38 Book Challenge

Book #5: Crossed

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
# of Pages: 367
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Series

I seem to be finishing the majority of my books at the plasma center lately…it must be because I have nothing else to distract me, like our laptop or Matt. I debated whether I should put off reading Crossed until the release date for the third book in the trilogy was closer (it won’t be out until later this year), but I just couldn’t wait.

When you gotta know, you gotta know.

Crossed continues to follow the story of Cassia from where she left off in Matched (see my review for that first book in the trilogy here), and I’m kind of wondering how much to tell of the plot since I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Let’s just say this–after her twisted love triangle thing finally leads Cassia to realize that the society in which she lives is, well, awful, she decides to go out and take her chances and try to find the gathering rebellion group (otherwise known as The Rising). Her divided feelings of love become less complicated in this second novel, but she also discovers that loving one person can be complicated enough.

Condie makes a pretty significant change in this second book because she goes from just narrating the story from Cassia’s point of view to narrating it from both Cassia’s AND Ky’s point of view (Ky is the one who Cassia was accidentally “matched” with from the first book—kinda). The double narration at times made the plot seem a little more choppy and confusing, but it also gave the story more depth than before, probably because Ky’s character is more complex than Cassia’s. While parts of this book seemed a little slow, I’m interested to see how Condie is going to handle wrapping everything up in the final book, and it was overall a fun read.

I’m curious to see if this trilogy will take off like The Hunger Games did, since they both play on the dystopian society/love triangle thing. Except this one has less violence in it. Mostly, anyway. I think if they did a movie of this series, they could probably mush all the books together into one long film. Of course, I think that’s what should have been done with Hunger Games (considering that it’s basically the same story written 3 times), but I digress.

Anyhow, this series is fun and engaging, and I’m excited for the last book to come out. If you have read this series, I’d love to know what you think.

Now comes the waiting…

My Rating: 4 Stars

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