Sunday, December 4, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie
2011, Dutton Juvenile
Series: Book 2 of Matched

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: I loved Matched and picked up Crossed at BEA.

What impressed me: It was a sequel to Matched! And all the characters were there! And, sadly, that's about it.

What disappointed me: Crossed is definitely one of those books that struggles with being in the middle of a trilogy. Gone was the society that I loved to read about in Matched. Gone was just about every tiny romantic element. All that was left was Cassia's quest to find Ky. Her journey through the big, bad, non-society world. It reminded me a lot of the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was a whole bunch of dragged out moving around without anything all that interesting happening. Little was revealed that made this book necessary, never mind interesting. I was very disappointed with Crossed.

Recommended: Only for fans of Matched that plan on reading the series as a whole.

Continue series: I have to. I didn't enjoy Crossed as much as I had hoped, but Matched was absolutely fantastic and I definitely need to find out how it all ends.

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