Crossed by Ally Condie
Rating: 3 out of 5
Summary (From back cover)
The Society Chooses Everything.
The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.
Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.
And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.
But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...
A rebellion is rising.
And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.
After everything that's happened there's no way Cassia is just going to let Ky go, and with the help of Xander she doesn't have too. Told from both Ky and Cassia's point of view this instalment of the Matched trilogy follows Ky on his quest from answers and Cassia in her hunt for Ky.
After being taken from his home in Matched Ky finds himself on the edge of The Outer Provinces, segregated from The Society, fighting an enemy that might not even be there. Knowing that he can't go back to his previous life Ky finds a way to leave and heads into The Carving's hoping to find some form of freedom.
Cassia meanwhile has been taking assignments that will get her closer to The Outer Provinces, closer to Ky. Finally making it, she finds she's always one step behind him. She's got nothing left, just her determination to find the truth, to find the boy she thinks she loves and a stash a the blue pills.
In the first book, Matched, we were told about the three pills all members of The Society are forced to carry at all times. The Green Pill will instantly calm you, The Blue pill is said to have enough nutritional value to keep you alive for several days and then there's The Red pill. The Red pill is only ever allowed to be taken when the officials tell you to do so, no one knows what it does. That is, not until now. At the end of Matched everyone was forced to take the red pill but Cassia didn't, and she finds out that this pill clears your memories. No one remembers what happened with Ky, no one remembers taken the pills but Cassia does. However, it would seem that there may have been more than one lie told about the pills The Society makes them carry, and Cassia is about to find out the hard way.
Cassia's chosen her side, she's chosen Ky, but will she be able to survive the harsh world that lies within The Carving's? Will she be able to stay strong long enough to find the person she loves? Or has she chosen the wrong boy entirely?
Personally I'm team Ky, and that's not because I think he's the better choice. In fact if I had to choose I would choose Xander every time. But I hate stories of unrequited love, it's over used and clique, which makes me want Cassia and Ky to find each other and have that happy ending. That way Xander can go off and meet someone who actually likes him. But even if Cassia id find Ky, according to The Society Xander is her Match so I'm wandering what Condie will do in book three. I'm imagining the whole of The Society crumbling down at the hands of a teenager. That's how these books usually go. As I've said before I enjoy reading these books but they all have every similar base-lines.
Overall it's a good sequel. I'm always a little worried about the first sequel in a series because it can fall flat in comparison to the first book. However, this continues on from the first book nicely answering some of our unanswered questions from book one and giving us a handful of new ones for the third instalment. Although, I will admit at times I found it a little frustrating how the two main character's continues to narrowly miss each other. After a while the whole you just want to skip ahead until they find each other. But in general I think if you enjoyed Matched you will be happy enough with Crossed.
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