This is my 50th book review! *confetti*
Crossed is written by Ally Condie. It was published in 2011 by Dutton Books. It is the second book in the Matched trilogy. My review of the first book can be found here. The third book, Reached, comes out November 13, 2012. Condie’s website can be found here.
Slight spoilers for Matched.
“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 rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
“I don’t know the village itself but I know the area. The field we walk is orange-sanded and black-rocked, yellow-grassed with plants that grew green this summer. There are fields like this one all over the Outer Province. But I still know exactly where I am because of what I see in front of me.
There it is on the horizon—the landmark of my childhood.
From where we are now, I can’t see all of it—just pieces of red or orange sandstone jutting up here and there. But when you get closer—when you reach the edge and look onto the Carving—you realize that the stones aren’t small at all. They’re the tips of formations as large as mountains.
The Carving isn’t one canyon, one mountain, but many—a network of interlocking formations that goes on for miles. The land rises and falls like water, its high jagged peaks and deep slot canyons striped with the colors of the Outer Provinces—gradation of orange, red, white. In the faraway stretches of the Carving the fire colors of the sandstone grow shadowed with blue from distant clouds.”
Warnings: Kissing, death/violence/war
Recommended Age Range: 14+
What I Liked:
I enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduced. Indie I particularly like because it seems that she will be the person who breaks apart the love triangle that was starting to form (oh, that Dreaded Love Triangle). I’m excited to see what Condie does with Indie in the final book and if Hunter and Eli make an appearance.
The writing, while not as beautiful as Lauren Oliver’s, was supplemented by poems (Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into this good night” in the first book, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” along with a few Emily Dickinson poems, in this one) that gave the writing a poetic feel.
I’m very curious as to the wording Condie used in the last chapter. Is the “he” that Cassia refers to Ky or Xander? Mysteries, mysteries…
What I Didn’t Like:
Nitpicky: The summary on the inside flap states: “But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.” Xander was in the book for a total of about 15 pages at the very beginning. The ONE surprise (not plural) wasn’t even that “ingenious.”
Nothing happened in this book. I can sum up this book in five sentences: “Ky runs away to the canyons. Cassia and Indie run away to the canyons. Cassia and Ky meet up and can’t keep their hands off each other. They travel through the canyons. Cassia, Ky, and Indie join the Rising and Cassia and Ky are separated once again.” That’s it. It took Condie 367 pages to describe what took me five sentences. I thought Matched was low on the action, but this book is ten times non-action-less. I did still enjoy reading it, but the lack of Things That Happened was irritating. I really hope that Reached can deliver on the much-missed action, or I might write off this series as a failure.
Oh, and Ky and Cassia were the type of the couple that you hate to be around. You know, the ones who kiss every five seconds and are constantly touching each other. Yes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
While Crossed introduces some interesting new characters, it fails to deliver on action and as a result can get very tedious. In my opinion, it’s a step down from the first book in the series and makes me want to re-evaluate Matched in light of Crossed. Reached will need to be near perfect in order to have me come back to this series.
Coming Up Next: Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway