Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Title: Crossed

Author: Ally Condie

Genre: Dystopian


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? 

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  1. Favorite sequels?
    Probably Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs. I can’t completely qualify it as a proper sequel (or it could be just me) due to the fact that they’re stand alones. You don’t need to read the first one to completely understand the second one, although it would help. ?

  2. I liked the Twilight series, not because I’m into vampires or wolves but I liked the love story. I also, liked the Matched series as well. Oh, and Anomaly was another good one 🙂

    1. I also read Twilight. Like you, I’m not a huge fan of vampire books, but I loved that Twilight is one of few books where the love interest (Edward) is a gentleman and treats women with respect. The purity thread was refreshing, as well.

      1. That is what I liked also. Edward wanted what was best for Bella, even if it meant giving her up. I also really loved the that Edwards family stuck together and that they stood up for each other. I realize this is not a Christian book but I do feel the author kept the content clean for the most part and promotes family, loyalty and importance of marriage.

  3. It’s been years since I read Crossed. I don’t remember much of the story, but I do remember preferring the writing style over that of Matched.

    My favorite sequels include:
    – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is one of my all-time favorite books and is the third in the series.
    – The Magician’s Nephew, another of my all-time favorite books. I suppose it’s more of a prequel, but it was still written after most of the other books.
    – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (part of the Grisha series)

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