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
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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
I think these books would really appeal to 12 year old girls thirsting for an adventurous role model, but also possessed of a maudlin romantic ideal. I found myself wanting more complexity out of both the characters and the plot. On a positive note, the quality of writing is really quite lovely, which adds a nice dimension.
One thing I really dislike (and is why I gave the performance only two stars) is that some of the dialog is accompanied by music, which I found terribly distracting. Aside from that, the narrators are fine, although "Ky" always sounds a bit overwrought.
Through no fault of the author, this trilogy has been compared to The Hunger Games trilogy, and it ain't that by any stretch. This trilogy would have fared better, at least in my rating of it, if the expectation had been set that this is really targeted at tweens. I was hoping for more.
I enjoyed Matched and I knew by the ending of Matched that Crossed would have to be different. But it was very slow, I did enjoy it more towards the end but just as I finally got interested it ended. I will read the final book because I have come this far in the series and the ending to this book makes me want to find out what happens. If you read Matched, you should read Crossed, just be prepared that its slow. I also I didn't like the voice of Kyle...
The story is fragmented and meanders along at disjointed pace. I found myself not really caring about what happened to the main characters
the Matched trilogy is obviously a take off on Hunger Games which I absolutely loved. I had high hopes for Crossed after devouring Matched, but the odd pacing and disjointed action made it so that I had to force myself to continue listening. If you like this genre, try A Discovery of Witches and Delirium.
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