Series: Cassia + Ky 2
Debut: November 1, 2011
Read: March 27 - May 9, 2013
Challenges: Series Catch Up Challenge
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. 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. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 71
Title: *le sigh* I know why I read more and more English: there's just so much more to each word. Crossed as a title referred to several things in the novel, like crossing a rift, crossing a distance, crossing The Society, crossing paths. Sadly, this is in no way working with a German title, so they chose to pick the main event here and titled it "The Escape" which is good but does not relay all the same things and feelings. I always feel sad when something like that happens.
Cover: I like what it represents, and the symbolism if you put the three books next to each other.
Characters: Although developing a stronger sense of self while moving on in the story, Cassia, Ky and Xander all stayed true to character, yet not all moved forward the same way and distance. I felt that Ky, since he was already free-minded to begin with, didn't change much save for a good amount of self-awareness, and with it a new self-confidence. I liked that a lot. Cassia, on the other hand, learned alot of new things, about herself included, went through alot of trials emotionally and physically, but I didn't have the feeling it left a big trace on her character. =(
Xander was reliable as ever, and although you have always the feeling he's too much in the background for a second love interest, I also missed him around for his kindness and smarts. But we found out something interesting about him in the end which made me like him alot more and looking forward to see more of him again in book three.
As for the new characters, I have to say I liked Vick, Eli and Indie as new companions for the journey. They all had special personalities and represent something, like hope, love, anger, and they are all survivors in their own way. There's still more to find out about them, and I'm looking forward to it, because I love me some good sidekicks.
Plot: I have to say I loved that it was a journey in the physical-literal sense as well as metaphorically speaking. I thought Cassia was totally out of her mind as well as in over her head when she deceided to flee into the Outer Provinces to look for him, but thank goodness she met Indie. Withdrawn as she was, I still liked and wanted to trust her. Not like Cassia had much of a choice, but still. Indie was very smart and caring in her own way. Thanks to Indie, Cassia could actually survive and be re-united with Ky, although I feel it was sheer luck just as much as destiny. Pretty unbelivable, but totally romantic, and probably one of the best scenes in the whole book.
Another one of those was them meeting Hunter. I thought my heart would break for him! There was alot of sorrow in this book, really showing all the ugly sides of The Society. I have to say that I love those parts, because they are what make dystopian so appealing to me.
For the ending, I was positively in the category of WTF. I totally hate running in circles like that, but I kinda get the feeling it's all part of the dystopian genre: You have to go back to dig out the root of all evil, or you'll never get rid of all the weeds.
Overall: Although it does not answer a single question about The Society or The Rising, thus doesn't really get us anywhere in the story, it was focusing on the main characters and their development, making them ready for the showdown.
Area Scan: Flow: 2/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5
Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Suspense: 3/5
Discovered: 3+ Hoods
Cassia + Ky Trilogy: #1 Matched | #2 Crossed | #3 Reached
Note: I know I rated Matched 5 hoods back then, because it was all new and very dystopian, but I think it'd get more a 3 or 3.5 now.