[Review] Crossed by Ally Condie

Publisher: Speak
Pages: 367 (Hardcover)

Summary

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.


Review

Matched was a decent book for me, so I didn’t expect much from Crossed, aside that I hoped I didn’t completely waste my time on this book. I was about to rate this book two stars – due to things I will mention below – but near the end it gets really enjoyable and I actually liked the last 100 pages.

Crossed begins with a slow pace to my liking. I remember that I was constantly yawning for the first few chapters because nothing actually happens. The first half of the book felt like a drag for me and I was really bored and didn’t enjoy it. And the writing. I like beautiful writings but this one is too poetic, I think. It was hard to enjoy the first half of the book, particularly with the poetic writing. I love books with switched POVs but this time, it just didn’t work for me. Ky and Cassia’s voice sound almost the same and I got confused almost all of the time after they’re reunited. I had to flip back to the first page of the chapter just to know who’s narrating the chapter over and over.

Hmm, I’m not a huge fan of the silly kind of romance; that is once after the MC confess her/his love for the love interest in book one, they spend the entire book two making out and saying “I love you” nearly every page. Uh, no. Just no. I prefer them having a fight, because relationship isn’t always perfect in real life. (It’s not like I hate happy romance. I think I was sick of their kissing and hugging and I-love-you-s already ._.) Well, that happens for a while right after Cassie reunites with Ky. They literally kiss and confess their love nearly every time they have the chance to and I think those words will lose their meaning if oversaid. I don’t hate people who say they love someone lots of time, but I just don’t like unnecessary said things. I know it sounds creepy, but I was actually waiting for their fight, which does happen later in the book. Well, this “silly romance” problem was nothing compared to the love triangle (or maybe a love square??) and the insta-love. How can you love someone if you have only seen his/her picture? No offense, I’m just a quite realistic person 😛

But, BUT, right after something actually happens, I was enjoying Crossed more than I did. The second-half was much better, I thought. And I was quite glad that I managed to put up with the first-half. The writing didn’t really bug me anymore and I was definitely paying attention for the last 100 pages – which I didn’t really do before. I can’t believe it took 200+ freaking pages for something to happen. The pace increases to my taste and yeah, I admit that I ended up enjoying this book anyway despite all those negative things I mention.

Well, there are some things that I didn’t enjoy due to personal taste, but I might have loved Crossed more if there hadn’t been an insta-love inserted and, not to forget, a possible love square.

Rating:
3 Chocolate Cakes!

4 comments

  1. I could not even finish this book. After a few chapters, I just gave up the novel altogether. Based on your thoughts, I am so glad I didn’t continue.
    Great review!

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    1. I understand if you couldn’t finish this book cause I almost did too. But I always finish every book whatever book it is – it’s one of my habit. Although, I thought the last few chapters were good. But I know it took, like, a whole lot of pages just to get there ._. So yeah, I respect your decision for not finishing this 🙂

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  2. A little sad to hear that, three stars matches how I felt about Matched (see what I did there) but Crossed was such an improvement in my mind. Matched was too focused on romance for my taste, and Crossed had more action. Love square…trying to remember… it’s been awhile. I might have to reread and see if I like it less.

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    1. I do agree with you that Crossed has more action than Matched, but there were also other things that I didn’t enjoy here 🙁 Yeah there’s a possible love square xD Here’s a hint: add Indie to the first love triangle. 😛

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