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.
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.
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