Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie



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Title: Crossed
Series: Crossed, Book #2
Author: Ally Condie
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published Nov. 1st 2011 
by Dutton Children's
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Recommendation.  Good for fans of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me trilogy or fans of  Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Trilogy.

Review.

I give this book a 2 ½ stars. Which to me means, that I enjoyed it a little less that an average book.  It doesn’t mean I hated it, just liked it less than average.  I hadn’t planned on continuing this series after reading the first books, but as you can tell I read the second one.  Whether or not I’ll read the 3rd—meh, I haven’t decided yet.

I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one.  I think it’s because it cleared up several of the things that I thought were bogus about the first one.  The blue “survival” pills were explained and at least the unlikelihood of Xander and Ky being immune to the red ones was explained.

The chapters now alternate between Ky and Cassia’s point of view.  I don’t know if that style has become more popular or I’ve just happened to pick up more books with an alternating POV, but it seems like everything I read lately does that—(Allegiant, Eleanor & Park).  And, ever since reading Allegiant I don’t trust the method! Every time I see it I think, “Oh no, someone’s love is going to die.” Luckily, that wasn’t the case for Eleanor & Park, but like I said Veronica Roth has made me a paranoid reader.


Likes.
J  I really liked like all the new characters in this book—Indie, Vick, Eli, and Hunter.
o   Indie—You can just tell as soon as she enters the books that she will be important.  Because she is the only one of the girls in Cassia’s bunk that is described and named.   You can immediately tell there’s more to her than what is on the surface.
o   Vick—He is one of those characters that grows on you. At first I was like, “Vick? Meh!—no strong feelings for or against him”, but then once I got to know him a little bit more, I grew to like him—not love him, but I was fond of Vick.
o   Eli—I really like Eli. I feel like Ky keeps him around to make the guilt go away.  Sometimes Eli seems the same age as Vick and Ky and other times much younger.  It’s like Aly Condie can’t quite write for a preteen.  (I felt this way with Bram a lot too).
o   Hunter—Wow, Hunter has gone through so much.  Cassia often talks about the fact that even though he is her age, he seems a lot older.  That is a part of Hunter’s appeal. I love his dedication to his family and village—and eventually to Cassia and the group.
J  Okay, so I’ll eat a litter crow on this one.  I hated the pills in the last books (Matched), but in this book it gets a little bitter.  We find out that the survival pills actually kill people—or at least make them sick.  I still think it is lame how EVERY DANGED MAIN CHARACTER IS MAGICALLY IMMUNED TO THE PILLS, but who knows that issue be resolved in the final book.

Dislikes.
> The scenery is miserable.  Cassia and Ky talk about it being pretty, but it’s terrible.  I, personally, am a fan of forests, trees, mountains—I ached for foliage.
> There are so many things in this book that are just absurdly convenient—finding the DNA samples, finding the books, the boat.  Pretty much every piece of plot is ridiculous.
> There is one scene in this book were Cassia is crawling through a cavern, and it made me feel so uncomfortable—claustrophobia at its best!
> You will learn something about Xander, and it’s so dumb and doesn’t even compute.




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