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Content Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 367 pages
: Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011)
Series: Matched #2
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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.

 My Review of Matched

  • Sexual Content:  Mild (some kissing)
  • Profanity:  Minor (two uses of "damn")
  • Violence:  Heavy
    • A boy dies from lack of water.
    • War violence, shootings, death.
    • Lots of aberrations died from being shot, or lack of water.
    • A boy dies from taking a pill that was supposed to nourish him.
    • A group of people have been killed, the main characters come upon the burned bodies.
  • Other Notables:  None


Wow, Miss Condie....I love your books.  

There are SO many series/Trilogies out there, where I get to the second book, and all I can think is.....filler.  I didn't feel that way about Crossed.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  I know that some people found it slow, and didn't think that there was enough that happened in the book, but I didn't personally feel that way.  I think it just comes down to writing style.  Ally's writing is so poetic.  I don't think of myself as being someone who enjoys poetry, but maybe I'm wrong, because I loved all the poetic words, and the imagery they created.

Crossed is written from alternate viewpoints.  Each chapter switches from Cassia to Ky, which I loved.  There were points in the story where their voices weren't distinct enough for me to remember who was talking, and I had to go back and see which name was at the beginning of the chapter, but this only happened a couple of times.  I liked getting a glimpse into Ky's head, though at first, I started to not like him as much as I did in Matched.  He seemed so bitter and cold, and I just didn't get that sense from him in Matched.  In fact, by the end of the book, I found myself jumping camp, and wishing for more Xander.  If there's one complaint I have, it's that I wish Xander had played a bigger role in this one.  From the blurb, it made it sound like Xander was going to do something, or show up at the end and he never did, so I felt like I was left hanging.  Which, of course, leaves me wanting book three even more.  I can't wait to see what happens, and to see if Xander comes back into play.  I don't see how Cassia would possibly leave Ky for him (and it NEVER happens that way in these love triangles), but I'm finding myself hoping for it none-the-less.

Other than the love-triangle/romance aspect, I also really enjoyed the journey that Cassia and Ky went on in this book.  I loved reading about them in the Outer Provinces and in the Caverns.  I can't tell you why I like this type of story so much, but I really do.  It reminded me somewhat of the journey Melanie went on in the desert and caves in The Host.  I can just picture myself there, almost trapped, if that makes any sense.  There's one part in particular that I got chills just thinking about.  I'm seriously claustrophobic, and it was giving me an anxiety attack...haha!

Overall, I'd say that if you loved Matched, like I did, you will probably like this one as much, if not more.  If you thought Matched was too slow, this may not be the book for you.  If you haven't started Matched yet, I definitely think you should give it a try.  If you liked Delirium or Wither, you'll probably enjoy this series as well.