Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

by Ally Condie
Published: November 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Available: Amazon


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 every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.


So I was really excited about reading the sequel to Matched. I really liked Ky and near the end of Matched Cassia really started to look like she was becoming stronger, and more determined. 

Well, Crossed started off really well. Cassia is on a mission to find Ky and won't let anything stop her. She is stronger, she is more determined, she is...well, she's not smarter. She makes some really stupid decisions and there were points were I wanted to smack her across the head for her constant wavering between Ky and Xander.  

I really liked the back and forth narration between Ky and Cassia, because it shows just how differently they are thinking about things, even if they have the same end goal of being together. And just as Cassia became frustrating with her decisions, so was Ky. Ky is just trying to survive and he has very little hope that he'll ever see Cassia again, although it is the only thing he is holding on to. With him it's the rebellion and whether he should join. He doesn't want to and he doesn't want Cassia to join either. And that's where he starts his stupid decisions. 

Even though I was really frustrated with a lot of the choices the characters made, it was Condie's writing that saved this book for me. She has a very beautiful descriptive style that really lets the reader see what the characters are seeing without being overwhelming. If you liked Matched, the Crossed is a definitely read.

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