Authors: Ally Condie
Date Released: November 1st, 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
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 points 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...
Crossed was almsot as exciting as Matched, but not really. Crossed begins almost immediately after Matched, with Cassia on the search for Ky so they can reunite and be together again. However, once Cassia finally finds where Ky has been, she learns that he has already moved on and left into the canyons. So, naturally, she goes to follow him. Joining Cassia on her journey is Indie and joining Ky is Eli. Once the four meet up again, they search for the Uprising, which Cassia believes in, but Ky isn't so sure of.
This was definitely more of an adventure. The four of them explore the canyons and a little settlement that they discovered. There, they find books, newspapers, and maps- all of the things that they would never have been able to see in the Society. They go through forests and rivers filled with poison. They definitely went through a lot.
Plot wise, there wasn't a whole lot to it. It was mainly Cassia looking for Ky, then the both of them looking for the Uprising while one of them doesn't want to go look for the Uprising. To me, it felt like there weren't a lot of twists and turns, although there is one MAJOR shocker that I definitely did not see coming, and it involve Xander with his little bits of paper. I kind of wished that a little bit more happened in Crossed.
Condie writes at this slow, but beautiful pace that really adds to the story. It makes Cassia and Ky's romance so much more romantic. She also adds a lot of descriptions that make the images more vivid and real and transports you into Cassia's world.
I really liked Crossed, although I didn't like it as much as Matched (maybe because it was like an introduction to a new world that made it exciting?). Crossed did leave on another big cliffhanger though so I'm definitely excited for the third one to see how things play out since it is the final one.
This is a totally cool cover! I like how the image in the center of the cover sort of symbolizes how Cassia's breaking the rules to try and be with the one she loves (or at least that's how I see it). So far, the covers have also kept with the same layout, too, which is always cool. Also, I heard that the colors of the cover are supposed to be related to the color of the pills, which are green, blue, and red, and you can already kind of see that since Matched was green, Crossed is blue, and the coverholder (if that's the write term) for the third one is red.
*Description and cover from goodreads.com
**Review copy purchased.