Crossed by Ally Condie

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
(Excerpt from Goodread)

Action. This part of Ms. Condie’s brilliant novel was full of it. So much so that I finished it in a single evening. It was filled with that moment where you’re sitting and biting your nails wondering will she…? Will he…? Will they…???
But that’s where the nail biting ends. So much adventure, action, drama, suspense, but so little time for our characters. Still so many questions left unanswered, so many pages where you were left teetering and no one threw a line. I mind and I don’t mind. I mind because I want to know. I want my questions answered. I want more Ky and Cassia. I want more Xander. But I don’t mind because I know there will be another part, and I hate waiting. I want it now.
I didn’t care for Crossed the way I fell in love with Matched. I love that it was darker, more intense, the end of the picture perfect image Ms. Condie painted in the first book. It’s not perfect. It is war. It is dark and evil, and people will die.
Granted, I could have lived without all the poetry. Most of the book was lines and lines of poetry, all meaningful and meaningless. I think we could have done with less of it and more of something else, anything else. I love poetry and it brought a nice picture, but it was distracting. Ms. Condie does a beautiful job bringing everything to life that she doesn’t need it.
Will I read the next book? YES.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.

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