This is the second book in the Matched trilogy, by Ally Condie. I keep loving the covers for the series but this cover is my least favorite of the three. Why? Because this book is the in between book.
Light spoilers from Matched in the summary:
After the events of Matched, Caissas life is very different from she one she had in the first book… She has been moved to the outer parts of the society wherefrom she will escape and become an outcast Caissa must escape the society and making a journey as an outcast, to find one of the boy’s she loves (Ky) with some newfound friends.
I loved the first book but this one merely kept my interest. The plot was so slow and “going off on a journey to find and save the one you love” is hardly a new concept. Sure, I did expect it, but I did think that the book would have a bit more to offer than that.
The author also changed the point of view a bit. This time we get to read from both Caissa’s and Ky’s point of view. Since I did not care for either of the boys in the first book this was also a letdown. I loved Clarissa in Matched but with the point of view swap you lost her train of thoughts and I never really cared about Ky’s perspective when I was reading in it. Another problem with this was that both perspectives almost gave you the same story and I found that extremely annoying.
With a slow pace, what could drain down you energy even more? Poetry! It was everywhere, poetry, stories and more poetry. Like you can probably tell I am not a fan… Sure I appreciate the literature form in itself and I sometimes find a snippet of text that I like. I do however usually don’t appreciate it in books and this was the case here. It made you lose focus from the plot and the actual scene and they appeared so much that you just wanted to skip the lines with poetry in them completely.
The third book (Reached) came out in November this year but based on my experience with Crossed I am not sure is I will read it or not. While Matched got a 9 / 10 I am still so disappointed in crossed that it will only get a 2 / 10 which is extremely bad if you think about the fact that I loved the series two days ago and now it’s all destroyed.