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Crossed by Ally Condie (a very brief review)

If you’re looking for an example of why people think middle books of trilogies are just filler books, Crossed is your book.

Prepare yourself for many many pages of wandering in canyons.

(Not that I’m not still looking forward to the final book).

Copy picked up at BEA

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  • Reply Erica November 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Bah! so frustrating! I have yet to read Crossed because I keep forgetting to put it on hold. But if it's just filler, then I'm in no rush.

    North Meets South

  • Reply Merrick November 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Hahahahaha! This is the most hilarious review ever.

  • Reply Elsha November 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Pretty much sums it up. I finished and though– yep, should have waited for the third one before I read this.

  • Reply Jenny November 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    LOL! Yep, exactly how I felt!

  • Reply Angiegirl November 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm


  • Reply Katie Rich November 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    This seems to be the consensus from the reviews I have read. I already wasn't in love with Matched, so I am not sure I am going to try Crossed.

  • Reply Natalie November 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I'm a little ways into it right now, and I keep waiting for something really good to happen. Good to know I don't have to hold my breath!

  • Reply Amy November 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Oh Janssen . . you took the words out of my mouth!! I couldn't wait for it to come and was excited that my husband had happy hour the night it was to arrite on my doorstep because I was sure that I would be in my own world for the night until I finished it, but I have to tell you — I haven't finished it yet. . It sits on my nightstand and there just isn't a drive to finish it! I will probably tonight . . but it has been quite a letdown! But not every second book in a trilogy can be Catching Fire! I am looking forward to Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and hope it won't disappoint like Crossed did. Like you, though I will give Condie the chance to redeem herself with # 3!

  • Reply Miriam November 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Ah heck, really? I haven't read it yet, our libraries are sooo slow to get new books in. I was looking forward to this one 🙁

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy November 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Saw the first today at the store and stopped to read the review because it said, "This year's Hunger Games!" So I read the tag line and thought, "This plot sounds familiar . . . why is that . . ." Then I read an ecstatic critic who said, "Think 'The Giver' only sexier." Ah. That is where I've heard of the plot. So she steals the very cool mind and population control plot but takes out all the innocence of childhood and beauty of shared memory; she stills the big brother control of everything in Hunger Games but leaves out all the exciting plot elements and opts instead for the love triangle. It might as well be Twilight. Blech.

  • Reply Lady Susan November 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    How disappointing!

  • Reply Mia November 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

    That is terribly disappointing. I think I'll just wait until the third one comes out, that way I can be disappointed by the second one and start the third right away and hope for redemption.

  • Reply Michelle November 24, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I gave it until page 90 and had to put it down. I just simply couldn't go on. You are a better woman than I!

  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK November 24, 2011 at 1:28 am


  • Reply Laura H November 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Worst sequel I have ever read. The audio version was even worse. Hope the 3rd one is better.

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