Rating: 2 out of 5
Ok, well that was underwhelming. I just finished Crossed, the second book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. Sometimes I think I'm just too nice to a book series. I think to myself, "Oh, it'll get better...I'm sure it's just building up to some action-packed scenes...Ok, then maybe it's more of a character novel..." etc. etc.
This book fails like many sequels, because it follows the notion that the second novel is allowed to be the least exciting of trilogies. Just the bridge from beginning to end! But honestly, if you write like that, why have the bridge at all?
In this installment, the chapters flip-flop between teenage love interests Cassia and Ky's perspectives. They've escaped the corrupt Society and are desperately looking for each other while discovering answers on how to join the rebellion called the Rising. During their travels, they meet a few other ostracized youth and bond together through their turmoil.
If it sounds interesting, sorry, it's not. It takes half the book for Cassia and Ky to reunite, and all they do is spout off melodramatic drivel and kiss every now and then. This series will obviously be compared to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, because both authors are Mormon and cater to the high school girl demographic. However, at least Meyer understands sexual tension! Mormon or not, if you're going to write about teenage love, throw in some raging hormones at least, sheesh!
This book is just straight-up dull. Much like Meyer's sequel New Moon, it sucks when you present a love triangle and then don't include the entire triangle in the book! Why should I care about characters like Xander, if they're not going to stick around? However, whereas Meyer created a passionate rivalry between Teams Edward and Jacob, I don't feel the chemistry between Condie's characters. She suffers from too much telling and not enough showing--just because Cassia and Ky say they love each other, doesn't mean I'll believe them.
Basically, all these characters do is run around in the wilderness. I was greatly disappointed, but I feel I've invested enough in the series to finish it when the last book comes out at the end of this year. This series better not go from great to horrendous like The Hunger Games trilogy did--otherwise I might stop reading YA fiction for a while.
Next on my to-read list is F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night...I need to take a break from fluff for a while. And be on the lookout for my audiobook review of Mindy Kaling's autobiography!