Crossed by Ally Condie

Posted May 2, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Crossed by Ally CondieCrossed by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1
Also in this series: Matched, Reached
Published by Dutton Books on November 1st 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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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.

Main Points

I really like this one. I felt it had a deeper element to it. While the first book was about Cassia and Ky trying to be together, in this one they have to work on their emotional distance. This book has a lot more misfortune and it’s harder (emotionally) to read.

Also very important is that we see Ky’s perspective a lot more clearly—it alternates POVs. We learn a lot about his past. His character really takes shape—it feels like this book is more about him than Cassia.

Also, I didn’t like Indie. I could understand her perspective a bit, but I did not like or trust her.

I feel like one of the main themes of this series so far is the ability to create. The reason people are unique—the reason Cassia loves Ky so much—is the ability to create. In a society where everything is regulated—thus the same—there is little to no natural creativity, and that’s why it’s valued so much. Cassia envies Ky’s ability, and him teaching her to write was likely what brought them together in the first place. Also, the ability to create allows you to leave behind a greater, more tangible legacy when you die. It’s important.

So while the first half of the book is them trying to find each other, once they do, their relationship takes second stage to Cassia’s obsession with the Rising, which Ky doesn’t like/trust. It’s very likely the biggest wedge between them. And I absolutely hate the ending. View Spoiler » Personally, I agree with Ky about the Rising. It seems that it would be a much easier life, for at least them personally, to join the farmers.

Curious how it will wrap up.

What I really do love is how these books revolve around poetry. It really sticks with you—and it’s so romantic.

Do not go gentle into that good night…


About Ally Condie

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Overall: four-stars


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