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Crossed by Ally Condie

Posted by Caitie F on December 11, 2011

TItle: Crossed 
Author: Ally Condie
Hardcover: 367 pages
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

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

Review:

I really really loved Matched. I thought it was creative, exciting, and fun to read. So when Crossed was released, I was eager to read the next step of Cassia’s journey.

And i spent over 200 pages being…bored. That is something I never felt while reading the first book. It was basically Cassia trying to find Ky and getting to see the few days go by from each of their perspectives. Even though I found it slow, I did love getting inside Ky’s head and finding out more about his past. It gave me the chance to find out why he is the way he is…and his story is heartbreaking. Getting into his head saved the first 2/3 of the book.

The final third of the book was actually really good. Not only were there tough choices and excitement, but it also showed that the rebellion that everyone was hoping for was not so idyllic. It brought back the issues with Society that were also prevalent in the Rising.

This was a perfect example of the usual problem with the middle book in a trilogy. It all just felt like set-up for the final book. I guess in that way it worked because I am really excited for the last one!

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