Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie (ARC)


Title: Crossed

Series: Matched Series
Book #: Two
Author: Ally Condie 
Published: 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
My Rating:  


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. (taken from goodreads.com)

After the devastating cliff hanger in Matched, I could not wait to get my hands on Crossed and devour every word. I had so many questions about the characters and the Society. Plus, would just just LOOK at that cover! I was thrilled to see they kept the bubble theme, but I think it was brilliant that they decided to have Cassia shatter the glass. It truly represents this novel and how Cassia's fierce love for those she loves forces her to rebel against conformity. 

I don't want to spoil too much for those of you who haven't read the first book yet, but in Matched, a dramatic climax leads Cassia to believe that everything she's ever known is wrong. After being separated from the one she loves most, Cassia is forced to take drastic measures. Most of the novel centers around her arduous trek through the wilderness, accompanied by a couple of rebel outcasts. While I expected the novel to be a bit more action-packed, there is plenty of drama and lyrical writing.

My absolute favorite element of this series is the poetic approach to defining love and how it affects us. Both Ky and Cassia are dreamers, constantly thinking about things in a way most of us never dream to experiment with. The novel alternates points of view between the two lovers, and I enjoyed seeing the same concepts through two different sets of eyes. Ky takes the more analytic attitude of a weather-worn survivor, while Cassia is awed by the new discoveries she encounters during her first few weeks outside of the Society. While they both appear to be very different, a common thread of lyrical writing and expressive ideals binds them together and allows the novel to flow.

I cannot reveal my favorite scene from the story without spoiling surprises, but the romance is just as touching in this sequel. However, my heart belonged entirely to Ky in the first novel. Now, I am almost equally torn between the devoted Xander and the fiery Ky. Xander's role in Crossed is much smaller than that of Matched, but Cassia is never able to entirely forget her first match. I cannot wait to see more of his endearing character later on in the series.

In all, Crossed felt like a bridge between Cassia's awakening and her role in a rebellion against the Society. I wouldn't say I loved the book, simply because it is a transition to a more action-packed third book.  If the last book in the trilogy is as wonderful as the previous two, then we are all in for a real treat!