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 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.
©2011 Ally Condie (P)2011 Penguin
I feel like a younger audience may enjoy this more. I love youth fiction, but at 22 the repetitiveness of this book just didn't gel well with me. Matched did it too, but with Crossed I found this more tedious.
The first half was really slow paced, and I just had a hard time getting into it. While I was excited to listen to the first one, it took me a whole extra week to finish Crossed.
Kate: Believable, Clear, Precise
Jack: Mumbles, Flat, Whispers
If I could choose a character to eliminate, I would have cut out Xander. He just pulls Cassia back, and I feel like the author doesn't really know what to do with him. Plus, Indie falling in love with his picture just didn't seem like it made sense.
This book was not as good as the first, which made it really tough to get through. The first one at least flowed well and had a quick pace (for the most part), but Crossed was slow, and the reader for Ky on audiobook would mumble sometimes, which was annoying. For the first half of the book nothing really happens, just a lot of running. When the story finally quickens once Ky and Cassia finally meet up, it goes by too fast and I didn't really feel invested in their goal to find the rising. Cassia felt a little spoiled and selfish, and even though Ky's intentions were a little bit better than her's, he was no different. Both characters had very similar voices, and like the first book there's a lot of repeating. The love triangle is also getting tiring. I want to read the next book, but there's a part of me that really honestly doesn't care what happens next to these two. I will probably read it, but not on audiobook. Ky's voice is just too distracting.
I was anxiously awaiting the follow-on book to Matched, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Crossed was just ok. It was difficult at times connecting the current story line to the previous book - and if you didn't read/listen to Matched (the first book in the series) I am afraid it would be difficult to follow some of the story line.
This basically picks up where the first one left off. Cassia is searching for Ky and a whole lot of factors make this a journey.
The Hunger Games or Divergent because of the controlling societies.
Nothing but Their voices were good for the characters.
Yes Kate voice sounds very young, but that was okay she handled the other voices well.
It was better than the other reviews stated, I just wish there was more Xander. Hopefully we get to see his POV as well. I look forward to the next book.
Don't let the other views scare you away.
Audio books are the best :)
I was unpleasantly surprised at this second book. It was slow, lackluster, and Ky's voice is so terribly whiny it made it hard to listen to.
I'm wanting to finish the series since I've read the first two books but this book is definitely making me contemplate whether or not I will. I'd like to say something nice about the book but it just was not up to par with the first and definitely not up to par with other dystopia novels.
After I wrote a quick review at Good Reads, I read a few previously posted and I was shocked at how many people hated this book. HATED it.
I liked it and I think it did what it was supposed to do - move the story along.
Book one, Matched, is better overall, but this one is still a solid story mover.
I like that there are two narrators to voice Cassia and Ky and I think they're both pretty good. Not the best, but they have the proper youthful quality to their voices.
I liked Crossed and am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy when it comes out later this year.
I am not sure. I think the print version probably would be better, since the narrator's voice was often annoyingly cheerful.
One of my least favorites, but it was still worth listening to and I will probably listen to the third when it comes out. This book just can't compare to my other favorites like "Hunger Games," "Divergent," and "Before I Fall."
The female still sounds very immature, like a 13 year old. The male narrator was great though. He has kind of a "throaty, whisper" type voice, but I thought it was relaxing and I found myself wanting to listen to him before bed.
No, I didn't really have much of an emotional reaction to the book, it was pretty even toned. However, the part when Eli gives the vial to Ky definitely did make me tear up a bit, I loved that part! (That shouldn't have been a spoiler at all, don't worry!)
What is with the strange music they play at random times durring the narration?! It drives me crazy, you can't hear the talking over it... and sometimes it even sounds kind of creepy.
Crossed is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. The beginning of this second book starts out a bit slow, but don't worry-you will be left with questions and a desire to see what the third book holds.
The first in this series, Matched, was completely voiced by Kate Simses and she does a wonderful job of getting the character's emotions across. (She should have read for Katniss in the Hunger Games.)
This series is particularly good for middle-school aged girls. The romance is age-appropriate.
I liked the book it was just so hard to get past the extremely overdone childlike and fake voice of the narrator, I wish they could have someone who did not try to sound like a little baby instead of a teenager
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