Crossed (Matched, #2)
By Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books, 2011
367 pages, hardcover
Date Finished: 8/11/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Futuristic, Romance, Adventure, Coming of Age
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.~First Line: "I'm standing in a river."
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.
~Last Line: "It looks, I imagine, as if someone painted stars or flowers at exactly the right time; a momentary capture of beauty that will too soon vanish."
Review: The sequel to Matched was better than I thought it was going to be. I was glued to the pages and didn't want to have to put the book down for anything.
Cassia has been relocated a lot in the beginning of Crossed (remember how her family left the city at the end of Matched?). But anyway, she's out trying to find Ky. She goes through a lot I must say.
You read this book, alternately, in both Cassia's and Ky's perspectives. I think that was my favorite part. In Matched, I was always hoping to hear his thoughts if only for one sentence.
The plot of Crossed was super awesome! Ky and Cassia want to get to each other so bad that they do everything they can, no matter what the cost is. Kyle makes a couple of friends, Eli and another boy whose name starts with a V. Cassia makes a friend in a girl named Indie. Indie is trustworthy, and, like Cassia, she has secrets. Only thing is, the secret Indie has causes more turmoil when it comes to the light.
The characters in general were really great. Everything you learn about them in this book, and what you get to reflect on, had its own peace in the puzzle. The perfect character setup. Feel what the charries feel, etc. :P
Altogether, this novel was ahmazing! The third and final book in the Matched trilogy, which is untitled as the moment, will be out sometime in 2012. Keep your eyes open for it!
Plot Rating: 5
Character Rating: 5
Cover Rating: 5
GoodReads Rating: 5