27 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Crossed (Matched) by Ally Condie

I really loved the first book in this series. My daughter and I read this book at the same time and talked about it after. We both agreed that, while it was okay, it definitely lacked some of the oomph from the first novel. It appeared to drag on at times and I just wanted them to get on with it already. There were several times that we both just spent a few days reading something else because it droned on so badly.

This book also suffers from confusion. The changing narration between the two characters is not well executed and is confusing. The problem is that the author failed to separate the voices of the two characters properly. They sound the same and there were several times I would forget whose turn it was and had to go back or try to figure it out. The storyline just did not lend itself well to this layout. My daughter several times got the storylines mixed up while we were talking and we had to refer back to the book to figure out what she was talking about.

So.. there’s that. BUT, it was still a good overall story. It suffered from the same problem that a lot of “2nd books” do. It tried to hard to pull the first book into the second and set up the third book. It was more of a gateway to book three and it just felt stilted and too much at times.

We’re still looking forward to book three to find out what happens next, but it’s not with the same fervor as we moved to book two.

Recommended for fans of Matched. Just go into it knowing you’re basically only looking to bridge it with book 3.

Description:
The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy!

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by Society to his certain death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life . . . and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surproses from Xander may change the game. On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia’s path more twisted than ever.

Look for the epic series finale, REACHED!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2013: 46

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