Sunday, 18 November 2012

Mad Musings on: 'Crossed' (Matched Trilogy #2) by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie

The blurb:
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.

Mad Musings:
Just like the first book, I was fascinated with the idea of a 'perfect' society - one that controls every aspect of your life. It was interesting to see what happens when everything starts unraveling. I kind of wish that Ally Condie explained the past a bit more, though... Maybe in book #3, Reached? 

This story, while I enjoyed it, didn't seem to move fast enough for me - I found it dragging a few times. I don't entirely believe that Ky and Cassia should be together, as they don't seem to connect very well - it seems superficial. I guess that means I like the third part of the triangle better - Xander. I have a feeling Xander will be coming into the story a lot more in Reached, as well, so I am looking forward to reading it for that.

One of things I liked the best of Ally's writing is her use of poetry in the story - I've been curious about Tennyson lately, because of another series I've read, and now it pops up again here - seems I should go read more Tennyson!


My review of 'Matched'

On a personal note - I had the pleasure of meeting Ally Condie when the Smart Chicks tour rolled through town, and she was gracious enough to sign both my 'Matched' ARC and 'Crossed' books.   Good times, good times....


  1. Eh yeah... I mean, Matched was also quite slow, but it somehow kept your interest with the fantastic world building and writing, whereas this one sort of fell flat. But I understand Reached has been getting great reviews so I am definitely encouraged by that!

    1. That's exactly it, Aylee! it's the world building that keeps you interested. I'm so glad that Reached has been getting better reviews - I really want it to deliver what it has the possibility of doing in my head! I realllllllly want to like this series.....