Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

A worthy sequel to my favorite YA of 2010.

Since every synopsis I write myself contains a boatload of spoilers, and had to be deleted, I'm leaving the main points to Penguin's professionals. 

Synopsis:
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


While some series tend to simply continue the story, Ally Condie has created entirely new challenge in CROSSED.  Cassia and Ky are still very much the same, but they know more...and less...about the Society and what's beyond its borders.  Xander (oh, Xander) also plays a role in this book, which left me a bit breathless.  It's a puzzle, and we're all trying to figure out the pieces.  Everyone has secrets to hide and lies to tell.    In the meantime, Cassia and Ky need to find one another.

The chapters alternate between Cassia and Ky, so the reader is given access to what each of them are doing.  While I usually feel that this writing method is overdone, especially in YA, I feel like it fits here because each character has their own quest, their own story to tell.


CROSSED is the second part in Ally Condie's Matched series. I absolutely flipped for MATCHED, which was my pick for the #1 Young Adult book of 2010 (For original review, click HERE).  For this reason, I was a bit afraid to read CROSSED.  While I preferred MATCHED, I feel like CROSSED is a worthy sequel and I can't wait to read the third book, which will be released in November 2012.  (I have a long time to wait!)


"Love changes what is probable and makes unlikely things possible."

Book Extras:
Ally Condie's Website, Twitter
Matched Website
Pengin Young Readers You Tube Page





About the Book:
  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 367 pages 
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 0525423656 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423652


  • About the Author:
    Ally Condie received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.


    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

    4 comments:

    Zibilee said...

    I am on hold for Matched on audio at the library, and can't wait to read it. It sounds like a wonderful series, and I am glad that you enjoyed this second book. Great review today!

    bermudaonion said...

    It's great to see the series has remained strong. Now I need to read Matched!

    Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    I haven't started this series yet. I had better do that soon. :)

    Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

    Ally Condie is such a nice person - she's said that she wants to keep teaching AND writing (not give up teaching to write full time).

    Like you did in this review, I prefer to leave the synopses to the professionals :)

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