By Ally Condie. Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game. On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever.
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View all comments. Cassia wuvs Ky. Ky wuvs Cassia.
They both wuv poetry and art. Nobody else understands their wuv for poetry and art. That's why they wuv each other. Cassia and Ky's wuv is forbidden. Society no approve of their wuv. Sociey seperates wuv -birds. Cassia should wuv her Society chosen match Xander. Xander wuvs Cassia, cos we can't be deprived wuv triangle. Cassia confunded, does Cassia wuv Xander too?? Cassia has epiphany, she wuvs them both - oh 1. Cassia has epiphany, she wuvs them both - oh noes!!
Cassia seaches for her wuv Ky. Ky searches for his wuv Cassia. Cassia's new friend Indie, wuvs Xander. Indie fell in wuv with Xander after watching short video of him. Indie never even met Xander but she still wuvs him - oh the power of wuv! The Resistance would wuv to destroy the Society. Society does not wuv the Resistance. Cassia would wuv to join Resistance. Ky does not wuv the Resistance Resistance did not help save Ky's parents, whom he wuved.
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The Enemy wuvs no-one, so they fight the Society. Society mad, it would wuv to kill the Enemy. Cassia wuvs Ky but also wuvs idea of joining the Resistance. Ky torn.. The end.. View all 81 comments. Shelves: brain-cell-killers , damn-love-traingles , i-become-a-snark-shark-for-this , why , structure-whats-that , ya , plot-was-on-vacation , read-em-once-then-it-s-done , dystopian , sigh.
This was a book? There really are no words properly defining my rage. A story should draw you in with its writing and send you off on an adventre that does a good job at blowing your mind. Crossed did not do that. It refused to do that. In fa Rage. What does that tell you about my attention span for this thingy? And so I did. Took me a year, but I actually finished a whole draft by graduation. 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.
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Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever. And with a cover with as painful a position as this piece of work: Yeah. No thanks. Le writing. As much as this book infuriates me above all reason, I have to give a second star to Condie and her ability to incorporate awesome poetry as well as the ability to write some decent scenes. I mean, the scene where Cassia and Ky finally reunite?
Love it to bits. Everything leading up to that? Way too many robots. This book is a huge massive mess. Just like Book the First. Cassia is actually changing, and thank god I see some sort of hope in this book even if the spine of the story is deteriorated to absolutely nothing. I will reiterate: Condie cannot write a story. She cannot follow the POVs of two different characters. Ky should not sound like Cassia, and Eli should sound a lot younger than the oldest kid Hunter. This comes into the importance of character voices.
I mean, doing a voice should be easier in 1st person because you can use fragments and be as choppy as you damn well please. I know I got a second story involving zombies. It follows a hard-working police officer and a cynical math sub who hates where his futures going. What would happen if they sounded the same? It would sound like this book.
I swear, every time I felt myself getting bored, my eyes would stare at the invisible camera like this: Characters Cassia and Ky were basically the same person. They started out having difference, but no, they blended into one being by the end of Crossed. I was happy though, that we got a few new characters who were interesting and had voices all their own: Eli and Indie. Indie was the shit. She was determined and fierce. I fucking loved her. These characters have the potential, they really do.
I hate to say it, I do, but it pisses me off so much that this book fails because that potential is indeed there. I see it! Xander has gotten no screen time in this series. Also, what about the rest of her family? Reyes, Bram, anybody. That Norah chick or whoever? Or how about that Mira girl from page 20 that we never see again ever?
This was just bogus. Nonsensical dumb stuff. There is structure, but it is a skeleton. It follows a completely different premise of the first. The fuck? Oh, and lemme list all the capitalized things in this book. Because I found it necessary. Out of all those things, I can really tell you in detail what There are way too many questions right now that are just blowing my mind.
The world-building I tell ya I was also left baffled by some of the concepts Condie brought up in this book. How does that work? Are they born in non-Society boundaries? There is no climax. And lemme tell you, the paths are indeed twisted more than ever. Every book in a series should have a climax. Not a big battle, but something that will set the plans in motion for the next book. It is not good. One that has a plot, and an ending, and words that tell a story. View all 45 comments. This is actually getting 2. I'm being nice. Crossed did a good job of continuing the romance between Cassia and Ky, and honestly, I do like the romance between them.
Not too hot-n-heavy, not to whiney. Not too hot-n-heavy, not to whiney-piney, it's sweet and simple. I also liked the conflict that was created between all the relationships going on, even though we all know just how beaten to death love triangles are. Cassia still doesn't know whether she should chose Xander, the guy she was originally matched with, or go with Ky who has shown her a whole new way of life.
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Was anybody else wondering that? Were they attracted to each other? I couldn't tell, but this definitely peaked my curiosity and I wonder what will be going on between them in the future The new characters that were introduced in Crossed -- namely Indie, Eli, Vick and Hunter-- were all likable, if somewhat lackluster and underdeveloped. I thought that Indie was strong and brave, which Cassia really needed while she was trying to survive in the wilderness, and I'm glad that Ky decided to take Eli and Vick with him, so there was some interaction going on during his parts of the story.
Hunter was sort of a mystery, although we know that he has a sad background. I also liked the descriptive language used to paint a picture of what The Carving-- AKA the giant canyon that Ky and Cassia escape to-- was like. For the most part, I was able to see the rugged landscape and the different settings that both Cassia and Ky traveled through, which created a stark contrast to the perfect, pristine setting of The Society from the first book.
First of all-- let's not beat around the bush here-- the plot was one gigantic snooze-fest. And I'm not just talking molasses in January slow-- I'm talking lucky if you aren't comatose by the time you finish it slow. I find this to be an unfortunate yet typical issue with second books in trilogies-- it's why many avid readers call it "Second Book Syndrome," because you are seriously lucky if you haven't died of boredom by the time you reach the end. But Crossed really takes the prize for S. S in my opinion-- mainly because the narrative is reflective to the point of being totally ridiculous.
I mean, you're in the moment, and then all of a sudden, one of the characters starts reminiscing about some memory, or starts considering a leaf or a piece of grass and thinking, "Wow, how beautiful. This green leaf reminds me of the color of my Match banquet dress, and my mom and dad, and my childhood, and it's so pretty, what a beautiful blade of grass I think I will write a poem about it. And what's more, I don't understand the point of it.
None of the memories are ones we haven't already heard about from the first book, and they don't bring us to any mind-blowing revelations about what's going on in the present. They're just pretty and empty and-- I'm sorry-- don't add much to the plot, except that I had to work that much harder to not fall asleep.
My second issue with this series-- and this book in particular-- is that there is pretty much zero context or motivation for anything that is going on. This is a problem not just with the main characters, but with the entire world that they live in. I have so many questions that haven't been answered yet, starting with: 1. We're told that they want to "increase efficiency" and stop death, but how the heck does getting rid of music and paintings do this??
WHO is "The Enemy" that is mentioned at least a hundred times throughout the story and what is their motivation for rising up against The Society and killing people in the Outer Provinces? Wouldn't this be an important little tidbit of info to let us in on?? WHO are these people in "The Rising" and what the heck is their motivation?
To get rid of The Society? The Enemy? And also, why does Cassia want to join The Rising's rebellion so badly when she has no idea who they even are or what they actually stand for? What exactly was everyone's ultimate goal in this book? Why were they wandering around a canyon for almost pages? I'm sorry, but if I get to the end of a book and have little understanding of why anything just happened and I close the thing with a ginormous blank stare on my face-- you missed something.
Like, badly. So basically what I'm trying to say is that, the writing wasn't bad and the characters weren't bad even though they are pretty boring too , but pretty much everything about Crossed was incredibly vague and confusing. And forget about action because there wasn't any. There was a lot of description, but unfortunately not in the places where I actually needed it. This is similar to how Matched was written, but I can forgive Matched because it was the first book in the series and there was at least some action going on. I expected that in this second book, there would be more explanation about the Society and the Enemy, but unfortunately I was left even more confused than I was at the end of the first book!
Crossed just seemed like a lot of aimless wandering around, without actually getting anywhere. And it is very frustrating when you read something like this for the entire length of a book, but nothing is ever really explained about what everyone is trying to accomplish and why. So I don't know. For me, this is just one those series that meets my most basic standards of being "good," but never leads up to anything that really makes it stand out as being incredible or even really memorable.
I thought that the writing was "good" if somewhat bland in places, the narrative flowed well between Cassia and Ky's points of view, and there was nothing outwardly annoying in this book, besides the fact that I can't find a motivation for anything in this plot for the life of me. My final comment would be "meh.
Lea LC's Adventures in Libraryland View all 23 comments. Matched was one of my most favorite dystopian lit. That being said, I really looked forward to reading Crossed this year. Did it disappoint me? But there are a few things that, I don't know, let's just get on with it: First of all, I was quite shocked when I found out that the book was written in two different points of view. There's nothing wrong with it, but still, it had me thinking that without Ky's point of view, there would be a whole lot of holes to fill just to complete the stor Matched was one of my most favorite dystopian lit.
There's nothing wrong with it, but still, it had me thinking that without Ky's point of view, there would be a whole lot of holes to fill just to complete the story. Second, I'm not really sure if it's just me, but one of the things that I really loved in Matched was how creative it was narrated, like somehow that words didn't sound like prose, but poetry. In Crossed, it didn't seem as much. But anyways, all in all, I loved Matched and I would give it a 4. Here comes the spoilers because I just can't help not sharing them : If you're tempted to read them, go on ahead, they're only three anyway.
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Xander is part of the Rising!!! Now I didn't see that coming : All along, I thought that Xander's double crossing would have something to do with giving away Cassia's mad chase for Ky and bringing her back to Society or something. LOL, the love square is growing pretty quickly. I hope that Indie does end up with Xander, so that Cassia and Ky will finally get together in the end. It's really quite annoying how hard it was to find the Rising yet it was so easy for them to just return Cassia to Central.
Not to mention, it's also annoying because I don't even know anyone from the Society yet, who the real leader is. Because I was really looking forward for Ally Condie to shed some light on the Society. Like in the Hunger Games, there was President Snow.
I'm still looking for the Snow character in this series. UHH, looking forward to Book 3! So excited! View all 17 comments. I really wanted to like this book. But I found the task impossible. While I loved Matched, I think Condie did not keep up the original ideas, tight plot, and romantic suspense that worked in the first book.
She tries using two narrators, but does not distinguish their voices. Other than the heading on the top of each chapter to delineate who was talking, it was almost impossible to figure out who was the narrator. The plot was completely lackluster. Nothing really happens. Most of the events in I really wanted to like this book. Most of the events in this book could have been condensed into less than pages, but instead Condie drags them out with sappy scenes of her two lovebirds. I like a little love story with my dystopian fiction, but this was overboard. She also seems to be under the impression that readers think there might be a chance Cassia will end up with Xander.
We all know she's going to end up with Ky. So why drag out the supposed love triangle? It just made me feel that Condie doesn't respect the intelligence of her readers. I enjoyed Condie's beautiful writing in the first book, but I think she might have let the positive reviews of Matched go to her head.
Her use of forbidden poetry was not as interesting in Crossed, and the poetry she tries to use in her own prose was too much. It got to the point where I was skimming because I just didn't care anymore, and I could tell Condie wasn't going anywhere special. I was profoundly disappointed.
I gave this two stars instead of one because I think teens might get through this book without complaint, and because it was an easy read. I'm always more angry if I've put a lot of time into reading a book, only to be disappointed. Crossed only required a few hours. View all 6 comments. I feel alone in my feelings for this series.
I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Crossed is told in two point of views, between Ky and Cassia. And I liked getting to learn a little bit more about Ky and his history. Condie is an I feel alone in my feelings for this series. Crossed was slow paced, but again I was expecting that because of Matched. I never felt like anything was happening. Sure there are obstacles that the characters must overcome, but I never felt that gripping moment of heightened anxiety.
As Crossed came to a close I felt rather disappointed. It was as though we were, exactly where we left off in Matched, we know that the Society is keeping things from us, but we are no closer to solving it. Apr 21, EmBibliophile rated it it was ok. This was bad. And boring. View all 4 comments. Jan 23, Dannii Elle rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction-sagacity , romantic-recollections. I feel like I knew the formula for this series before I had even read it: book one set up the story and introduced the futuristic community that strove to make a better human race, book two plots the escape of the few who dare to question the societal hierarchy, and I am anticipating book three will concern them overcoming their plight and freeing their entire society.
I am a little bored of the dystopian genre at the moment, only because of the repetitiveness of the story line. This was c I feel like I knew the formula for this series before I had even read it: book one set up the story and introduced the futuristic community that strove to make a better human race, book two plots the escape of the few who dare to question the societal hierarchy, and I am anticipating book three will concern them overcoming their plight and freeing their entire society.
This was cookie-cutter YA dystopian and therefore lacking any originality and held little interest for me. This book is the second installment in the Matched trilogy and, in all honesty, felt a little pointless. Weeks later Cassia also finds herself sent to the same camp only to find that Ky has made his escape only days before. Cassia follows suit and after pages and pages of literally nothing happening, they finally meet in the canyons bordering these outer provinces. This was pretty emotional and dramatic but way too angsty and with far too much focus on the romantic relationship for my liking.
I wanted fear of the enemy and society to be dominating their thought-process and fueling their reactions. Literally nothing happened here! This whole book was a back-and-forth plot of both Cassia and Ky making their individual escapes from society and being oh-so-close-but-oh-so-far from each other. Once they had convened the plot still felt stalled and there was no discernible tension or confrontation. The side characters that emerged in this book were interesting and I initially wanted to learn more about their past and individual stories. Their existence proved to be surplus, however, and they added nothing to the plot and had zero impact in the outcome of the story.
There were so many implausible scenarios that occurred in this that are too numerous to recount here. The rebellious teenagers somehow, inexplicably escaped their myriad of plights with no side effects or consequences for their actions and this just felt so unrealistic. Without the tension, there was no climax to this story, and without a climax this felt entirely pointless! There were far too many coincidences and far too little happening to make this hold my interest for any length of time and this was pretty much a test of my endurance for me to even get through it!
The writing is beautifully poetic and deserves more than the two stars I have awarded it, but the plot barely scrapes a half-star rating, in my opinion. View all 3 comments. Maybe even 2. Not what I was expecting. I wanted to like this book more. I really did, since the first book was amazing, but I just couldn't. There's so many questions that are still unanswered, and not much really happened in this book. It was really slow and I often got distracted during reading it. Unlike when I was reading the first book, which I automatically got sucked into. I just expected so much more for this book.
Oh well Hopefully book three will be much better. View 2 comments. Hey, one of those shards from the broken bubble is really close to the model's fist, so it looks like she's giving readers the finger. View all 8 comments. May 15, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was ok Shelves: dystopia , sci-fi. Crossed is I think a little better than the first book-Matched but it's still not enough to achieve greatness. The addition of new characters contributed in making the story a bit more interesting but the "dragging" factor is still there.
What I liked though about this story is Cassia's determination to find Ky whom she chooses ever Xander who still hopes to win Cassia In a way, the love triangle built in this sequel earned the reader's attention especially when Indie who falls for Xander' Crossed is I think a little better than the first book-Matched but it's still not enough to achieve greatness. What I liked though about this story is Cassia's determination to find Ky whom she chooses ever Xander who still hopes to win Cassia In a way, the love triangle built in this sequel earned the reader's attention especially when Indie who falls for Xander's picture but later wants Ky enters the scenario.
But still, there seems to be something missing. Although it hit shelves with a great deal of fanfare and marketing to-do, beyond the strikingly pretty cover, I found little to get excited over. My feelings were lukewarm, at best. Crossed proved to be a similarly anti-climatic book for me, although this time I could moderate my pre-reading expectations with my Matched experience. Being in a glass-half-full mood and not much of a series abandoner 2. Being in a glass-half-full mood and not much of a series abandoner, despite my best efforts , I decided to read Crossed to see if it could provoke a stronger response.
The answer to that is: marginally. I think that I do prefer the second instalment in this trilogy, but my reservations and opinions formed by the first remain firmly intact. As with Matched, poetry features heavily in Crossed and is liberally referenced. To the point where a scene of much urgency and panic is followed up by chapters where the characters sit around and read poetry. While Condie writes well, with some genuinely lovely passages, I found that yet again, the writing is weighed down by the pages of introspection and poetic ponderings on love.
What works better in Crossed, in my opinion, is the setting. While there are still vast blanks left to be puzzled over and filled in where possible by the reader, the natural environment that Crossed takes place in feels more fully fleshed out. The Society itself is not so much at the fore of this story, which makes for less confusion and questions about the worldbuilding.
The problem with this is that at times, I found the voices of Cassia and Ky to be almost indistinguishable. The issues that Ky carries from his past and must confront fail to lend his voice much distinction. While Xander makes a brief personal appearance, his presence is still very much felt throughout Crossed , keeping the love triangle element alive and well.
As with Matched I have no real investment in either of these characters. As compelling choices to generate conflict in the story — they still leave me rather cold. Based on my feelings at the end of Crossed , Cassia could choose either one and I would feel the same way. Which is.. There are good elements here: the tension is increased, the secondary characters more interesting, there is a promise of more action to come.
But overall, I still found myself bored and rather unmoved by these characters. There is a certain blandness to this story that prevents me from feeling an emotional connection to it. View all 19 comments. I was super excited about it mainly because I love the cover. It's so pretty! And how cool is she matching the colors after the tablets? I bet the third book will follow the red color scheme. Anyway, after meeting Ally Condie, who is super sweet and told me I look like Cassia, I was all sorts of thrilled to read this book.
My first thoughts were, oh my gosh this is going to be so action packed after the way Matched ended! In truth, that was not necessarily the case. I've discovered that Condie's writing style is different from other dystopian books I've read. A lot leave you breathless and anticipating the next thrilling scene, but Crossed can be defined as artistic. The writing is poetic, as are the poems referenced inside. The style is beautiful. Condie may not be throwing cliff hangers after every chapter, but she knows how to craft a beautifully written novel.
Crossed is told from both Ky's and Cassia's point of view. This is not spoilery because Condie even said in her YouTube promo video "Crossed is told from both Ky's and Cassia's point of view. Anyway, she exposes both character's viewpoints gracefully, letting the reader enter their worries, fears, and thoughts laced with love. It was interesting to see how Ky feels about Cassia from his point of view. In turn, I felt like Cassia had grown as a character from the last novel. She's strong, motivated, and although she still is emotional, she still cares with her whole heart.
The only thing I wanted more in this novel was Xander! To be honest, I think I love him more than Ky. Although he was mentioned quite a bit throughout this novel, I wanted to feel his presence more. However, Condie seemed to create opportunities for him to appear in the final novel. At first, I was a little disappointed with the pacing. However, I soon realized I was reading the book wrong. It doesn't seem like you're supposed to dive through this book. It's like drinking fine wine--you should enjoy it slowly and relish in the wonderfully written dialogue, language, and paragraphs.
You should revel in the magnificence of the words and think about how they could impact you. Once I started enjoying it that way, the book began to pick up for me. As with any sequel, there are new characters. I enjoyed Eli and Indie. Throughout most of the book, though, I wasn't sure if I fully trusted her. Even after reading it, I'm still suspicious! Eli is a trooper, though, and I love the meaning behind his character and why he was with Ky.
A lot of this book gives you insight to background information and history, but I'm hoping that will all part a huge part in the final novel. If you enjoyed Matched, you can pick up Crossed when it comes out in November If the point of this sequel was to provide "food for thought", someone should tell the author over-eating is bad, very very bad, as was this sequel. About half way through this novel, I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish.
This promising series took a turn for the worse. What started out as an intriguing adventure became a forced introspective on the "oh so sad" human condition by way of paragraph after paragraph of what almost read like sermon. I felt a certain obligation to myself to see i If the point of this sequel was to provide "food for thought", someone should tell the author over-eating is bad, very very bad, as was this sequel.
I felt a certain obligation to myself to see it through, however the thought of then having to read another book after this one, just to know how it all ends, exhausted me. Maybe I should have quit while I was ahead. I have never stopped mid-series ever though, and even contemplating it was a telling first. So many things made this book an almost embarassing yawnfest, but to go over every reason why would be like reliving the boredom so I'll pick just a few.
Ah, the poetry. The poetry crammed in yes, poetry was mostly irrelevant to the story. It seemed as though, in some places, the story had actually been written around the author's desire to shove her own poetry in. It came across as a desperate attempt to gain praise for her brilliant poetry writing ability and her amazingly in-depth analyzation of existent poetry heavy sarcasm. Lastly, the message I understand this genre often carries an underlying if not outright commentary on society, but there was just too much of this here, especially when the Society they are trying to escape in the story is less than uncomfortable compared to other dystopian novels.
I was never overwhelmingly appalled at the conditions they were living in, so reading page after page of the author making her feelings about our current society known by way of a character's inner dialogue, ad nauseum, was almost more than I could bear. It is one thing to drive the point home, it is another to nail it through the reader's forehead with a dull nail and soft slow blows.
So, when is the third and final book in the trilogy set to debut? I couldn't care less. How it all ends will never be a mystery to me because I don't even care enough to wonder. With Crossed , Ally Condie committed the crime of writing a slow-paced, conflict-lacking middle book in a series. I recall enjoying Matched to an extent, but reading Crossed caused me to question my prior positive feelings for Matched. Condie can write. There were some beautiful phrases and sentences in Crossed. However, for the most part Condie's prose lacked any power or punch - her writing was void of emotion. I noticed it in the first book, but attributed it to Cassia's sheltered lifestyle wit With Crossed , Ally Condie committed the crime of writing a slow-paced, conflict-lacking middle book in a series.
I noticed it in the first book, but attributed it to Cassia's sheltered lifestyle within the Society. Now, I realize that Condie could not include a strong voice for either of her characters - in fact, I had a difficult time differentiating between Ky and Cassia. I found the characters themselves flat too. I could not connect to Cassia or Ky or Eli or Indie, and even the romance between Cassia and Ky seemed shallow, most likely as a result of Condie doing too much telling and not enough showing. Strangely out of all the characters I like Xander the best, even though he was cut out of almost the entire book and is only brought up when Cassia or Ky take the time to reflect on him.
And the characters reflected a lot in Crossed. Don't get me wrong, rumination is not a bad thing - but when you dedicate page after page and chapter after chapter only to a character's internal thought process, you run the risk of losing the reader's interest. Which is exactly what happened with Crossed , because despite the decent character development, the lack of immediacy or actual actions of the Society and the Enemy allowed my boredom to burgeon. After reading this one, I'm not sure if I'll read the third book in the series. I recommend Crossed to fans of Matched who want to see how the plot progresses - but if you didn't like Matched , don't bother picking up Crossed.
It'll be a waste of your time. It's hard to even know exactly where to begin. I wanted so badly to love this book, because I have been dying to read it from the moment I finished Matched last year, which I had given 5-stars to. While Matched is perhaps closer to 4-stars at times, ultimately I found myself very interested in the World that Condie built and in the relationships developed throughout the book.
Unfortunately loving Crossed is out of the question and I realized this very early on. The book begins right where Matched It's hard to even know exactly where to begin.
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The book begins right where Matched left off. I won't go into what happens in the book, since so many people have already covered that, but I will say that little happens that falls outside of the description of the book. There were many times where I would close my Kindle App and start playing Words with Friends, because the book would get to such a boring state that I wanted to wake myself up a bit before trying to continue on. I feel like a very large portion of the book could have been cut out and I would have enjoyed it just the same.
Boredom aside, the other large complaint I have about Crossed is the alternating narratives. Now, don't get me wrong, I actually quite enjoy alternating narratives and I enjoy seeing things from a different perspective, but not if you cannot determine whose POV you are reading from. There were MANY times where the only way I could differentiate between who was speaking was to turn back to the chapter page to see if it was titled Cassia or Ky.
Neither of the two main characters had a distinct voice for a good chunk of the chapters. I think toward the end I did find it easier to differentiate between the two, as I much preferred reading from Ky's POV.
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Cassia for the later part of the book got on my nerves, a lot. Another aspect that kind of bothered me after the fact was that I did not really feel that Cassia and Ky had a huge connection. I realize they are doing these crazy things to get to each other, but I just didn't feel it. To go through what they have, I expect there to be an intense love between the two, as you would have no motivation otherwise to go through these things and I just did not feel it. It all felt very superficial. This was one of the factors that toward the end helped me better differentiate between the two POVs - if the love seemed sincere, I knew it was Ky, otherwise I knew it had to be Cassia.
The last thing that really bothered me was the vagueness of it all. Who is The Enemy? How can an entire book go on about The Enemy attacking without once implying who they may be? Are they Farmers, people from the Rising, people from Society? I don't know and neither will you, not even after reading the entire book. These four major things aside, there were aspects I liked about the book.
I really enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, particularly Eli and Vick view spoiler [I felt on the verge of tears when Vick died - particularly after he shared about his love for Laney - it was devastating!