14 July 2012

{Book Review} Crossed by Ally Condie

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 July 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | |
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Crossed Matched #2
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 367
Release Date: November 1st 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Rating: 2.5 Birds
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 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 a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point 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.
This is NOT a spoiler free review


Reading Pet Peeve #213: when a sequel is written and no apparent attempt to jog the readers memory of the first novel is made. I also really hate when they over explain, like to the point of retelling the whole story so that the most of the first half of a sequel is just copy/paste of book one. But that last part really doesn’t have much to do with anything right now, does it? Sometimes I think I add things just so I can read myself typing…*lol*

In the case of CROSSED I was really, really confused for most of the first several chapters of because I couldn’t remember the exact details about the ending of MATCHED. And because I was on vacation, I couldn’t grab my copy and read the last few chapters of it to clear things up. Now, it wasn’t Ally Condie’s fault I didn’t have a copy of her first novel handy, but I also don’t think that I should have to read the end of a prior book before starting it’s sequel to even understand the main/big parts of the second. The average rabid reader rips through 50-150 books a year, it makes it really hard to remember every detail of every book and truthfully, I find it the authors duty to weave in reminders.

In CROSSED we follow Cassia and Ky through alternating POVs. While Cassia trudges through life in the Outer Provinces desperately trying to find Ky, (which she does) Ky first wants to find the rebellion, then find Cassia who he believes is still back in the The Society.

It’s obvious from the jump that they will find each other, but what I wasn’t expecting was that in the end the don’t necessarily get to stay together, and I think this was really the only shocker to me. This could have very well been because I didn’t remember the details of book one clearly.

The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading, but I can’t say that it had me at the end of my seat or that I wanted to throw the book across the room when I was finished because of a nail biting cliff hanger. All in all I was a little disappointed in the sequel to MATCHED, and yes, I do feel like I would have enjoyed and been more into it if the details from book one, that were so imperative to the plot line of book two had been there.

I will definitely read REACHED, book three when it comes out. And I’m really sad that I didn’t get into CROSSED more, with how much I really enjoyed MATCHED, but I suppose I can’t really love every single book.

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