Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: Crossed

Book Review:
Crossed (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie

384 pages
Published November 1st 2011 
By Dutton Juvenile

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.

Crossed is a wonderful read. The pacing is slow yet deliberate. The story has us racing towards a goal, but takes time to show us what is at stake and then to reflect on what has already been lost. For Cassia, her one goal is to find Ky. And Ky's goal is to find Cassia. Since their goal is to find each other, you wouldn't think there would be too many problems. Right? Well, it is incredible how a narrow valley can lead to an entire canyon of possibilities. 

I love that this book is written in two perspectives, Cassia and Ky's. It really adds to the story. It helps show what a beautiful and strong, yet broken character Ky is. Now, it isn't only the way that Cassia sees him (with blinded lovey eyes) that allows us to know Ky but also the way he sees himself. And then also to see Cassia's bravery through his eyes. This strengthened the characters and strengthened the overall plot. (Let me just quickly say, I love Ky. I would follow him anywhere. I would gladly tell Cassia that Xander is the better option with ulterior motives to secretly swoop in and take Ky for myself. That's all.)

Condie's writing is beautiful and poetic, just like the poems that are such a focus in this story. I have never liked poetry. And often in books I dislike too much flouncy language because it distracts from what I want -- action and kissing. But I don't mind it in Crossed. In fact, I love it. I love the way that the story is more than written but painted and molded and carved and built and crafted. Since words are so important to the characters, it is only appropriate that Condie's words carry the same importance. And they do. I ate up every last one and am still hungry for more. 

I love this book. And I would say that I cannot wait for the last part of Cassia and Ky's journey...except... I already know how it should end. Ky will decide that I am his true match then he and I will run away together. We will be quiet and thoughtful people who use our talents to create beautiful things. As for Cassia -- well -- I don't really care as long as she is out of the picture! 


1 comment:

  1. I have the first book sitting on my shelf and I'm about to start reading it soon! I'm excited! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza


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