Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Lizzie     Jan 15th, 2013     Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction     0 Replies

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 367 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: Purchased
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525423656
ISBN-13: 978-0525423652

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.

Haven’t read Crossed? Start here.

Wow. What a book.

I liked Matched a lot but it was never my most favorite book. It wasn’t what I expected or hoped for. It didn’t have action; it focused mainly on the romance. And while I enjoyed that romance, the lack of action disappointed me a bit. And as always happens when I read a book I only liked, I was nervous to read the sequel, pushing it back on my to-read until quite a time after Reached was released.

I don’t know why I did this.

Crossed is the perfect sequel: more action, a perfect balance between romance and action scenes, better than the first in so many ways. The writing also became even better, which, if you have read Matched, didn’t seem possible. The one thing that has always struck me about Ally’s writing was how lovely and pleasant the words are. Personally, I’m obsessed with words and her writing makes me appreciate them that much more.

The setting of Crossed was so gorgeous. I never really thought of myself as lover of canyons and deserts but after reading this, I’m so fascinated by them and I would love to visit the Grand Canyon, like immediately, thank you very much. I absolutely loved the idea behind the Carving and (possible spoiler!) the Society has tried capture it over the years. The village reminded me of my favorite book from my elementary school days, The City of Ember, which I absolutely loved.

There were points where I felt it dragged a bit, though. Especially about 3/4 of the way through, I got a bit bored. I feel like Ally knew where it may have dragged, because I found that when I was getting annoyed with the book, something new or interesting or twisty would happen and move the story along. Which, you know, is very much appreciated.

Crossed is a sequel not to be missed. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? The first book, duh! Read the first book then! I promise you’ll enjoy it. =)


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