What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, December 5, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

After falling head over heels for Matched, the first book in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Crossed. Warning! Don't read the summary unless you've read Matched! There are spoilers, and I don't want to ruin the book for anyone!
Here's the summary 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.

What I Liked: 1) I love Ky. He's smart, and sensitive, and strong. And in this book, we got to know him so much better. Instead of the whole book being from Cassia's perspective, Miz Condie switched perspectives between Cassia and Ky. So we got to know Ky from how he thinks, and it made him so much more real. 2) Cassia. Of course, I've been a big fan of Cassia since Matched. Good girl turned rebel. That's what is so great about Cassia. She's grown so much throughout the first two books, and become so much stronger than we are initially led to believe. There are qualities about Cassia that I think make her a great role model, such as her strength and her open-mindedness and willingness to learn. I'm always excited to find main characters in YA books that make good role models. 3) We got to explore a different setting in this book. In Matched, we stuck to the Society where Cassia and Ky lived, and everything was very regimented and ordered. By contrast, the setting, the storyline, even the writing was less structured, and a little chaotic. It was a great parallel to what was happening in the book. 4) New characters. There were several new characters in Crossed that added a different dimension to the story. Instead of having to hide secrets from the people around them, Cassia and Ky both were traveling with companions that they could somewhat confide in. There were still secrets being kept. But having these new characters changed the dynamic of the story drastically.

What I Didn't Like: 1) I missed Xander. He doesn't make an appearance in Crossed, and as much as I want Cassia and Ky to be together, I like Xander too, and I am very curious as to how he fits into the story. Especially after finding out *text changed to prevent spoilers* that one thing that we found out! 2) I also miss Cassia's family. I know the story is really about Cassia and Ky, but I am always curious about how her/their decisions are affecting the others in their lives. Note: These things aren't so much dislikes. There wasn't anything I'd change about the story, I just want to know these things, and it seems like so much to wrap up in only one more book!

Overall thoughts: Another great book from Miz Condie! Matched is a great trilogy, and Crossed definitely follows the storyline very well. The tone changes, as it very well should, from Matched to Crossed, and our beloved characters show a lot of growth from the first book. You get to know Ky, as our male MC a lot better because of the first person alternating narration (which is always hard for me to follow) but I appreciated getting inside Ky's head a little. I'm intrigued as to where we'll go from here, and can't wait for the third book, which is so far Untitled and slated to be released in November 2012!

My rating: 5 shots

8 comments:

  1. Bummer that Xander isn't in the book so much, but otherwise, it sounds really good! Great review :D

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  2. I loved Crossed too! I missed Xander and Cassia's family too, but I bet they'll be all over the third book. :)

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  3. Yes! I wondered about Cassia's family, too. Especially since they were so close.

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  4. I can't wait to read this series! Thanks for the follow, I am now following you as well. :)

    P.S. You should totally send your photo in for my contest!

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  5. Courtney, thanks for coming to visit me today at my blog! How nice of you to say such sweet things about it, and become a follower! I'm your newest follower now as well! Your blog is so cute, and you have SO many fun things to read!

    I'm going to refrain from reading this review because I've asked for Crossed for Christmas, but it looks like you liked it! Thanks again for popping by, and I'll be sure to keep track of all the exciting things happening over here!

    - Jana @ http://thatartsyreadergirl.blogspot.com/

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  6. I'm kinda happy to hear Xander isn't around ;)

    Great honest review

    LOVE your Christmas look btw

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  7. YA Book Queen - I'm really curious about what's going on with him, because we learned some new stuff in Crossed! I'm sure we'll get some answers in the next book!

    Kathryn - I'm sure they will. After how close they were I can't imagine she'd just run off and leave them. Unless it's for their own good....*speculates*

    Kate - I know...this is one of my favorite series I'm in the middle of right now, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

    Jordan - Welcome! And I have to find my tacky sweaters! :)

    Jana - Well, I hope you get Crossed for Christmas, and that you enjoy it when you do!! Thanks for the follow!!

    Juju - Awe, I liked Xander! Not as much as Ky, but I still liked him. With Xander and Ky it's not so much as a "good guy finishes last" kind of story that we see so often. They are both nice guys! Oh, and thanks! I'm glad you like the Christmas look! Rachel at Parajunkee's View did it!

    Thanks for stopping by, y'all!!
    Courtney

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  8. I have to wait til christmas too. to get it on my new kindle fire. ugh i dont want to wait that long. i just finished matched today.
    and read a sneak peak of crossed. not long enough sneak peek sigh oh well i guess ill wait

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