My Copy: ePub eBook, 256 pages Publication Date: November 1, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Source: Purchased Genre:Dystopian | Romance | Young Adult
The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy!
Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by 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 surproses from Xander may change the game. On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia’s path more twisted than ever.
Crossed continues on where Matched left off. IF YOU READ MATCHED, you know that Ky was taken by the society and now Cassia wants to find him. But can she? Crossed is told in alternating perspectives through the characters of Cassia and Ky, so the reader always knows what is happening with both. So, we know where Ky is and what he is going through while Cassia is struggling to try to find him. No mystery there. Okay, so, honestly, I only liked Matched (not loved) and I have to say that I was actually quite bored with Crossed. I know, I know, everybody just loves this series. But, I’m sorry, I just don’t. It’s not bad by any means. I’m just not into it…
The story is good and interesting. But, I found that after Matched, the initial uniqueness and creativity kind of stopped and it just turned into a typical Dystopian novel like all the rest. I don’t feel that there is anything excitingly unique about this story in the second book. I also felt that the book was really focusing on the relationship between Cassia and Ky, but it was weird because then it would kind of skip over any intimate/lovey-dovey moments. I found that strange. Maybe Condie didn’t want to have very much kissing and such things in the book because it’s a YA novel, but she still could have showed us their conversations when they were alone and things like that. I mean, she did sometimes, but other times they were skipped over. I thought it odd that it was that way after seeming to put so much emphasis on the relationship earlier, when Cassia was trying to make her way to Ky.
I don’t think that Condie did a very good job with the voices of Cassia and Ky either. I found that sometimes I would forget whose perspective I was reading from. That shouldn’t happen because characters are supposed to have separate voices, through which their personalities show. I didn’t notice distinct difference in the two narratives.
Crossed is a very quick and easy read. Maybe I’m not a huge fan of it because it’s a bit immature for my liking. I’m not sure, though. I guess I just don’t love it as much as everyone else. I’m honestly not sure if I will read the third book in the series. I just found this one uninteresting and it kind of turned me off of reading Reached. Maybe, someday, but not right away.
A Peek Inside
There’s a rebellion. Something real and organized and longstanding., with a leader.