Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
The hotly 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
It seemed like everyone was waiting for Crossed. When I saw the cover revealed, I smiled. When I saw a copy on my doorstep, I beamed. When I opened it to the first pages, I thought . When I read on, more and more, I frowned.
Crossed, the ‘hotly anticipated sequel to Matched‘ by Ally Condie, was a disappointment. How? How could this happen? I was devasted, angry. The story moved at a snail’s pace. The plot I expected Crossed to cover was a lot less. This is one of those books that simply serve as a way to connect book one and book three. Nothing more, nothing less.
Crossed was narrated by Ky and Cassia, alternating between chapters. I liked the idea of getting inside Ky’s head, though I couldn’t exactly diffrentiate between his voice and Cassia’s.
And though I didn’t like the story, I liked Ally Condie’s writing. I don’t love it, but it certainly has a lilt and poetic way to it. And a certain character’s death was well-ppaced, filling me with sorrow and angst, just how Condie must have anticipated. But that was it. That was the only emotion I felt, other than wanting to reach the end and get to another book.
So will I continue the trilogy? Yes, I know the conclusion to the Matched trilogy will hold answers and cover much more. In a nutshell, I’d say, if you’re expecting action and adventure in the second installment to Matched, you might just end up disappointed.