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The Crossing

2.83  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In this thrilling dystopian novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Returned, the world is at war and two siblings are forced on the run, challenged to do whatever it takes to save themselves—and each other

Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Park Row Books
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Diane S ☔
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 As I mentioned before in my reviews, that except for the first paragraph I have quit reading the extended summaries of the books I read. I have discovered, however, a slight glitch in even doing this because this book said it was post apocalyptic, and thrinlking, which leads one to believe this was a quick moving book. It wasn't, in fact, it was quite slowly paced. So whle I expected it to be one thing, it turned into another. Book expectations. Took me a while but I fell in to this story of ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Jason Mott's The Crossing is perhaps the most eloquently written novel I have ever read. Simply stunning in its imagery. The characters are so deep and exquisitely described. Everything, just everything, is music in words.

Seeing the less-than-stellar reviews of this book, I almost didn't read it even though it sounded intriguing. I read the synopsis a few times, looked at the stars and reviews, hemmed and hawed. Thankfully the part of me that wanted to read this won out. I simply cannot
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
The Crossing by Jason Mott is a dystopian read that is set in a world where disease has begun to slowly take over the world. It started with the elderly, those over 90 simply went to sleep and did not wake up again. But as time goes on the age that is effected by the sleeping sickness continues to drop lower and lower.

In the beginning no one worried about the disease thinking it was only taking those at the end of their lives anyway. But when it became apparent that sooner rather than later
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a novel of hopelessness. The world is at war, there's some unknown disease that at first attacked only the oldest who would fall asleep and never wake up. Then the Disease affects younger and younger populations. It's also about two twins, Virginia and Tommy, whose parents died when they were five and they have been shuffled between various foster homes. Virginia retains all memories of every minute of every day and everything that happens. She remembers everything she see and everything ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jason Mott has done it again with another captivating read, The Crossing, set in a dystopian world where a disease has eaten at the human race by rendering those affected forever sleep. That's right. I know we all have had a moment where we wonder if we go to sleep, will we wake again. This title is along the same lines of The Returned in terms of the matters in life and death, except the focus here is the other end of the spectrum where those who are healthy just die in their sleep, never to ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Premise is great but the book never really got anywhere and didn't engage me. I gave it 33% and decided to put this one down.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tommy and Virginia are twins. They depend on each other because they are all that's left. Their parents died when the twins were young, forcing them into the foster system. Then The Disease came, killing first the elderly then progressively trickling down to younger and younger victims. The people go to sleep and just never wake up. As the planet ticked down towards destruction, war broke out. Now young people are being drafted to die in senseless violence. The world is burning it's candle at ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

Jason Mott is a new-to-me author. The Crossing grabbed my attention, I was pulled in by the premise and I loved the tone and atmosphere created by the author.

The Crossing has to be one of the most eloquently written books I’ve ever read. There is an elevated quality to the writing that sets it apart from other books, I would almost call it poetic in nature. Sometimes this sort of thing can turn me off of a book, but in this case, it perfectly reflected the protagonist. This story is
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Mankind is not putting up much of a fight.
I can feel the Earth slowing on its axis, slowing to a stop.
Set in a dystopian world, a disease that puts people to sleep and eventually kills them has wiped out 20% of the population and the death toll is climbing as wars rage on, and polar ice caps melting is adding to the disaster.

This is more a story about family.
17 year
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Jason Mott’s The Crossing tension is created in the reader's desire for Virginia to find something outside herself and her brother, something tangible or intangible, anything that will create a desire to move forward. She has the hope of a young cynic, the love of her brother, and the dream of a better planet. The premise is utilized with skill and the reader will ultimately get the pay off in the end. This is a deserving read and a solid addition to this genre.

Thank you to NetGalley, Park
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Can't believe I'm the first person reviewing this, Mott, after all, has made quite a name for himself. My first introduction to his was via Resurrection the short lived tv show, based on his fiction debut The Returned. So I went and read The Returned and was promptly disappointed. It wasn't a terrible read by any means, but it left a lot to be desired. For those unfamiliar with the plot, The Returned are individuals miraculously resurrected, who come back to places they left behind unchanged ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Crossing by Jason Mott is a highly recommended tale about twins struggling to survive in a dying world.

When the Disease first started, it hit only the elderly. Once they got it, they just fell asleep and never woke up. Then the age of those who caught the Disease began to go lower and the recrimination over how or who started the Disease began, turning into a world-wide war. Now the world is in the 10th year of the Disease. Those who lead the war efforts are dying from it, while those who
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ginny—who remembers literally everything—and Tommy—who barely remembers anything—are twins who have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five. At the time of the story, they are seventeen, and their relationship is the core of this book.

The world is falling apart. A disease is killing the elderly and working its way younger and younger. Meanwhile, the world’s youth is being sent off to fight in the latest war.
Rated 3.5 - The Crossing by Jason Mott is an interesting Dystopian adventure about the possible end of the world. I enjoy this author’s writing style for his creativity in every sentence, painting a story with his words in a way that makes me stop and read the last passage over again. I don’t read his books quickly as I feel they need to be savored to find the silver lining in each sentence.

Twins Virginia and Tommy lose their parents early in life. Bounced from one foster home to another, they
Dee/ bookworm
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
#TheCrossing #NetGalley

Publisher synopsis: Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: stay and accept their fate of almost certain death, or run.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher-

Stay and die or run and survive.

Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this e-book ARC through Net Galley from Harlequin-Park Row Books in exchange for a truthful review.

I enjoyed being immersed in the dystopian world Jason Mott has created where teenaged twin orphans, Ginny and Tommy, are trying to find their way to FL, having segues and interacting with a variety of characters, young and old. The premise of the world they are traversing is that it is controlled on two fronts: a sleeping disease which is decimating the population starting with the old,
Mark Crandley
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I struggle with my thoughts on this one. The premise is brilliant and engaging. The book presents a real study on the meaning of memory and its impact on human relationships. But the writing is so overwrought in places that it becomes distracting and the plot is unstable at best. I don't think I've ever read a book that needed a more forceful editor. That said, I'm still thinking about the questions it raised weeks later, which is a sure sign of a provocative work.
Shannon Kovarik
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is something about Jason Mott’s novels that I find absolutely captivating.

Two quotes from this book will linger with me for sometime. “...the heart can break and break and break again, but the turn around and love like it’s never known how.”

“In fact, sometimes forgetting was a blessing. A person couldn’t regret what they couldn’t remember.”

I just connect to his books.
Tamara Morning
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: The Crossing
Author: Jason Mott
Genre: YA/dystopian
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

At first, the disease only took those over age 90, putting them into a sleep they never awoke from. Gradually, the victims grew younger, and the world realized eventually no one of childbearing age would be left awake—or alive. Accusations of blame arose, followed by the war.

Virginia and Tommy have spent most of their lives in the foster care system, fighting to stay together. But now the draft threatens to keep them
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
The reason I never give up hope is because everything is so basically hopeless. - Anne Lamott

Well, I need to give up reading literary dystopian novels. They are just not my cup of tea. They are usually full of philosophical discourses and this story fit that mold.

Some people will enjoy that but I prefer the dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels that I read to have people battling for a better life and I want them to have hope of a better future.

In this tale, Virginia and Tommy Matthews are 17
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an end of the world science fiction with the book following the lives of twins. When Virginia and Tommy they go into a cruel foster car system with the world losing the elderly to the sleeping sickness. Every year the sickness strikes younger people and then the world goes to war in an effort to assign blame. When the twins turn 18 it is expected they join the military and join the war. They decide to run and hide. Along the way they meet some strange and interesting people who try and ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this novel for review. The Crossing is a slow read, but in the end I did like the journey it took me on. The premise was unique and the way in which the author chose to tell the story was original. The writing really set the mood of overall hopelessness while also providing the reader with worthy passages to ponder. However, I didn't really connect to any of the characters and the slow and somber pace was not my favorite, but as hopeless as the novel felt it still ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MonumentToDecency by: Jenna
We build oceans of life under the surface of ourselves. And those around us only get to see what they choose to see, never what we are.
The Crossing… part of what is for me a new genre of ‘quiet books’. Slow action adventures, based more in the mind of its protagonists than in the adventure and action they are slowly experiencing or, often, remembering.

What would you do with a perfect memory? Every moment of your life: every birth, every death, every conversation, every action, every
The first third of the book was 5 stars and then the main character kept telling, and telling, and telling her story. Slow going for the middle third, with a lot of repetition. But the teen twin characters are memorable and the dystopian world seems like it could happen in about 2025.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5, and when I gave up on running into any zombies I enjoyed it much more. But dang, I love me some zombies . . . and I loved me some Tommy.
Lisa B.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I connected pretty quickly with Tommy and Virginia - teenage twins who lost their in a car accident. They grew up in and out of foster care and group homes. Now they are living in a world afflicted by The Disease, which starts out taking the elderly but has slowly progressed to having younger and younger victims. On the run from their current foster Dad, they are trying to make it to Florida to see a space launch to Europa.

The author tells this story in chapters that alternate between the twins
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
What is described as a post apocalyptic story is really the story of a brother and sister trying to define themselves in the aftermath of their parents’ death and in a world going mad. A disease is spreading, a disease that makes the elderly fall asleep and never wake again. War is raging, a war that is eating the young as fast as they can be drafted. The world is crumbling from both ends and Virginia and her brother Tommy are running from everything. She remembers everything, literally. He ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A story about an unofficial dystopian StoryCorps team (if you knew this going into the book maybe it would have been a less disappointing read). Was rather boring...but once you get to the end you realize you were hoping and expecting something more exciting and thus missed the point of the book, you might even reconsider reading it again now that you know the point but it was so boring you just need to walk away. But yet there's something about the book that you might reflect on during your ...more
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Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various journals such as Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment ...more
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