book nerd swag review: crossed by ally condie

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Rules Are Different Outside The Society

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky–taken by the Society to his sure death–only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia’s and Ky’s point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.

what we thought:

m- i will start this review out by saying that this book is amazing. i was kinda nervous to read it based on what we thought of matched but i was glad that i did. ally condie completely developed this story and expanded the world that she created.

l- we both enjoyed matched, but agreed that we weren’t super emotionally invested in the story. i was really hoping that this book would go deeper into both the depth of the world and the characters, and it definitely did. not only did we get to know more about the individual characters, but we got more perspective on their relationships. this story also had a lot more action. the story didn’t start slowly, we jumped right in from the first page, which i liked. there wasn’t a ton of unnecessary recapping to slow things down.

m- we would seriously recommend reading this series. like we said it does start out pretty slow in matched but when you get to crossed it grasps you from the beginning. ally developed the characters so much in this story and added a few more. i loved how much cassia developed especially. i figured out a lot more about her and could actually understand why some of the decisions she made were made. (if that makes sense).

l- yeah, and in addition to that we really got to know ky. we only got glimpses of who he was in matched. crossed is split into two pov’s, both cassia and ky get to tell the story in turn. i wasn’t sure how i felt about it at first because it made the plot somewhat choppy, and it would jump from one place to another if cassia and ky weren’t in the same place. however, i think it really was essential to the story that it was written that way. we understand both of them more because of it, and can see the reasoning behind their decisions, like masie said. the setting was interesting, but i would have liked to see more diverse locations. there were some amazing plot twists in this book. i won’t give anything away, but a few things made me put down the book for a second like, “whoa. i did not see that coming.” 😉

m- i will say that i loved the split perspectives. it gave me more of an idea of how they were both feeling in a situation when you could see there two perspectives. i really don’t want to give to much of this story away but it was much better, in my opinion, compared to matched. i will say that i have grown to like ky in this story. shocking, right? i got to see a different side of him. i will say that there are still things that i am iffy about when it comes to him but i still started to like him more. i really liked the addition of the rebellion. it gave the book a bigger purpose and in the end i still can’t decide who i side for, the society or the rebels. this book seriously got much better and i can’t wait for reached to come out.

l- when it comes to the rebellion and the battle with the society, this book certainly left a lot to be explored in book three. i have a feeling that a lot of the mysteries from both books one and two will be revealed in the third installment. i think this book gave more meaning to the first book…. i’d like to read it again with what we learned in crossed in mind. i will most definitely be reading reached when it comes out this november!

rating! out of five stars: ****1/2

do we recommend it? yes! give it a chance.

book nerd swag booooonus:

*warning: spoilers ahead!*

crossed: what were they thinking??

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