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Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie
Published by Razorbill
Series: Matched #2
Source: Review copy

Rules are different outside the Society.

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky-taken by the Society to his certain 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 rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's points 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...


I was a huge fan of Matched. I loved the characters and the world built up around them. By the end of the book I was desperate to know what happened next and see where the story went next.

Crossed takes up the story directly where the Matched left off. The story itself is really a development of the Ky and his view on the world in which he and Cassia live in. You start to see the world from his point of view and after not being a fan of his in book one I really started to warm to him especially when you see the way he sees Cassia.

The thing I found most confusing about this book was the split narrative. I didn't think their voices were distinct enough so sometimes found that I forgot whose story I was reading and had to keep flicking back to check.

The story was very very slow. I felt that nothing really happened and spent the entire book waiting for something to happen and it just didn't which is were I felt it contrasted completely from the Matched. You definitely did get the idea that the book was setting up something big for the rest of the series but I just wished something more had happened in the meantime.

In my review for Matched I described Cassia as a kick-ass Character. I felt however in this book that she was very weak as a character and again I was left hoping and waiting for her to pull something out of the bag.

Don't get me wrong I do think the series as a whole still has the potential to be good and I like the ideas that have been set up. I really feel that this instalment really suffered from being the middle book in a trilogy but I'm still hopeful the series overall will be awesome.


serendipity_viv said…
I wasn't a great fan of Matched. I found it rather claustraphobic, the way everything was so controlled. So I doubt I will be reading this one.
Zoe said…
Great review, I really want to read Matched but it has had mixed reviews...
I'm kind of stalled around 100 pages :(