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Crossed (Matched) Paperback – March 12, 2013
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and family 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?
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?
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.
I flew through it. I saw a review that it was not 'Hunger Games' good. Well, I loved the Hunger Games movie but could not get into the book. So everyones opinion is just that...their opinion!
Once I finished Matched in 2 days, I had to get this right away. My only disappointment is the way I feel really ripped off when a Kindle version costs as much as a print version. But...I really wanted to read it.
I am loving it, I am 70% done in one day. I am so grateful for the cloud reader so I can take a peek at work even when I am less busy! I think it is great, I am so glad I ignored some of the more negative reviews of it being boring or not liking that its from 2 POV's. I am just loving it.
Now, my only disappointment is that I have to wait 5 months for the conclusion!
If you liked Matched I think you will really like this book. Just please publishers, keep in mind you are not paying for hardbound or softcover books, shipping, retailers' fees for them to keep inventory, etc. Its an e-version, so please price it accordingly. If my son didnt have to read Matched, I would not have paid so much. I get free Kindle books mostly or try to limit myself to no more than $4.99 so...you would not have had a sale if it was not required by our local regional voc!