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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Crossed - Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie
I enjoyed the first novel in this dystopian trilogy, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Cassia lives in a society where everything is planned out. School, jobs, food, and even partners are chosen by the government. Cassia goes along with everything, until a mistake happens and a bug shows her the wrong partner during her matching ceremony. At the end of the first novel, Cassia determines that she will find a way to join her partner, despite the government's intervention to separate them.

Generally, I try to get about 1/3 of the way through a book before putting it down, but I couldn't get past the first few chapters of this one. The alternating point of view between Cassia and Ky didn't flow well for me. Another thing that immediately turned me off was that the first novel ended with Cassia's determination, while the second book opened with her whining. Being unhappy with the separation from her personally chosen partner is reasonable, it's just a stark contrast to the development of her character from the previous book.

Maybe the novel gets better after that, but I just couldn't stomach it.

Recommended Reads:
The Giver - Lois Lowry
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

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