Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crossed by Allie Condie

by:  Allie Condie
published by:  Dutton Juvenile
publish date:  November 1, 2011

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.

Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.

The YA trilogy rears its ugly head again!  This is one of those times when it's just not working.  Crossed could have been condensed into a couple of extra chapters at the end of Matched or the beginning of Reached (which will be the title of book 3).   But the publishing company would have lost out on how many book sales?

Crossed wasn't terrible.  It's just that it didn't really go anywhere.  Ky runs away to the desert.  Cassia runs away to the desert.  They find each other in the desert.   They love each other, but Cassia still has a bit of feeling for Xander and Ky still has a bit of an issue with it.  They find stuff that helps them find the rebellion.  They join the rebellion.  That's pretty much the whole story.  I told it in one paragraph.

If you read Matched, you'll have to read Crossed I'm sure to know what's going on in Reached.  Is it worth it to start the series?  I'd say so, I like it pretty well.  The last book is slated to come out this year, so you won't be sitting around waiting forever for it to wrap up.  They're quick, easy reads.  I recommend the audiobooks, they're well done.


Bookworm1858 said...

I completely agree that this book was unnecessary. I think Condie was trying to do something with the language (maybe a poetic quality) but it just did not work for me. I am undecided if I will bother to pick up Reached when there are so many other more promising books out there.

Autumn Crochet said...

I agree with you about the poetry. There was a lot of it in Crossed. I will probably pick up Reached, if for no other reason than to just finish out the trilogy and see what happens.