Author: Ally Condie (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: Matched #2
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Format: Hardcover (367 pages)
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. Summary from Dust Jacket
I started reading Crossed in September. I borrowed an ARC from my friend Emily of Emily’s Reading Room until I bought my own copy when it was released. You’re probably thinking that I must have been bored out of my mind if it took me until yesterday to finish it. That’s not the case at all. This semester has been tough on me emotionally and physically, so I didn’t have as much time to read as I wanted and when I did, I didn’t feel like reading. It was nowhere near Crossed‘s fault.
Just like with Matched, I really enjoyed reading Crossed. The book didn’t feel like a middle book to me, which is a plus. I thought there was enough progression in the story and in the characters themselves to show that the story is heading in a good direction, even if to some it seemed the characters are right back where they started. I just hope everything is resolved the way I want it to be, but what reader doesn’t want that?
I love Ally’s writing style. It’s so poetic, beautiful, descriptive, and concise. The descriptions of the setting were so vivid. I could actually imagine being in Southern Utah, Ally’s inspiration for the setting. And, even though her writing doesn’t lend to a fast-paced or action-packed story like other dystopian novels, I think her story is much more thought-provoking, which lends to more intriguing discussions and thoughts about oppressive governments.
While Matched was told only from Cassia’s point-of-view, Crossed is told from both hers and Ky’s. (It has me wondering whether we’ll get Xander’s point-of-view in the next one.) I loved getting inside of Ky’s head, getting to know him better. He’s so much deeper than I had already gathered from only Cassia’s view of him. It was also nice to learn what he really thought of Cassia. And, at the same time, knowing his thoughts of Cassia is more heartbreaking since she’s still uncertain about Xander.
When I finished reading the book last night, my first thought was that I don’t want to wait for the third book. I want to know now who Cassia chooses and what happens to the Society and everyone involved. Needless to say, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the third book’s release next year.