CROSSED By Ally Condie [Review]

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I absolutely loved Matched, the first book in the series and was of course really excited to get my hands on the second book in the Matched Trilogy Crossed by Ally Condie. In fact it was the book at the top of my list to get at BEA (Book Expo America) back in May. Not only did I get the book, Ally Condie even autographed it (double win!)

Unfortunately, I hate to say it but I didn’t love Crossed as much as I loved Matched. While the first book spent a lot of time in the society and exploring the relationship between Cassia and Ky, Crossed focuses on Cassia chasing after Ky and finding herself in the Outer Provinces. But when she realizes that Ky has escaped to the canyons, she goes after him hoping to not only reunite with him but also to join the rebellion against the society.

Crossed started out really good. Each chapter switched between Cassia and Ky’s point of view and I had a hard time putting the book down because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. But then after about 200 pages it just started feeling a little long and the story was dragging a bit. And by the end, I can’t say that I was really looking forward to the next book.

I think the biggest problems that I had with Crossed was that it started to become too repetitive and the story felt like it was stuck a bit. I wonder if this isn’t part of what I call the “series phenomenon.” These days, trilogies (or book series) are the new thing to do, which not only makes it hard to keep track of all the different storylines (I confuse books all the time), but sometimes it feels like writers are forced to extend a story that didn’t really need three books to be told. And with Crossed, at some point it just felt like because of the third book, this story was spread out too much, so that there was still something left to tell in book 3. I just felt like it could have been a lot shorter and the pace would have kept up instead of getting too slow.

In addition, I found Cassia and Ky less likeable, which only added to the feeling of disappointment, especially since I had fallen in love with the characters in Matched.

Overall, I can’t say that I am enthused by Crossed the way I was with Matched. It was just ok for me. I’ll still read the last book of course, because I have a feeling that things might pick up, but if you like me loved Matched, be aware that Crossed has a different feel and tone than the first book.

If you have read Crossed, let me know what you thought in the comments. Were you disappointed the way I was? Or did you love it and totally disagree with me? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Dutton Juvenile | Pages: 384 | Source: BEA | Buy on Amazon

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