Author: Ally Condie
In a previous post, I reviewed Matched by Ally Condie, which is one of my all-time favorite books and the beginning of an amazing dystopian series. It’s common for the first book of a trilogy to be good, while the other two books tend to, unfortunately, fall flat. Secular series especially tend to be disappointing, as the inappropriate content often increases with each book.
But what about with the Matched series?
In the second book, Crossed, we get a glimpse of life outside the Society. Although still very good, Crossed wasn’t as good as the first book, in my opinion. As is typical of the middle installment of trilogies, Crossed felt a little too drawn out.
Surprisingly, the author added Ky’s (one of Cassia’s love interests) first-person perspective alongside Cassia’s. I thought the split-POV thing worked well in Crossed . I enjoyed getting to know Ky a little more, since he was something of an enigma in Matched . Cassia’s and Ky’s character voices do sound a bit similar, but it was great to see how they both grew throughout the book. Xander (the other guy in the love triangle) doesn’t play as big of a role as he did in the first, but it’s clear he hasn’t given up on his love for Cassia.
Cassia is still a fantastic female lead. I appreciate that even as she becomes more and more aware of the lies and injustice of her world, she never becomes bitter or spiteful–something seen too frequently in the dystopian genre.
Like in Matched , a lot of emphasis is placed on character development in this book…which I loved! I really, really enjoy character-driven books like the ones in this series.
Crossed is still very clean. There’s a little bit of violence, but not much when compared to most dystopian novels, and its never graphic or gruesome. The book does contain some brief, mild language. The most “questionable” scene is one where Cassia and Ky decide to go off alone together “to kiss and to talk” (nothing inappropriate shown or even really implied). I’m very impressed by how sweet and innocent the romance is in this series.
All in all, I enjoyed Crossed , even if parts of it were drawn-out. It’s the weakest book of the trilogy, in my opinion, but it’s still an entertaining read.
What is your favorite sequel?