Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

Title:  Crossed
Author:  Ally Condie
Genre:  Young Adult/ Dystopian
Publisher:  Penguin (Imprint: Razorbill)
Publication Date:  10th November 2011
ISBN:  9780141333069
Stand alone or series:   Matched #2
Pages:  374 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia (Publisher)
First Lines:  I'm standing in a river.  It's blue.  Reflecting the colour of the evening sky.  I don't move.  The river does.  It pushes against me and hisses through the grass at the water's edge.

Possible Spoilers if you've never read Matched

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.

My Thoughts:
Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy about a girl called Cassia whose life has been set out for her right from the beginning.  The meals you eat, the person you love, even when you die all gets determined by the Society.

Whereas Matched was told from only Cassia's point of view, in Crossed we get to see from Ky's POV as well.  It helps balance the story out when Cassia sets out in search for Ky, and it also helps point out what each of them are feeling.  There are a few chapters throughout where I found it hard to distinguish between the two but because I was quite absorbed in the story some parts aren't as noticeable.

Crossed does also start out quite slow, and I found it a little distracting in the beginning up until just before she leaves for another work camp.  I guess I was a little disappointed that it didn't captivate me as well as the first book but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this once I got through the beginning.

There are some little twists and turns that pop up throughout the story and I didn't expect some of these.  I like the fact that Cassia is starting to grow more of a backbone but it's not so much that she is stepping out of her character.

For those of you that have read Matched, Crossed is an interesting instalment to the trilogy but don't set your expectations too high.  I still kind of feel like this is a stepping stone but maybe that is just me.  I do look forward to reading the next one in the series to see where Ally takes the characters.

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