REVIEW : Crossed by Ally Condie

Friday, February 15, 2013


Author      : Ally Condie
Publisher   : Razorbill
Source      : Bought
Pages        : 367 (Paperback)

Summary from Goodreads :


Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems . . .


And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

Book trailer :

Cover Glimpse :
Like Matched, the cover is simple yet pretty and I think it tells a lot about the story inside. I also love how the color of each cover represents the tablet's order : green, blue and red. Very well integrated!

Anyway talking about book version, apparently the version I have is the UK one, so it is not in the same height as the other book in this series, my Matched and Reached are in US hardback. Kinda makes me sad =(

Review :
Because I was not really into Matched, after I read the blurb I was thrilled with Cassia's journey outside the Society, I thought it would be more exciting than before. I was also excited to read the story from Ky's side, how to learn his visions and thoughts and also to dig more about this mysterious boy. I was hoping this book would not be another second-book-syndrome, would be more entertaining for me and finally I could get connected to this series like others did. But again, I think I expected too much. It doesn't mean I fully disliked this book, I still found some parts quite interesting though. Just, well, I could not be sure whether I liked this book or not.

The plot is obviously developed in Crossed. I especially quite enjoyed Ky's POV, a lot of tension and horrifying atmosphere since he's placed at the Outer Provinces in the middle of the 'war' and we also introduced to some of new characters from his side. We also see how Cassia struggles and takes a long (actually, very long one) and dangerous journey outside the Society to find Ky. But then, I realized Crossed has similar issue as Matched. The story moves very, painfully, slow. Reaaaaally slow until I felt I was lost and bored sometimes, and for some reason I didn't really get what's the point Condie wants to tell. Somehow this book was like a patchwork, some new things and characters randomly 'patched', undeveloped and made me confused almost the whole time. It was really easy to get distracted with other thing while I read this book because, yeah, I didn't find things that could excite me.

Probably if you like Matched, most probably this book would satisfy you enough. Personally I can't tell which one is better, both is pretty similar in pace (which is reaaaaaaally slow, yes) and both also made me confused many times. And you may ask why I give this book 3 glasses, actually it's more like 2.75, if I ranted so much about it. I don't know, I just feel wrong if I gave it lower rating than it is now. So yeah, hope the third book would be better. Hopefully =)


Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I loved Matched but I never was able to finish this one. I want to go back and try again so I can finish the series and read Reached as well.

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