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“Crossed” by Ally Condie

Sunday, November 06, 2011 - Book Reading
“Crossed” by Ally Condie

Back of the Book:

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Lea’s Review on Goodreads.com:

First of all, the plot was so sllllloooowwww… like I’m talking molasses in January slow. I think that the reason for this was that the narrative was extremely reflective. I mean, you’re in the moment, and then all of a sudden, one of the characters starts reminiscing about some memory, or starts considering a leaf or a piece of grass and thinking, “Wow, how beautiful. This green leaf reminds me of the color of my Match banquet dress, and my mom and dad, and my childhood, and it’s so pretty, what a beautiful blade of grass… I think I will write a poem about it.” (read the entire review here)

Pages: 384

Published: 2011-11-01

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=2.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is the constant swapping of first person points of view. It’s distracting and, to someone like me who hardly pays attention to the beginning and end of a chapter, it’s downright confusing! The point of view swaps from Ky to Cassia every chapter. I can understand why it was done, but that doesn’t make it easily readable. Personally, I would prefer this book in the third person. Then you can switch back and forth between the two characters all you want. Also, I feel Xander wasn’t in this book nearly enough, but based on the ending, I’m guessing he’ll pretty much star in the last book.

The very best thing about this book is that it does somewhat keep the story going… And the cover is amazing! I love the cover. This book is not a difficult read, and that’s part of what keeps me from marking it any lower than I did, but it didn’t live up to my already low expectations. :-(

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, and the The Dystopia Challenge.

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