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Crossed by Ally Condie
Dutton Juvenile, November 1, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:
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.Um, I have been waiting for this sequel since Matched was released. And when I started reading it...I was completely lost. I had almost NO recollection of Matched at all. I'm not alone, either--a fellow librarian said the same exact thing to me: "I remember loving Matched, but I can't remember anything about it."
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.
So, it's with some trepidation that I admit...that I didn't really enjoy Crossed at all. I felt that there was very little action in this book, and I spent so much time trying to figure out how this book went along with Matched. This entire book revolves around the Rising, which is cool and all, but it's just SO different from the first book. Plus, Cassia started to annoy me. "I love Ky and would cross the earth to be with him. But I need to have Xander, too!' I dunno, as with most love triangles (Twilight), I just don't see why the female is so awesome that she has two guys fighting over her. Not that Xander and Ky are fighting over her, but you get my point.
So, yeah, I felt there wasn't that much movement in this book--except that I really love Vick as a character (VICK!!)--I really got the sense that Crossed is a space-holder for Book 3. Which of course I will be reading, but I'm hoping it's more of Matched and less of Crossed.
Those of you that loved this book, tell me what I missed!
Borrowed book from the library.
Enjoy your reading!