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Product details

  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423652
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,696,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book." - "Kirkus," starred review
"Condie delves into the inner lives of her characters, plumbing their pasts, confronting their beliefs..." - "Booklist"
"Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic." - "School Library Journal"
"This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy...Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia's story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one." - "VOYA"
"If you are feeling Katniss withdrawal, check out a new dystopian world where husbands are assigned and no one is free." - "Seventeen Maga

Praise for "Crossed"

"Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy... Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie's is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars... Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book." - "Kirkus", starred review

"Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic." - "School Library Journal"

"This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy... Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia's story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one." - "VOYA"

."..vivid, poetic writing... Condie immerses readers in her characters' yearnings and hopes." - "Publishers Weekly"



Praise for "Crossed"
"Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy... Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie's is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars... Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book." - "Kirkus," starred review
"Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic." - "School Library Journal"
"This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy... Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia's story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one." - "VOYA"
..".vivid, poetic writing... Condie immerses readers in her characters' yearnings and hopes." - "Publishers Weekly"


Praise for "Crossed"
"Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy... Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie's is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars... Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book." - "Kirkus," starred review
"Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic." - "School Library Journal"
"This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy... Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia's story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one." - "VOYA"
..".vivid, poetic writing... Condie immerses readers in her characters' yearnings and hopes." - "Publishers Weekly"

Praise for "Crossed"
Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book. - "Kirkus," starred review
Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic. - "School Library Journal"
This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia s story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one. - "VOYA"
vivid, poetic writing Condie immerses readers in her characters yearnings and hopes. - "Publishers Weekly""

About the Author

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.


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I finally got Crossed in my hands, after a year of waiting and it did not disappoint. I wasn't expecting too much (it is filler after all) but it does really deliver for me. It's not action packed and the characters spend the majority of their time wandering around the same place, but the new characters and events that happen really made me fall in love with story. The new characters are Vick, Eli and Indie (suitably Dystopian sounding names), and they really add a new layer to the story. I particularly liked Indie, whose character develops more throughout the book and she almost felt like a real person to me. Vick is similar in that he also develops through the story and after telling his past to Ky, also becomes like a real person.

The environment itself, is rather barren. This was expected - wandering around the inside of a Canyon was not. Something more desert-like, similar to the Scorch Trials was what I expected but the inside of a Canyon is certainly an interesting idea.

Ky's side of the story is a nice touch as well. I'm not if he feels so familiar because Cassia knows him so well, or because his voice is very similar to that of Cassia's.

I should mention the similarities between this and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, as that series is a favourite of mine. Cassia, like Tally, believes in what her society is doing and is looking forward to her future, in the societies grasp. Until a stranger (in Cassia's case, Ky, and Tally's case, Shay) turns up and they see the Society for what it is and escape. Somewhere along the way they are separated and have to find each other again. And of course there's a Rebellion wandering somewhere around the middle of nowhere. I hold the hope that this is just a coincidence, however.
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I was a huge fan of Matched when it came out last year and have been pining for Crossed ever since. I went into this book with high expectations, the back of the book talks about a rebellion rising and the picture of Cassia breaking out of the bubble made me think things were going to EXPLODE in this sequel but sadly I was left disappointed.

I started this book really confused. It's been a long time since I read Matched, as I'm sure it has been for a lot of people, and I couldn't really remember the ending. With a lot of books this isn't really an issue as authors are usually pretty good at re-capping past events. Yeah that didn't happen with this one, and so I spent the first hundred pages kind of confused. Luckily as I read on I managed to figure stuff out on my own and snippets came back to me but if your memory of Matched is a bit fuzzy like mine was I would really recommend re-reading Matched before starting Crossed.

Crossed is told from both Cassia and Ky's perspective which I think had both its pro's and con's. In Matched I really liked both Ky and Xander but if I had to pick one I'd probably of gone with Xander. This book really gives us a chance to get to know Ky better and I was really touched by the parts where we see Cassia through his eyes. However I didn't think that Ally Condie did a good job at making Cassia and Ky's voices distinctive from one another. Despite stating their names at the beginning of each chapter their voices were so similar that I had to constantly flick back to see whose perspective I was supposed to be reading from because there was no distinction between them other than a name stated at the beginning of each chapter.

There were some things I did like about this book.
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For me this was a very different book from Matched. I enjoyed this in respect of the fact I wanted to find out what happened to the characters of Cassia, Ky and Xander, but that really was the only reason I kept going with this.

I found the first half of this book more intriguing than the second half. It opens with Ky in a camp in the outer regions, where he and another boy Vick, are burying bodies of other campers who have been murdered by the enemy. The book then alternates between Ky's experience and Cassia's, who is also in a camp where she is trying to find a way to get to Ky.

I felt I got a bit lost in the middle and towards the end of this story where the action slowed, and a lot of time was spent focussing on more ethereal elements of the story, as the author often alludes to poetry and highlights colours and paintings, which I am never sure the relevance to the story they are supposed to provide.

Maybe, as I am not personally a fan of painted art or poetry, I tend to try to skip over these things, and I did get confused regarding the various canyons, caves, streams and mountains they were climbing. I also kept thinking I was reading Cassia when I was reading Ky, as the two seemed so similar at times.

Anyway, what I will say is this is a original and well written book. and I am looking forward to finding out in the conclusion to the trilogy, who Cassia chooses, and what happens to society and her friends.

For some trilogies you can read the middle book without the firs,t and be completely conversant with what is going on. That is not the case here, I think anyone reading this before Matched is going to be very confused, so I would definitely say if you come across this before it's predecessor, try number one in the series first.
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