Crossed, written by Ally Condie, is the second installment in the Matched Trilogy and continues the story of Cassia and Ky. It saddens me to say that this book did not live up to the expectations I had for it.
But before I talk about the problems I had with the book I’m going to talk the good things that are in the book.
I think that Condie is a pretty good word smith. The way she describes setting or how people are acting is vivid, though sometimes it can bog down the story. It was also nice to hear Ky’s voice in this book and learn more about his back story. The inclusion of new characters was a nice thought. I also like that the first page of this book is Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
Now for some of the problems I’ve found in this book.
Let’s start of with the plot. Part of me wants to say that there is no plot but I know that’s not true. There is a plot; a very slow-not-that-interesting plot.
The plot is basically Cassia and Ky trying to find each other in the Outer Provinces and then finding this rebellion. And that’s it. That is not enough to fill a 367 page book. Ky and Cassia don’t meet up until the book is more than half over! And nothing in that book is interesting enough to really hold the reader’s attention.
Now on to the characters! All of the new characters seem pretty hollow and one note. Though I was starting to like Vick. But over all they were lame, Eli added nothing and I got real tired of Indie really fast.
Also, Cassia and Ky have the exact same voice. Literally the exact same voice. Sometimes I forgot who was narrating the chapter.
So overall the book was boring and disappointing and the end made me mad. It was so hard to get through too.
My Rating: 2.5/5