Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011)
Kindle:  367 pages / 600  KB
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.


Finally, Crossed is out. This has been a book I’ve looked forward to since the end of Matched.

Different from Matched, Crossed splits the perspective between Ky and Cassia. Alternating each chapter, Condie makes it easy on the reader by always clearly stating which perspective we’d be reading from. It was a good change. Being able to see through someone other than Cassia added more understanding of the world and of Ky. It also gave Condie a chance to show the reader how Cassia and Ky were doing apart.

The driving force behind the first half of the book was this urgent desire to see Ky and Cassia reunited. After that point, the book fell a little short of the mark. From the way the book ended, the next book will (hopefully) be fantastic and capture everything I wanted to see started in the second half of Crossed.

The writing was superb as always. Condie’s words drew me along on their journey, and made me sigh from the beauty in her writing.

A solid continuation, Crossed is a must for any fans of Matched. For those who haven’t read the series before, check out my Matched review and then go pick up both books if you’re in the mood for a good YA dystopian.


CYN’s TAKE: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(In anticipation of reading REACHED, here was my review for Crossed)

I didn’t have extremely high hopes for this sequel considering Matched was my least favourite book of the dystopia genre books that I’ve read (Matched was an okay book overall, just not as well done as the others). I was hoping however that this book might help me like the series better, unfortunately it only made me dislike the series even more.

This entire book is a long drawn-out tedious build up to the third book. It probably doesn’t help that I have no rapport whatsoever with Cassia. I don’t actually understand or even care about or like the Cassia/Ky relationship (note that I also don’t care about the Cassia/Xander relationship either). It was work to finish this book

Overall it was a useless middle book. Too bad. I think I may be even too nice giving it a 2.5 rating. The ending however did hint at a possible interesting third book. Maybe the final book can revive what little love I had for this series.


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Author: Kim

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  1. […] Review: In anticipation of reading REACHED, here was my review for Crossed which I’ve added to Kim’s review. It’s RIGHT HERE. […]

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