Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

CrossedCrossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Revisiting characters in a series can be likened to visiting a favorite relative. You know them so well, and expect them to make you feel a certain way when you are around them. Sometimes, there is something different about them. They don’t inspire the expected emotions and you feel a little bewildered. The characters in Crossed did that to me.

Synopsis: Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by the Society to his sure death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

This book is well-written. I found no fault with Ally Condie’s skills, but Crossed didn’t hold me captive as Matched did. Part of the reason is that it’s written from two points of view, Cassia and Ky. The chapters alternated, and at times it became difficult to get into a groove.

This installation of the series centered on growth as humans and experiencing true freedom for the first time. If Condie wanted readers to feel as if they had been dropped into an unfamiliar world just as Cassia had, she did a splendid job. However, it created a disconnect for me; again, I think it hinged on the point of view hopping. There wasn’t enough time with one character to truly get into their heads, to feel their emotions.

New characters are introduced, while some from the first book are only mentioned briefly. All the clues are there; bread crumbs strewn from the first book to this one. Just enough information is revealed to make the reader wonder what will happen next.

I look forward to Reached, but I’m not desperate to read it. The tenuous bond I formed with the characters in Matched, wasn’t solidified in Crossed. The final book must pull some magnificent punches, or I’ll feel cheated of the time I’ve spent with this trilogy.

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