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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Source: Borrowed from Bri

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 367


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 sure 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 a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Matched and Crossed. I started and finished them both in the same day. To say that I was sucked in would be an extreme understatement. However, as to what I was sucked into, I am still not sure. It might have been the way the Society was run or maybe I was wondering about how the love triangle would play out. I don't know, and I probably never will.

Crossed is written from two points of view, Cassia's and Ky's. It seemed like it would be a great thing, especially since I had struggled through Matched wondering what Ky was thinking. I was excited to be inside of his head! But that excitement quickly turned to irritation.

Yes. The book was different. New characters were introduced (although I still don't know how I feel about Indie) and a lot of information about older characters was learned. However, since both Cassia and Ky get to have their points of view, some of the information seemed redundant. Ky would learn one thing, then a few chapters later, so would Cassia. I just wanted to yell at the book that I already knew that! It was frustrating to be reading about the same thing. I understand that both characters needed to have their input, but enough is enough.

There is also a lot of backstory that I never found. Indie, Eli, Hunter... After I was finished with the book, I still felt like there were a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up. And I know that this is not the last book, but I certainly hope that all of my questions will be answered in the next one. I feel like there will be some strings and I will only ever to be able to guess about some things...

While they are in the same trilogy, it is difficult to compare Matched to Crossed. Matched takes place inside of the Society, and Crossed takes place outside of it. The challenges are different, as are the people. It brings a new element to the story, being out of the control of the Society, but the wild is not enough to change the general concept of what is going on.

If you have read Matched, I definitely recommend reading Crossed. There's no point to give up in the middle of the trilogy, but I don't think that this is one book that I will be raving about to my friends. I'm looking forward to reading Reached simply because I want to know how everything ends up. (Uhm, Xander, anyone??) But that's pretty much it. This book met my standards of mediocre, because that was where they were set after I read Matched.


  1. I just read a review of Crossed that was a bit mediocre as well. It sounds like this is one series that just isn't for me. No love loss though, because it was never really on my must-read list anyway...sorry it left you with a lot of questions. I hate that, but lets just hope the third one will tie it up better.

    Thanks for your thoughts. :)


  2. What a great review, I definitely agree with what you said, I think sometimes middle books aren't always as good as the first and last of the series, but I am still really curious to see what Reached is like!

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