I finished reading Matched by Allie Condie a few days ago and I was excited to start Crossed ASAP to see what happens next between Cassia and Xander. Cassia and Ky.
Before the first book ended, Ky was being taken away from his parents, and Cassia promised to find him no matter what happens. On top of that, Cassia and her family are being relocated to a different farmland where the Society can keep a close eye on them.
The second book, Crossed, is narrated by Cassia’s and Ky’s points of view. The book starts with Ky who is now at the Outer Provinces; a dangerous place where the Enemy attacks civilians from the Society. Cassia on the other hand is in a work camp. Her father knows Cassia loves Ky so he requested to have her sent near the Outer Provinces because she is “showing signs of rebellion.” His real reason, however, is to help Cassia get closer to Ky so she could find him.
Let me put this fact in the open: I am #TeamKy all the way instead of #TeamXander. My expectations were high. I thought Cassia and Ky will find each other immediately and they start forming a plot to take over the Society or maybe find the rebels ASAP and go on from there.
I WAS SO WRONG.
Cassia went to the Outer Province to find Ky. Meanwhile, Ky wants to go back to their old province to find Cassia.
Do you see my dilemma here? I see a long, agonizing journey ahead of them. I was hoping the author would not make it seem like the book is all about their quest to get back into each others arms. Sadly, it felt like the book was about 80% of the travel; how much they ran, what The Carving looks like and its different shades and hues, admiration to the sky and its colors, and so on.
Cassia kept on thinking about Ky and how much she loves him. I totally understand that thinking about the person you love is normal. However, it reaches to a point of obsessiveness when you constantly think about a person (eg. Cassia was scaling up a mountain and thought of how Ky might love the view). Girl, you need to stop thinking about that boy for a second, hang on for dear life, and hope you don’t fall off the cliff.
“…when someone knows your story they know you. And they can hurt you. It’s why I give mine away in pieces, event to Cassia.”
Ky doesn’t seem mysterious anymore. I realized that this young boy harbors so much trauma, pain, and suffering from his past that he built a wall to prevent anybody from hurting him again. He has trust issues, and he doubts Cassia’s feelings for him.
“My mother painted with water, and my father played with fire.”
I do like the fact that this book gives us a background of Ky’s past, his mother and his father, and how he became the person that he is. It shows his father’s teachings and how Ky absorbed those lessons. It also shows how his mother was so gentle and creative and how Ky is just as creative as his mother.
There were a few characters that was added in this book: Indie, Vick, Eli, and Hunter. I will not dwell on them too much, but they played a big part in helping Cassia and Ky find the Rising, a rebellious group who fights to defeat the Society.
(Is it just me or is there a lot of books with a rebellious group called The Rising?)
Anyway… I have mixed feelings with this book. I am not sure when I will read Reached and I certainly don’t know what to expect next.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars