Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: Crossed

Author: Allie Condie
Series or Stand-alone: 
             Book 2 of Matched Trilogy
How I got it:
             Given as Gift by Personal Friend at Scholastic
Pages: 367
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian/ Romance
First Published: November 1, 2011
First Line: “I'm standing in a river. It's blue. Dark blue. Reflecting the color of the evening sky.”
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The GIST (From Goodreads): 

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.



Warning: Mild Spoilers from Book 1 Matched (my review)

Crossed leaves off after Cassia and Ky both go to the Outer Provinces separately. Cassia has been separated from her family and Xander on her search for Ky. She has no plan; no clue of where Ky might be but she is determined to find him. With the help of a new find named Indie, Cassia goes on a dangerous search for Ky.

As for Ky, he is living as a human decoy; meant to attract the enemies of the Society into believing the Outer Provinces are more populated than they are-- the Society has been sending aberration children to work fake jobs and, ultimately, be killed by some unknown force. I wish who the Society was fighting had been more explained. It almost seemed like a sense of danger was needed to amp up the story so a war was casually added. The main plot seems to be Cassia and Ky fighting to stay together and change the Society-- so why add a war with it?

Anyway, Matched was told in Cassia's POV and Crossed is told in alternating chapters of Ky's and Cassia's point of views.  Although I usually like this type of construction and I did like hearing what Ky thought, I didn't feel as if I was looking through a boy's eyes- more like a what a girl wants a boy to think like. However, Ky surprised me. I thought he would have been take charge and confident when instead he preferred to be left out of the decision-making. Even though he kind of whined a little, I liked how he had a vulnerable side and showed that he was scared.

As for the romance in the story (some may say the most important part), Ky and Cassia’s desperately missed each other and their feelings of longing reverberated through the entire story- though I still don't think their relationship was ever deep enough to warrant their attachment. Anyway, I loved the scene where they finally do find each other.

Xander shows up once in the book but, nonetheless, is a large part of the story because both Ky and Cassia are always thinking about him. The ending seems to say that Xander will play a larger role in the next book.

A problem I had with the story was that, after all the problems and the danger to find each other, Ky and Cassia give each other up so easily at the end. They don't even say goodbye to each other. Cassia is much too interested in the resistance to even care about Ky by the end.

A lot of things didn't add up in the end or weren't explained. We don't find out who put Ky's name in the matching ceremony. Cassia, though probably an aberration now, can easily return to society after she joins the resistance.

So I was confused and disappointed by the ending.

The ending was a bit of a let down and the overall romance lacked energy but I still want to see how it all ends.----5.0