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Review: CROSSED by Ally Condie

Posted by on October 28, 2011
Crossed (Matched, #2)
Ally Condie
384 pages
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: November 1st, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH

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.

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  1. Aw man. Crossed is one of my most hotly anticipated reads this year, so it sucks to hear you didn't enjoy it :( Glad I'm prepared though, so maybe… hopefully…. I will like it more now that I know not to expect an action packed sequel. I hope the third installment wins you back over!

  2. I had the same reaction to this one Hafsah! While I felt Matched was very slow as well, I thought that pace really worked in book one and I just adored it. But in this one, I kept flipping ahead to see if things picked up and they just didn't. Definitely suffered from middle book syndrome.

  3. Aw man! I was really looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for letting me know that there's not much action in this book. I'm actually more curious about her world than her characters at this point. I plan on reading it soon. Thanks for the review!

  4. Yeah, this is why I haven't read Crossed yet. I've been hearing it's boring! =/ Bummer to hear the rumor verified by you. Hopefully the 3rd book in the trilogy will go back to being as fun as Matched! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

  5. You're definitely not the first person that has said something similar about this. I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I was really looking forward to some action in this one! Sounds like this one suffers from second book syndrome…

  6. I've been hearing lots of disappointment about Crossed, which has kept me from reading it. I'm going to listen to the audiobook version and see how it goes. That's too bad that the character voices are not distinct. I agree with Jessi about second book syndrome. It's an epidemic! Hope you enjoy your next book more :)

  7. SADNESS! While I wasn't a huge fan of Matched, I was hoping there'd be more action, more something in Crossed. Sophomore slumps suck! Thanks for the straightforward review. Happier reading next time!

  8. Well that stinks you didn't like it more! I'm a bit worried but hopefully I'll be in a better mindset for the slowness and will enjoy it more. Hopefully ;)

  9. I haven't read Matched yet (and probably won't) but it's disappointing to hear that Crossed didn't live up to its hype. I often find that the second book in a trilogy isn't as good as the first or the third and it looks like this one falls right into that category.

  10. Haven't read Matched yet but I'm still disappointed to hear that this one is lacking in action when a lot of people thought the same about Matched. I will still read Matched, I think. I tend to have a pretty high tolerance for slow pacing in books, so it might not be too bad. I'll be sure not to get my hopes up though!

  11. I completely agree with this review. I did find myself liking Ky more than Cassia in this book. But the whole thing screamed filler to me and I wasn't pleased. And the whole “almost but not quite” aspect was really disappointed also.

  12. So sad you were disappointed, especially after your raving review of MATCHED. Unfortunately, I think some series need that one book that ties the 1st and 3rd installment together – even though I don't know why lol.

    I am rather curious and excited even to get into Ky's head – that should be interesting. I'm even more curious as to who dies!!????

  13. AHHHH! I'm disappointed that you didn't like Crossed! Now I'm not as excited to read it! I still want it and I will still read it but I'm not going to put it at the top of my list because it sounds like I might want to read the third one right after so that I am not as disappointed…hopefully. : (

  14. Totally agree with your review. I was so excited when I got an ARC, but pretty disappointed after finishing. As much as I love Ally Condie's writing style, Crossed was too much of a filler book. I really hope the pace speeds up in the next one!

  15. I'm with you on this one, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I am really holding out hope for the last book. In addition to getting answers, there is a good chance of more Xander, and that is never a bad thing.

  16. At first I didn't think I enjoyed this book as Matched. It was all there, but the answers weren't. Then I took a seat back to gave it some thought. The writing was still as good. I got the same characters that Matched delivered. I'm trying to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that I get everything answered in the third book. I'm crossing my fingers.

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