Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
The Society chooses everything.
The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.
Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.
And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.
But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...
A rebellion is rising.
And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

MY TAKE:
While not as rage-inducing as the first book, this book was still pretty meh for me.

In Crossed, Ky has gone to the Outer Provinces, and Cassia goes to find him. When they reunite, they, along with some companions must now decide whether they want to join the rebellion or not.

Like Matched, this is still a romance novel with dystopian elements, but at least the dystopian elements are not as drowned out by all the I-love-you-Ky-I-love-you-Cassia thoughts. We find out more about the Society and the rebellion against it. The uncertainty of who they could trust and what these people actually want is quite intriguing.

However, Cassia still got on my nerves. I thought maybe she would mature by this book. She certainly thinks she has, but in reality, she hasn't. She's still selfish and self-centered.

I wonder, though, if things would have been different if I had read this first instead of Divergent. That series was brilliant but somber, and Tris and Four were perfectly imperfect. Tris was courageous and selfless, for the most part, and she made decisions for the good of the world even if they were hard for her and her relationship with Four. She makes Cassia look like a weakling, and not just physically-speaking.

Now that the Rising has entered the scene, I'm curious to see how it goes. I certainly hope Cassia and Ky become more bearable.

THE GOOD:

  1. There's a little more dystopian elements here than in Matched.
  2. You learn more about their world.
  3. There are some interesting new characters.

THE BAD:

  1. Cassia is still the same Cassia in Matched. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Everyone has something of beauty about them. But loving let's you look, and look, and look again. You notice the back of a hand, the turn of a head, the way of a walk. When you first love, you look blind and you see it all as the glorious, beloved whole, or a beautiful sum of beautiful parts. But when you see the one you love as pieces, as why's, you can love those parts too, and it's a love at once more complicated and more complete. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You think it's romantic for a heroine to try and rescue one of the guys she's in love with.
  2. You want to know what happens after Matched.
  3. You like romance novels with dystopian elements.

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