Crossed author Ally Condie (Ebook ebook) by Ally Condie

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The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy 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 t. no one told ally condie that the second book in a trilogy is not a resting place not an opportunity to catch your breath and count your cash you gotta write something too is that mean probablyis it true definitelyeven though i wasn t crazy about matched i wanted to read the next installment just to see where she was going with her brand of dystopia and with these characters and also truthfully because i am such a sucker for covers and i love these i think she might put time and care into maneuvering the art direction than the book s contents i am reading only YA fiction now because it is fast and i don t have to focus too much on it because i have all sort of school that is important than leisure reading but this who told YA fiction it could be boring and ponderous and be basically a set piece to store your leftover overblown teen angst poetry it is still brisk paced but you never get the sense that anything is actually happening it is just a collection of words broken up by flashes of descriptive writing in italics that is meant to sound poetry but instead just gives unpleasant flashbacks to me at 16 weeping into my journaleveryone seems heavily drugged in this there is a lot of ruminating on the nature of beauty and color and art and loooove and poetry god such bad poetry and it just seems lazy okay so you are going to use two narrators in this one good move ambitious but this is a split narrative between two people who have the exact same voice no wonder they are in love it is as though they are the same exact character with the same exact way of expressing themselves what are the odds of these crazy kids finding each otherand it s not just them none of the characters come into relief for me they are all hollow seeming mouthing their lines and emotions working towards this idea of rebellion without seeming to understand what that means i just don t get a sense of urgency should we leave the canyons yeah after the rain let s read some poems are people after us shrug prollyramp this up this is what happens to people taken out of the rigid confines of the society they lounge around looking through old maps and remember their mommies and manage to have a love triangle even when only two of its members are even in the book the rising is going to eat you alive unless everyone in that group shares the same voice too which would not surprise me actually matched was ersatz dystopia this book is ersatz survival as the characters evade what has to be the slowest threat ever and huddle together in caves and go rafting and climbing like some outward bound program for extremely sheltered teens but leaving them plenty of time to become dewy eyed with love and scribble away i marked a map for every deathfor every ache and blowmy world was all a page of blackwith nothing left of snowi bet xander s big secret is that he is glad cassia is gone because she is so flimsily constructed and he is going to go into another book and try his luck there love triangle collapsed i do feel bad but i am not saying anything i don t feel to be true and this woman is going to make a ton of money with this series and the inevitable movie rights so i don t need to be overly charitable here this book just isn t very good but it won t matter and because of my nature i will indeed be reading the third book but it had better SHINE and not just the cover art this timecome to my blog

summary Crossed author Ally Condie

Crossed author Ally Condie

R 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 twisted than ev. I really wanted to like this book But I found the task impossible While I loved Matched I think Condie did not keep up the original ideas tight plot and romantic suspense that worked in the first book She tries using two narrators but does not distinguish their voices Other than the heading on the top of each chapter to delineate who was talking it was almost impossible to figure out who was the narrator The plot was completely lackluster Nothing really happens Most of the events in this book could have been condensed into less than 100 pages but instead Condie drags them out with sappy scenes of her two lovebirds I like a little love story with my dystopian fiction but this was overboard She also seems to be under the impression that readers think there might be a chance Cassia will end up with Xander We all know she s going to end up with Ky So why drag out the supposed love triangle It just made me feel that Condie doesn t respect the intelligence of her readersI enjoyed Condie s beautiful writing in the first book but I think she might have let the positive reviews of Matched go to her head Her use of forbidden poetry was not as interesting in Crossed and the poetry she tries to use in her own prose was too much It got to the point where I was skimming because I just didn t care any and I could tell Condie wasn t going anywhere special I was profoundly disappointed I gave this two stars instead of one because I think teens might get through this book without complaint and because it was an easy read I m always angry if I ve put a lot of time into reading a book only to be disappointed Crossed only reuired a few hours

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Hat he has escaped leaving a series of clues in his wake Cassia's uest leads her to uestion 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 fo. This is actually getting 25 stars I m being niceSigh where to begin with this one You know that I try to be nice with my reviews and at least say something that I liked about a book before I go all crazy rant girl on it so I guess we ll do a run down of what I liked about this second book in Ally Condie s Matched trilogy first Crossed did a good job of continuing the romance between Cassia and Ky and honestly I do like the romance between them Not too hot n heavy not to whiney piney it s sweet and simple I also liked the conflict that was created between all the relationships going on even though we all know just how beaten to death love triangles are Cassia still doesn t know whether she should chose Xander the guy she was originally matched with or go with Ky who has shown her a whole new way of life Oh yeah and what was going on between Ky and Indie Was anybody else wondering that Were they attracted to each other I couldn t tell but this definitely peaked my curiosity and I wonder what will be going on between them in the futureThe new characters that were introduced in Crossed namely Indie Eli Vick and Hunter were all likable if somewhat lackluster and underdeveloped I thought that Indie was strong and brave which Cassia really needed while she was trying to survive in the wilderness and I m glad that Ky decided to take Eli and Vick with him so there was some interaction going on during his parts of the story Hunter was sort of a mystery although we know that he has a sad backgroundI also liked the descriptive language used to paint a picture of what The Carving AKA the giant canyon that Ky and Cassia escape to was like For the most part I was able to see the rugged landscape and the different settings that both Cassia and Ky traveled through which created a stark contrast to the perfect pristine setting of The Society from the first bookAlright so that s what I liked now moving on to the stuff I wasn t a fan ofFirst of all let s not beat around the bush here the plot was one gigantic snooze fest And I m not just talking molasses in January slow I m talking lucky if you aren t comatose by the time you finish it slowI find this to be an unfortunate yet typical issue with second books in trilogies it s why many avid readers call it Second Book Syndrome because you are seriously lucky if you haven t died of boredom by the time you reach the end But Crossed really takes the prize for SBS in my opinion mainly because the narrative is reflective to the point of being totally ridiculous I mean you re in the moment and then all of a sudden one of the characters starts reminiscing about some memory or starts considering a leaf or a piece of grass and thinking Wow how beautiful This green leaf reminds me of the color of my Match banuet dress and my mom and dad and my childhood and it s so pretty what a beautiful blade of grass I think I will write a poem about itNo I am not making this up literally the entire book is like this And what s I don t understand the point of it None of the memories are ones we haven t already heard about from the first book and they don t bring us to any mind blowing revelations about what s going on in the present They re just pretty and empty and I m sorry don t add much to the plot except that I had to work that much harder to not fall asleepMy second issue with this series and this book in particular is that there is pretty much zero context or motivation for anything that is going on This is a problem not just with the main characters but with the entire world that they live in I have so many uestions that haven t been answered yet starting with1 WHO or WHAT is the Society and what is their purpose behind getting rid of all but 100 of everything example The Hundred Songs The Hundred Paintings The Hundred Poems and then controlling everyone in the way that they do We re told that they want to increase efficiency and stop death but how the heck does getting rid of music and paintings do this2 WHO is The Enemy that is mentioned at least a hundred times throughout the story and what is their motivation for rising up against The Society and killing people in the Outer Provinces NOTHING is said about The Enemy if you aren t counting the fact that they are called The Enemy This gives me the reader absolutely nada to go on do the main characters even know who on earth The Enemy is Wouldn t this be an important little tidbit of info to let us in on JUST SAYING3 WHO are these people in The Rising and what the heck is their motivation To get rid of The Society The Enemy I am SO CONFUSED And also why does Cassia want to join The Rising s rebellion so badly when she has no idea who they even are or what they actually stand for4 What exactly was everyone s ultimate goal in this book Why were they wandering around a canyon for almost 400 pages I m sorry but if I get to the end of a book and have little understanding of why anything just happened and I close the thing with a ginormous blank stare on my face you missed something Like badlySo basically what I m trying to say is that the writing wasn t bad and the characters weren t bad even though they are pretty boring too but pretty much everything about Crossed was incredibly vague and confusing And forget about action because there wasn t any There was a lot of description but unfortunately not in the places where I actually needed it This is similar to how Matched was written but I can forgive Matched because it was the first book in the series and there was at least some action going on I expected that in this second book there would be explanation about the Society and the Enemy but unfortunately I was left even confused than I was at the end of the first book Crossed just seemed like a lot of aimless wandering around without actually getting anywhere And it is very frustrating when you read something like this for the entire length of a book but nothing is ever really explained about what everyone is trying to accomplish and whySo I don t know For me this is just one those series that meets my most basic standards of being good but never leads up to anything that really makes it stand out as being incredible or even really memorable I thought that the writing was good if somewhat bland in places the narrative flowed well between Cassia and Ky s points of view and there was nothing outwardly annoying in this book besides the fact that I can t find a motivation for anything in this plot for the life of me My final comment would be meh And I hate having that reaction to a bookLea LC s Adventures in Libraryland

10 thoughts on “Crossed author Ally Condie

  1. says:

    PsstStephanie Wake up it's over Oh man Did I fall asleep again? It's not my fault Really it isn't If only Crossed had just a little bit action and a lot less poetry it would have been able to keep my attention focused on reading the book instead of hitting my REM cycle That's not to say I didn't entirely enjoy C

  2. says:

    15 stars Spoilers for Matched and CrossedCassia wuvs Ky Ky wuvs Cassia They both wuv poetry and art Wuv Nobody els

  3. says:

    no one told ally condie that the second book in a trilogy is not a resting place not an opportunity to catch your

  4. says:

    Rage Hardcore TURKEY RAGEHappy Thanksgiving all my American buddies by the wayWhat WAS THIS? This was a book? Rea

  5. says:

    This is actually getting 25 stars I'm being niceSigh where to begin with this one? You know that I try to be nice with my reviews and at least say something that I liked about a book before I go all crazy rant girl on it so I guess we'll do a r

  6. says:

    Crossed Matched #2 Ally CondieCrossed is a young adult novel written by Allyson Braithwaite Condie It is the seuel to Matched and the second book in the Matched trilogy The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Ky and Cass

  7. says:

    Matched was one of my most favorite dystopian lit books That being said I really looked forward to reading Crossed this yearDid it disappoint me? No But there are a few things that I don't know let's just get on with itFirst of all I was uite

  8. says:

    I really wanted to like this book But I found the task impossible While I loved Matched I think Condie did not keep up the original ideas tight plot and romantic suspense that worked in the first book She tries using two narrators but does not distinguish their voices Other than the heading on the top of each chapter to delineate who was talking it was almost impossible to figure out who was the narrator The plot was completely la

  9. says:

    I feel alone in my feelings for this series I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed so than I did Matched P

  10. says:

    15 starsThis was bad And boring I mean the whole book wouldn’t have been written if the two main characters had a DAMN CEL

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