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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)
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.
Audio CD
Published November 1st 2011 by Penguin Audio
ISBN: 1611760100 (ISBN13: 9781611760101)
series: Matched #2
I find it hard to review books that I feel very neutrally toward.  Crossed is going to be one of those reviews.
I didn’t like Cassia at all.  She was very much one-tracking it throughout the whole book.  Her singular motivation for bucking the system was to find Ky.  [SPOILER] Then, having found him, she switches her motivation to finding the Rising.  I couldn’t relate to her or to her reason for doing all that she did.  She was too empty.
Ky was the hero of Crossed.  We learned so much about him, about his life, about his reasons for doing what he was doing.  I could relate to him, felt for him, and appreciated his vulnerability as a character in the story.  What I don’t understand is why he loves the brainless, vapid, and purposeless Cassia.
There is an amazing supporting cast that I like better than Cassia, too.  Did you hear me: I don’t like Cassia.
Will I read book 3? Not sure.  Will I recommend these books.  Probably not so much.
2 Trees

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