Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dutton Juvenile (November 1, 2011) 367 pages
Source: Won at Sarah's YA Blog
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.