Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

From Goodreads: "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."

Getting straight to the point, Crossed disappointed me. To be more specific, the ending disappointed me. It felt like I had walked in a giant circle and ended up right back at point A. The new concepts of "The Pilot" and "The Farmers" and more got to be confusing, almost dizzyingly so, and I was frustratedly left with many questions from Matched remaining unanswered.The pacing reminded me of the Oldsmobile I used to drive...slow and hesitant, with a random burst of speed every so often. (Old cars, smh.) I skipped countless paragraphs describing or reminiscing about who knows what. I had to force myself to focus on the story at times. And, like many many many other reviewers have said, I found myself often confused about who was narrating (Crossed was narrated dually by Cassia and Ky) because they both sounded the same.  
I think this may have more to do with my turning into a cynical a**, but I found myself so very disenchanted with Cassia and Ky's love. It feels like their love literally is a poem, and I can't find it in myself to support or hate them. They're just meh. They had a disagreement, which made things a bit more realistic, but that dispute was never truly resolved. Let's just say I don't care for couples who give up their core ideals for the sake of lurrrvy love.
I would rant more about the ending, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who enjoys reading for hours just to be disappointed wants to read it. I do, however, have to mention the few good parts. First of all, the canyons and their surrounding landscapes' descriptions were absolutely gorgeous. (Honestly, I've never cared very much for the grand canyons, but after reading Crossed, I've added visiting them to my bucket list. :D ) Secondly, the action that actually occurred was, to me, pretty thrilling. (Just wish it had been more consistent.) Finally, getting to know more about Ky's life story was nice, along with the whole rebellion concept being elaborated on quite well.
I have way too many questions after reading this book, and while I was disappointed with this installment, I plan on reading Reached to wrap things up and, hopefully, figure out where the heck things will go from here, at the end of Crossed.

Lia's Rating: An Okay Read

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