Warning: Contains spoilers for Matched by Ally Condie.
Cassia’s journey to find Ky in the Outer Provinces continues for some reason. Meanwhile, Ky struggles to survive as the Society uses him, and others like him, as target practice for whoever is attacking the Society.
My favourite thing about this book is the cover. Candice blew my mind when she mentioned in the comments of a recent Top Ten Tuesday post that the covers are representing the different pills, which makes Cassia’s constant repeating of her grandfather’s “final advice” slightly less aggravating.
I listened to the audio-book (9 hours and 50 minutes of my life I can never get back) which was narrated by Kate Simses (Cassia) and Jack Riccobono (Ky). As you know from my review of Shatter Me, I adore Kate Simses as a narrator, but I felt like her voice didn’t fit Cassia. Or maybe I just don’t like Cassia. It’s more likely the latter. Riccobono did a good job with Ky; however, like I find with most male narrators, his female voices sounded more like he was making fun of female voices than being a female character. Not his fault, I suppose, but if they already had a female narrator, why couldn’t they have had her read the dialogue parts for the girls in Ky’s chapters (and vice-versa)?
The story itself felt pretty drawn out. There were some new characters that seemed kind of cool, until I realized why they actually existed, and then I just got annoyed. We get to look into Ky’s head a lot, which isn’t a place I like to be. I was indifferent to Ky after Matched, but after Crossed I strongly dislike him. I also felt that a lot of the revelations were kind of twisted and shoved into the story after Matched had already been published and so were disconnected from it.
Overall, I was disappointed by Crossed. Maybe I was expecting too much, or maybe I’m just becoming tired with the dystopian genre. Either way, I have little hope that Reached, which should be coming out November 13th of this year, will make up for it.
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recommended to fans of Matched
not recommended to those looking for a series without the second book slump
Don’t just take my word for it!
“CROSSED was indeed a big improvement over MATCHED, but as always when I read these books, I am left with a sense of potential unmet.” – Amy @ Tripping Over Books
“Lovers of poetry and lilting prose will adore this book.” –Angel @ Mermaid Visions
“Yo, the audiobook of Crossed was intense. The dual narration of Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono was a great element.” – April @ Good Books and Good Wine
“At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll read book three. This one was just not enough to continue my interest in Cassia’s story” – Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve