Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review - "Crossed" by Ally Condie

This is the second book in the "Matched" Trilogy. 

Here is the description from Ally Condie's website (

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky—taken by the Society to his sure 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.

This book suffers in that it is the middle book of a trilogy.  At the beginning, Cassia and Ky are separated and Cassia goes to look for Ky.  This goes on for 200 pages.  Yeah, the descriptive passages lives from both Cassia and Ky's POV emerse the reader into the bleak lives and dystopic worlds.  But it gets a little long.  You just want the two to get together already.
The writing is gorgeous, just like the first book.  I especially liked how the poetry is so precious to the two of them.  Each word, each line as precious as gemstones.  Made me want to go read some poetry afterwards.


I admit, I skipped over until I found the re-union (pg 200) then went back.

But in the end, we were almost back to where we started.  I thought the book was kind of pointless.  Would have been better if parts of this book beefed up the first and last book.      So, I'm giving this book 3 stars - If you like gorgeous words, this book is for you.  But the lack of any sort of significant movement of the plot makes it a kind of waste of time.  You could sum it up in a paragraph or two and move onto the last book. 

1 comment:

  1. Good to know about this one--I've been debating about whether or not to pick it up. I kinda didn't care for the first one too much, so I'll probably put it off (or maybe just skim). Middle books are just so hard!