July 20, 2012

Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Book Review: Crossed by Ally CondieCrossed on November 1, 2011
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover

The long-awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.
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.

This review may have spoilers for book 1, Matched. The review can be found here.

Cover Review: I like the cover. It shows that Cassia is finally escaping the Society (hence the girl punching the bubble, which is like the Society).
Main Character(s): Ky Markham and Cassia Reyes

Story: Since Cassia got herself into the work camps, she met a girl named Indie. They end up escaping into the Carving to try and find Ky. Ky has found someone as well-Vince. Cassia and Ky end up finding each other, as well as a young boy named Eli and a man named Hunter. Together, they set off to find the Rising.

My favorite part was when Ky and Cassia were reunited. They were finally together again! It was definitely the most cheerful part of the story.

Characters: My favorite character would still have to be Ky. I feel like he’s the most interesting character. He has the wildest history out of all the characters as well.

Indie was enjoyable. She knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it.

Cassia was the same. She knew that she wanted to find the Rising but she wanted to stay with Ky as well. Ky wasn’t the biggest fan of the Rising, since he knew some things about it that have happened in the past.

Eli reminded Cassia a lot of her little brother, so he stayed with them as well. Hunter was picked up along the way. His daughter, Sarah, had died and he didn’t have anyone left.

All in All: It was definitely a good book. I found myself getting bored a few times, but I can’t really say that it’s true because Ally Condie’s writing is amazing. I would definitely suggest starting this series. If you’ve read Matched, you should definitely pick up Crossed. Reached, the final book in this trilogy, comes out this fall.

Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Photo, summary, and info at top were all found on Goodreads.

  1. Briana says:

    I loved Matched and started this one earlier this year, only to have to set it aside unfinished because of school (Grr!!). I'd heard negative things, but I'm glad that wasn't the case for you.

    Great review! 🙂

  2. I agree – I found Crossed almost verging on boring at times but I did find that Ally Condie wrote very beautifully 🙂

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