Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crossed by Ally Condie

Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011) 367 pages

Source: Won at Sarah's YA Blog

My Thoughts:

I read Matched about a year ago, and didn't really care for it. While I didn't hate it, I had no intentions of reading the rest of the series. Spur of the moment, I entered a giveaway @ Sarah's YA Blog, and won! (Thanks Sarah!) I have a great deal of respect for any author that dares to write a CLEAN YA book(or any book for that matter). I also believe that WHEN a person reads a book greatly affects how much they like or dislike a book. So! I decided this series was worth another chance.

Crossed arrived in my mailbox on a Monday afternoon, and by Tuesday evening, I was finished. That's really quick for me! I'm apparently a slow reader. I know that a great deal of people can read a 300+ page book in one sitting, and I'm a little jealous. I can't do it. I liked Crossed, though, and I couldn't wait to see what happened. I wish I had Reached in my hands right now! (I have it pre-ordered, so my copy should ship out today!!!! Don't you just love Swagbucks?!) I also wish that I hadn't parted with my copy of Matched, because I'd love to re-read it. I also think it's a decent "boy" read. I can tell it's more targeted for girls, but it can work for boys. I think this could be a great "home-school" reading assignment, so it's going on my keeper shelf.

I think with this read, I had a greater appreciation for the dystopian society. With the direction our nation is headed, I could more easily see this becoming a reality(not completely, but partially). It was scary to think about. When I read Matched, I was coming to the conclusion that maybe I don't like dystopians, but after reading Crossed, I'm wanting to get my hands on every dystopian I can!

As I was reading, it seemed like there was more action than in Matched. In hindsight, though, I'm not sure. I can't remember a great deal happening.

I'm definitely Team Xander at the moment! I'm not sure why, but I just don't overly like Ky. I don't hate him by any means, but not loving him. I wasn't sure in Matched that I recall, but definitely now. I almost never get my way when I love triangle is involved, though, so it's highly unlikely I'll be happy with the ending. ;P

Overall, I think this is a series worth your reading time!

There are one or two scenes that I remember where kissing is involved. There is a bit of violence. Da** is used twice.


  1. Oh yea! I'm so glad you liked it. I love this series!! I was #2 on hold at my library for Reached so I get to pick it up tonight! I'm so excited!! Crossed did have more action than Matched. I like Ky and think he's good with Cassia, but I have to say I'm Team Xander too just because I think he's super awesome! I hope he can find someone worthy of him, not necessarily Cassia.

  2. That's a great point about Xander! Now that I think of it that way, maybe I won't be so disappointed. :) I'm a little jealous you get to pick Reached up tonight! I have to wait through shipping time. ;P

  3. I felt like not as much action occurred in Crossed as in Matched-I was a little bored by some of the scenes.

    I am also Team Xander-I think he's awesome!

  4. Really? That's what I dislike about having to wait so long in between books. It's been almost a year since I read Matched, so my memory about it isn't the best.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes Xander so much! I've been seeing a great deal of love for Ky, and I just can't see it. ;P

  5. I'm so glad you liked it! :) I thought Reached was just gorgeous. It was a beautiful conclusion to the trilogy. And like you said: clean! I've hit a run of books lately with content I didn't expect or enjoy. But this series was great.

    1. I'm finally reading Reached right now, and can't wait to see what happens! :)

  6. I read Matched and I liked it but I parted with my copy too...kinda wish I hadn't now after reading this review. Looks like I'm going to have to go back and get it so I can read Crossed and Reached without being totally confused LOL!


    1. Unless I end up completely hating the rest of Reached(which I doubt), I definitely hope to replace Matched on my shelf! :)