Crossed by Ally Condie, Reviewed by Chris Watkins


by Ally Condie

Chris Watkins                        5th period                                  10-4-13

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of whom 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.

Have you ever felt helpless, where you couldn’t find your true love? Well in this sequel to the first book “Matched”, Ky has found his way into a similar life that he used to have, but soon he will find his old horrible life in the outer provinces will become better when he finds his true love doing the same thing he is. Also in this book Cassia is sent to death, in the outer provinces, but she soon finds out that that was the best decision she has ever made. My favorite parts about this book is the characters, setting, and mysterious conflicts. Crossed by Ally Condie.

The characters in this book are mysterious because as you read the story, new characters pop up everywhere. My favorite character in this story is Ky. The main characters were Cassia, Ky, and Xander. Some of the less important characters are Vick, Eli, Hunter, and Indie. They also made big differences in this book. I also liked how Ky and Cassia compared  Eli, to the character Bram in the previous book Matched.

The setting in this was very interesting and different. There was no similarity between the settings in the first and second book. The setting was mostly in the cavern. Which was where the farmers, supposedly were hiding out. There were some other small settings like Central, which is the capital of the society. Also there was the place where Ky, Indie, and Cassia met the rising near the river, beyond the carving.

Last but not least, the conflicts in this book. One of the most popular and most common conflict in this book was the firing in the outer provinces. Ky was the only character to be there when they happened. Also there was a conflict in the carving. When the society fired bombs down into the carving and killed Vick. Also, there was one last conflict between, Indie and the rising in the end of the book.

In conclusion, I overall enjoyed the book Crossed. It was one of the best sequels that I’ve read in awhile, and I intend to keep reading the series. Overall I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I encourage this book to be read by teens or adults that love romance or love stories. I certainly enjoyed the great characters, mysterious, settings, and different conflicts. Crossed by Ally Condie.


4 responses

  1. First of all, I have never read this book, yet after reading your review of it, it makes me want to start the series. I like how you structured the first paragraph of your review, it was creative and isn’t common in most reviews which intrigues the reader. I also enjoyed how you didn’t provide an abundance of summary; you only summarized what I needed to know in order to understand what you were talking about. This being said, I think if you would have analyzed the characters a little when discussing them instead of just stating if they were main characters or not, I would have gotten a better sense of the book and how you felt about it. Overall I think this is a very well written paper and I’m looking forward to reading your next book review.

    1. Dear Rherb, I appreciate what you said about you wanting to start reading the series based upon my book review. Also, I will take note on what you said about analyzing the characters more instead of just stating wheather they were important in the story or not. I will definitely be looking forward to using that strategy on my next book review. From what advice you have given me, Mrs.Baisden has never said anything about that to me before. So I’m especially grateful that you have pointed that out to me. There one thing that I would really like if you could give me some advice on if you can. Could you give me some advice on how to use proper grammar usage. I feel that if I could use this strategy then I would be able to make my book reviews much better than what they are now. Thank you for yor comment, and helpful advice on analyzing the characters more. I hope that you can also give me some advice on how to use proper grammar. I will be sure to analyze the characters more in my next review.
      Chris Watkins

  2. Your thesis outlines what you talk about in your review – setting, characters, and conflicts – so good job there. The second sentence in your introductory paragraph is worded a bit confusing: “…Ky has found his way into a similar life that he used to have, but soon he will find his old horrible life in the outer provinces will become better when he finds his true love doing the same thing he is.” Maybe break this up into two sentences to make it more understandable. When you describe the setting, I like how you inform the reader that it is completely different from the setting in the first novel. I feel like this would be really important to potential readers that are familiar with the first book. You could maybe give the audience more details about the setting such as telling us what the “cavern” looks like and its purpose. You could do the same with “the rising” in order clarify more information for the reader. I really enjoy the way you rate the book with “stars” – it makes it seem like a legitimate book review. Good job so far!

    1. Dear BAdkins, I would like to start out by thanking you for everything that you have said about my book review, I appreciate everything that you’ve said. I will be sure to watch for run-on sentences, and try not to make anymore mistakes. Again, I would like to thank you for giving me your point of view on my book review in your comment. Also, thank you for telling me what I did wrong so I could fix it.

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