Crossed by Ally Condie
Summary from jessicalawlor.com
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.
Think of being in love? What would you do if the person you loved was taken from you? How far would you go to find them? Find out how Cassia goes in the novel Crossed by Ally Condie. This is the second book of the Matched series. Characters in this book are challenged by their dystopian home, The Society, who control every aspect of everyone’s life. What would you do? Go on with them making your calls or do something about it. This is what the characters must answer. I enjoyed this novel including its themes, setting, and vocabulary.
One thing that I enjoyed in this novel was its themes. Two however really stood out to me. The first is do not take what you have for granite. In the book some things we thing as perhaps busy work or do not even give a second glance at are really important to the characters. For example, poetry, art and thing like this have been taken from the characters, and what remains must be hidden. The other theme I think stand out is love. That is what the entire book is basically about. The characters go through war, pain, hunger and many other hardships for it. These are the themes I think are the most important.
I also enjoyed the settings of the book, and it really meant a lot to the characters as well. For example the carving, which is a canton, represents freedom as The Society does not have full control over it. Other things that have to do with setting are the locations from which the characters are from. It has made them into the people that they are. Overall I would say that the settings in this book really make it great. These are ways the settings play important roles in the book.
One of the things that make the book is its vocabulary. It too also has effect on the characters. For example the vocabulary in the poems the characters have. They show rebellion, love, hope, and freedom which is what the characters are going on. It gives them hope for something better, and that maybe they can be a part of it. Also vocabulary which is acquired from pictures is important to the characters. For example pictures of angels, dances, and beautiful images gives the characters a better vocabulary which is something else we take for granite. This is how I believe the vocabulary plays an important role in the book
In the end I thought the book was a bit slow delivering its point, but I still enjoyed it and am planning on reading the third book of the series. I recommend this book to people who like books such as The Hunger Games. So far this book has delivered a similar message in a way that I have enjoyed. If you like a dystopian novel with a good fight every now and then then this is the book for you. Make sure to read the first one though. Using theme, setting, and strong vocabulary Ally Condie has written a true winner in her book Crossed.