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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crossed by Ally Condie

Guess what? Ally Condie and her dystopian world are back! (Yes, I’m aware it’s been a few months since the book came out, but better late than never.) So if you don’t want to be totally spoiled on what happens if you haven’t read the 1st book, Matched already, DON’T READ BEYOND THIS POINT. Instead go read Matched already. Honestly, what are you waiting for? It’s the new thing.

So here’s what goes on: Cassia has made her way to the Outer Provinces. Now that she’s chosen to pursue Ky after rejecting a future inside The Society with her official Match, Xander, Cassia has no way of predicting the dangers that are to come. She escapes into the canyons in hopes of finding Ky, but she is searching for something else as well. When an Archivist slips her a piece of information, new hope swirls through Cassia. She learns of The Rising, or the rebellion against the Society. But if she is to find Ky or The Rising, she will need to venture out farther and learn more than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, Ky is in pursuit of Cassia as well. He too escapes into canyons, his sole goal to reunite with his lost love.

But if Cassia and Ky are to ever meet again or take down The Society, they will have to endure things they never anticipated. Like new allies, surprises from Xander along the way, and the crossing, twisting paths that lead them to their destiny- whatever that may be.

Let’s face it: Ally Condie could have really screwed this up. A survival story of two people desperately seeking each other as they travel through the wilderness? Boring and cliché. But she didn’t screw this up. Not at all.

I won’t say the beginning grabbed my attention right away, at times it was dull. But once it did, I was hooked. Unlike Matched, which focused on Cassia alone, Crossed alternated points of view, from Cassia to Ky. The new insight on Ky added a whole new dimension to the story. We learn more about his past, his ambitions, and his intense love for Cassia.

No, seriously. There were times when I wanted to scream, “Will you two just find each other already? I’m sick of you poetically describing how much you yearn for each other!” However, once the romantic plotline of the story hits its much-anticipated point *cough-cough, hint-hint* Allie Condie gobs on romance scenes so thick I had to laugh. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy them though, and I’ll admit the whole thing with where they whisper poems to each other in the dark and their lyrical inner thoughts were quite dazzling.

Even if it didn’t have the love story it would have still been really cool. The Rising was this big urban legend they uncovered, and a few of the secrets that are revealed about the characters made me gasp out loud. (I love it when that happens!) The new characters that were introduced were great with interesting background stories. I thought the resolution was genius and I cannot wait for the final book in the trilogy. I can see the potential it has now…oh, and I’ll bet you anything that Cassia will be wearing red and breaking right out of that bubble on the next book cover.

A lovely work that is a melodic blend of poetry and prose. Great suspense, good romance, and it is very unpredictable. Definitely worth your time.
4.5/5 stars

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