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Crossed (Matched Trilogy) Audio CD – Audiobook, November 1, 2011
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That said, I thought Crossed was a far stronger novel. In it, Cassia has determined to risk everything in order to find Ky. The story is told in chapters alternating between their two viewpoints, and Crossed is far more action-packed and fast-paced than Matched was. Cassia and Ky are both challenged in ways they have not been previously, and we learn more of who they are as they rise (or fail to rise) to these challenges. Several of the characters from the first novel are off-stage in this one, but new characters are introduced. Unlikely alliances are made. Stakes are raised. Cassia and Ky are growing up fast, and their relationship is both maturing and tested in this book. And while this volume focuses primarily on Cassia and Ky, don't write off Xander. He is still very much a part of the story. I expect we'll see a lot more of him soon.
I was somewhat ambivalent about continuing on to this second book, but I am now looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy. Condie has done a good job setting up the endgame. With luck, the third will be the best yet.
In my review of Matched, I made a mention of the fact that I was "eager" to read Crossed "despite" the reviews I had read. And I was, I really was. The problem? I should have listened when every single one of them said-in one way or another-that nothing happened.
Alright, I'm getting quite snappy and far ahead of myself. I was excited to pick up Crossed, because I thought Matched carried so much promise. Before 100 pages had gone by, however, I was quite disappointed. My first shocker was that the book kept switching back and forth between Ky and Cassia as narrators. Yes, yes, I see that the blurb mentions that, but I didn't read it before I dove right in. I probably should have, but what can I say? The back and forth got quite choppy in places, and as Ky and Cassia met up again it got fairly bulky. Some of those chapters seemed like they were just thrown in so that a chapter break could be had in between (mostly) Cassia's viewpoint.
My second problem was the apparent ADD the book had developed. Now, I don't mind flashbacks when they're done properly but this...wasn't it. Both Cassia and Ky were jumping in and out of the past and present with almost no warning, leaving my jolted out of the writing and thoroughly confused. This was heavily prevalent in the front of the book, disappeared in the middle and showed up once or twice again in the end. It was a very, very messy use of flashbacks that left me rather annoyed.
The thing about Crossed is that it really wasn't a book. Sure, there was a vague plotline taking place, but if I was being kind I'd call it filler in between Matched and the final and yet untitled third book. It was barely even that.Read more ›
The author makes some efforts to continue to inject some romantic tension into the story, but it seems token at best. In Matched, this generated most of the suspense of the novel, and without it here, the plot seems to meander along aimlessly. This was not a compelling read, and I find myself not caring very much about what happens to Cassia and Ky. The book is told in alternating perspectives between the two, and their voices were so without character or depth that I often had a hard time remembering who was speaking. There's not much world building going on in this installment, and few surprises. A bit more action was needed and a bit less "navel gazing". I hope the author is able to produce a story line that is a bit more dynamic to wrap up this trilogy. It certainly has potential.
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I bought this for my teen granddaughter, who said it was an excellent read.Published 14 days ago by PenderRedHed
Didn't quite catch my attention like the first but once it picked up the pace I couldn't put it down.Published 16 days ago by April C.
This is such a complex series I cannot put it down! I love the plot, and the characters but even more I am obsessed with the words in this book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by kamdoug
Crossed by Ally Connie is a Kindle book I began reading in early June. Full steam ahead with the dystopia triangle that is Cassia/Ky/Xander. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kristine Fisher
Sequel after Matched
A good continuation of Matched.The beginning wasn't really a hook, but it got better. Will read #3 in the series.
Pretty good read. More depth from all the characters in this book, and it's nice that Cassie gets stronger. Would have liked a little more XanderPublished 1 month ago by Alohagirljam