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Crossed Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Praise for Crossed:
“Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy… Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie’s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars… Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book.” - Kirkus, starred review
“Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic.” - School Library Journal
“This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy… Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia’s story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one.” - VOYA
“…vivid, poetic writing… Condie immerses readers in her characters’ yearnings and hopes.” - Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.
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In “Crossed”, we learn much more about how the Society came to exist as well as about the main characters’ pasts. While describing things happening in the present of the story, we are given much of the history of this world; information that we were left wondering about in “Matched”. We also learn more about the Rising, a hidden group that disagrees with the Society’s apparent belief that choices are something that only cause problems. The Rising is a group that some believe will help them to be free to make their own choices in life and will help to end the rules that the Society has imposed on everyone.
While I did enjoy this book, I preferred reading “Matched”. “Matched” made me think about and question things much more than “Crossed” did. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy “Crossed”: I did enjoy it and I am very much looking forward to finishing the series. I want to see what will happen with the Society next. Can it survive as is, or will it fall as have so many other governments that tried to control their populations?
That being said, Ky has much more of a voice in this book than in the last. Of course, Xander has less, which is sad because I love Xander. But we learn so much more about Ky, his past, how he has come to be who and where he is. There was a message of self-discovery in the first book through Cassia and that same theme is carried through this book, both in Cassia's story and in Ky's.
What I love about this series, and this book in particular, is that the YA romance is really almost secondary to the story line. It is important and present, yes, but it is not the sole focus of the story. In fact, this book was more emotionally charged than the first, but those emotions were a lot less romantically-motivated. There is a whole wide range of emotions to give characters besides love and all of the typical romantic ones and I am glad to see those explored in these characters.
Much of the book was about just that, real life. Ky's fight for survival, facing tough choices in impossible situations. Cassia's journey, too, was about survival, learning to trust, learning to trust herself. There was more at stake here than romance. There was the world as they knew it. The Carving, The Rising, saving their society from itself.
Things to love...
--The recognition that there is more to life than romance. There is real life.
--The tough choices and lessons that the characters had to go through.
Things I wanted more/less of...
--More Xander. I missed his voice in this book.
My Recommendation: No, this book didn't grab me quite as much as the first, but it is a story that still has me hooked. It certainly didn't put me off wanting to read the final book in the series, Reached.
In this book we learn a lot more about Ky and his past. We also get to know some new characters, and lose a few as well. I really want to know what is going with the Society? And who is the Enemy?????? Why put decoys out in the villages? Only to have them slaughtered? What is going on? I have a few ideas and can't wait to see what happens in book 3! And especially who she chooses in the end!
Who put Ky's name in the Matching database to begin with?
The character development is the highlight of this series. The slow awakening of their minds is an enthralling tale of discovery. The author manages to capture the struggle one would have to seek freedom in a world where comfort and provision are free. Some have reviewed this book commenting on how "nothing happens". I will not deny this. Not much happens. A lot of the book is self-analysis and walking, but that's the beauty of this novel! It's not action filled like every other dystopian book; this book is meant to be more analytical of the self-discovery of freedom that Cassia goes through. The struggle Ky and Cassia go through to fit in and find what they truly want in a Society that tells them what they should want.