Publication: November 2011 from Dutton Juvenile
Series: Book 2 in Matched
Rating: 3 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I liked it
Rules Are Different Outside The Society.
Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the 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 and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia’s and Ky’s point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.
Spoilers for Matched!
Anytime I read a second book in a series, I prepare myself for a filler book (just in case), and when it’s not, I am happily surprised. Crossed by Ally Condie is one of those sequels that contains quite a lot of setup for the next book, but also a nicely paced plot and storyline.
Cassia is determined to find Ky and join the rebellion against the Society. Her journey, along with fellow rebel Indie, takes up the majority of the novel. I really enjoyed the fact that we find out more information about the Society and the peoples that live in the Outer Provinces, as well as The Rising (those rebelling against the Society). Although the plot and action is fairly slow, it is never boring. There is always information being presented to Cassia, Ky and those with them (and to the reader, in turn). Cassia does quite a lot of thinking and growing throughout the course of Crossed, trying to figure out where she belongs and what she’s willing to do to stay with the person she loves.
Only major issues I had with the plot was that Cassia no sooner finds Ky, than they’re off on their own separate ways again. Also, there was constant reference to Xander and a secret that he was keeping from Cassia. I couldn’t for the life of me remember if we knew this secret from Matched, or if it was new, so it really drove me nuts trying to figure it out. I do have to say, that Ally Condie’s writing is insanely poetic. I love her style and it’s so easy to get absorbed in Cassia’s world through the words and emotions spilling across the pages. Crossed is a solid second book, and leaves just enough unanswered questions and new information that I’m curious to read the third story in the trilogy.
ARC received from Penguin in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!