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crossed gets a starred review from kirkus!


We received our first major professional review for CROSSED and it is from Kirkus. And it’s a starred review!


I am giddy, giddy, giddy about this. Here is a little of what they had to say:

“Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy…

“Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie’s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars…

“Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book.”

They said more nice things, too, but I didn’t include them JUST IN CASE there are those of you who prefer to avoid all things spoilery.

I am absolutely thrilled. CROSSED is the most personal book I’ve written, for a variety of reasons. I care so much about these characters and their story and the setting–I had to get it all right, and it took a lot of work. My editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, was patient and wise throughout this collaboration. I’m deeply grateful to her.

November 1 is coming up so quickly…less than a month left before CROSSED is out in the world. I can’t wait!

+ comments (16)
  • brook
    October 3, 2011

    i am so insanely happy. wonderful work and well deserved.

  • Tricia c
    October 3, 2011

    That’s awesome! I can’t wait to read it!
    Don’t forget, though, that because this isn’t our(my) book, it’s gonna feel like an absolute eternity until November 1.
    I’m looking forward to it though!

  • Jenn
    October 3, 2011

    Congrats on such a lovely review! I can’t wait either! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie M Sellers
    October 3, 2011

    Wonderful news. So looking forward to its release.

  • YABookQueen
    October 3, 2011

    Congrats on the wonderful review! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole Krell
    October 3, 2011

    That is a great review! Can’t wait for the launch party!

  • Ali
    October 3, 2011

    That’s exciting news. You deserve the good reviews for your hard work and talent. I’m happy for you.

  • Ameera
    October 3, 2011

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! Of coarse its a has star reveiws!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Connie
    October 3, 2011


    I can’t wait to read the second book!

  • CharityTinnin
    October 3, 2011

    Congratulations! The review sounds great. Now, I’m anticipating its release even more πŸ™‚

  • Laurel
    October 3, 2011

    Hooray! I can’t wait!!

  • Shari
    October 4, 2011

    Sooooo excited. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year!

  • Emy Shin
    October 4, 2011

    Congratulations! I’m so excited and cannot wait to read CROSSED!

  • Anika
    October 4, 2011

    Yay!!! Ugh, WHY does November have to be SOOO far away?!?! πŸ˜‰

  • becca
    October 5, 2011

    had i any stars to give away, i’d surely give one to you for CROSSED.

  • tearese
    October 6, 2011

    Hey Ally, I got this post on my Facebook and it made me think of your book. Good call predicting the loss of Cursive writing and other arts…

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