Friday, June 30, 2017

"Crossed" by Ally Condie

Often you can tell how much I am enjoying a book by how quickly it takes me to finish it. I made it through this book fairly quickly, though not quite as quickly as I did “Matched. “Crossed” is, in my opinion, just as good of a book, though it didn’t leave me questioning things as much as “Matched” did. This book seemed to be more of a transitional story, setting things up for the final book in the trilogy.

In “Crossed”, we learn much more about how the Society came to exist as well as about the main characters’ pasts. While describing things happening in the present of the story, we are given much of the history of this world; information that we were left wondering about in “Matched”.  We also learn more about the Rising, a hidden group that disagrees with the Society’s apparent belief that choices are something that only cause problems. The Rising is a group that some believe will help them to be free to make their own choices in life and will help to end the rules that the Society has imposed on everyone.

While I did enjoy this book, I preferred reading “Matched”. “Matched” made me think about and question things much more than “Crossed” did. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy “Crossed”: I did enjoy it and I am very much looking forward to finishing the series. I want to see what will happen with the Society next. Can it survive as is, or will it fall as have so many other governments that tried to control their populations?

Next time, I’ll talk about the final book in the trilogy... “Reached”.

Mom Kat

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