Dec 17, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publishing Date: November 1, 2011
Pages/Format: 367, Hardcover

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.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Good

Going into Crossed, there was one thing I really wanted: for it to be better than Matched. Thankfully, it was. Crossed bordered on being good and just okay--I put it as good because it was better, and that's something that I was really hoping for. I still do not, however, understand the hype with this series.

This book was all about finding things, and I liked that--it brought the reader on an adventure, taking them here and there, making them question what would and could happen. Will Cassia and Ky find each other? (And how many pages will it take for them to do so?) Will the Rising and its leader the Pilot be found? What's going to happen? For the most part, all these questions are answered, though the book's end brings one of them back again. Unfortunately.

What made Crossed more likable was its pace--the new characters and the new setting made it extremely easy to turn page after page, flowing nicely and quickly, but not too quickly. I don't think the book ever really took place in the Society; instead, we get to see what's going on outside, and it's not too pretty. War is waging, and young lives--too many lives--are being lost because of it, because the Society uses unwanted people to fight their problems. I'm still not sure who they're up against, the Enemy, is. It may be the Rising, but only the final book, Reached, will tell. 

In the end, I liked the differences Crossed had when compared to Matched--it just made it so much better. I just wish that better meant that it was really good or great. I can only hope that the end to the series, Reached, makes up for it all. (It's really hard to write this review, just so you know. I wouldn't necessarily call that a good thing.)

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? Not sure.
Would I purchase it? Not sure--maybe if it was on a major sale.
Would I recommend it? Depends--you might like it more than I did.

1 comment:

  1. Valid opinions. Though I do love Ally Condie to absolute bits, I get what you're saying. Good review.


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