Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Crossed" (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie

*Note: I want to apologize for not personally being as active in book blogging as I usually try to be. (If anyone even noticed!) I know for a while there, I was posting reviews and such every day/2 days/even 3 days. I would like to get back to that but I'm also very busy at the moment (if it tells you anything, after I finish typing this, I'm going to go do a mountain of french homework). Additionally, I seem to have like a reviewing writer's block. But regardless, I hope to try to get back to 'business-as-usual'. Anyway, basically, just thank you people for visiting the blog and all that business even though it isn't quite as busy as usual, haha!*
("Crossed" is the sequel to "Matched". If you haven't read "Matched" you may want to check out that review instead so as to avoid any spoilers in this one! You are warned.)

"Crossed" was a good book. The writing, one of my favorite elements of "Matched" with its poetry and flow were impeccable, again. The poems at the beginning were good, too-- the actual poetry. They enriched the story. Problematically though-- it wasn't awesome. It was good. I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn't totally blown away after being so excited for it. While I didn't expect an incredibly adventurous book filled with violence and suspense or anything like that, I was expecting a little bit more adventure-- the ending of the first set up for some grand endeavor to the end of the Society, and I expected that to a be a little bit more exciting that it was. There was a journey, a long one, a hard one, throughout the Society and outside it. However, sometimes it seemed to drag.

Also, I really liked Cassia, the heroine, in the first book. But in "Crossed" I didn't like her nearly as much, because I felt she was so absorbed in thoughts of Xander and/or Ky rather than what was going on and the bigger picture or even her family. It was like in parts of "Catching Fire" or "Mockingjay" when I started to get (super) annoyed with Katniss for being caught up between Gale and Peeta rather than, you know, EVERYTHING ELSE. *slight exaggeration.* I did still like Xander and Ky, and am less convinced about being 'team Xander' like before. It's harder now. Ha! 

The bottom line: "Crossed" was good book and I liked it, just not as much as I expected.


LoriStrongin said...

Welcome back! You've been missed, but we totally get that RL sometimes has to come first!

I haven't read either of the books in this series yet, and I'm still on the fence if I'm going to--I just haven't been hooked by the descriptions or reviews of it yet, you know!

Thanks for the honest review!


Grace Fonseca said...

New follower. Nice review. Come visit me as well if you get the chance. I like your blog a lot.

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Anonymous said...

Great review. I haven't gotten this one yet, but I can't wait to read it.

PaulaSHx said...

I like the plot, but it flows so slow! I actually wondered if Condie didn't do it on purpose, for you to realise how boring life would be if someone else made all the decisions for you. If anything it made me thankful for my freedom.
Paula @ PaulaSHx

Cat said...

@Lori: I definitely recommend the first one.. but the second one... hmmm. Hopefully the third will be better!

@Grace: Thank you! I'll have to stop by your blog.

@Melina: Thanks!

@Paula: That's a good point, actually. The slow-ness was probably a reality. But it just didn't click with me. Here's hoping for a better third one, though! :)

lian92 said...

hi thanks for the review i liked matched though it was a bit boring and heard that there woud be a lot more ky in crossed but since i didnt find katniss thinking to much a bout Gale and Peeta it is possible i woudnt find Cassia that annoing.