Title: Crossed (Book 2 in Matched Trilogy)
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: November 1, 2011
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.
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.
This second installment of the trilogy was an amazing transition from the first and into the third. The plot was more rebellious, and more uncertain, than the first, where everyone was set in their decisions. Now, however, there are intrigue, lies, and secrets between people, which upsets me when they are inbetween characters that I like. The flashback parts of the novel give a lot more strength to the characters, more of a solid background. Plus, the separation between Ky and Cassia only serve to sweeten their flashback memories. The tone behind the writing gives more depth and emotion to the story and captivated me until the very last word.
The romantic aspect of the novel was slightly disappointing. There was a gap between Ky and Cassia that neither they nor the reader could truly get a grip on, which both angered and upset me (I’m totally Team Ky!). I REALLY hope they work everything out in the last book! Because the way the novel ended, with secrets revealed, mysteries introduced, and vague pronouns indicating him and she and her and him (which were used throughout the novel to enhance the “there’s only one he/she for me” from Ky and Cassia – and I loved it, but at the end, there was no telling, really, who was being talked about). The mystery has me aching for the next book!
The alternating points of view, where the above pronouns are used, were definitely interesting. I enjoyed seeing things from Ky’s perspective, especially memories from the first book. Also, as they got closer to each other, it definitely heightened the excitement, and once they were together again, the tension. The new characters that were introduced, Indie and Vick and Eli, were fun and sad at the same time. I loved them all, and hope to see more of them in the third and last book.
If you have read Matched, then you will love Crossed just as much. The story is strong, and the characters are lovable and just imperfect enough to keep you cheering for them. Can’t wait for the last installment!