read Matched, but I wouldn't recommend reading Matched to read Crossed or reading Crossed as a stand-alone. 

     I read Matched last year when it came out, a Christmas present from Rachel, and this year I was itching to get my fingers on the sequel to add it to my collection. Right before I pre-ordered it, Rachel told me she was getting me a copy for Christmas this year. Thanks Rachel!
     I didn't particularly enjoy Matched (although it was okay) because of the ending. My review can be seen here. Although Crossed ended in a similar cliffhanger, I really, really enjoyed the ending. Although I've seen lots of negative reviews for Crossed, I didn't hate it. The perspective change was great to read, although (as I've been spoiled by co-authored books) very similar. Even though Ky was similar to Cassia, it was interesting, as a reader, to hear the stories he had to tell or had captured in his brain.
     Matched presented a very interesting society and Crossed showed the journey of personal rebellions. I particularly enjoyed the part, towards the end, where Cassia realized she wasn't a special member of society, though she was an unusual, interesting one.
     That being said, I enjoyed Ky's story so much more than Cassia's journey. Cassia, as we know, defies all bounds and limits. Ky's internal struggle was more captivating because he was fighting against himself, which really captured the rebellion essence of the story better.
     There were so, so many moments where we got a piece of information that seemed to fall from the sky and was swatted away by the characters. There was a lot of potential in this book and it was good (in my own opinion, better than Matched). Still, I can see where this story could have burned it's brilliance into my brain and it didn't. Matched and Crossed are very good reads, but they don't really stand out to me.
     I am very much on the side of Ky in this story (romantically); to me, it seems almost like a no-brainer. What about you- Ky or Xander?

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