Author: Ally Condie
Release: November 1st, 2011
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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.
An Extraordinary Sequel!
This sequel really satisfied my expectations! In terms of characters, I was really glad to see how Cassia has been fighting to get to Ky. Although this is not an essay quest, Cassia doesn't give up but she is still realistic towards this task. In fact, Xander visits her and in one of their conversations we realize how down to earth Cassia really is. She is looking for Ky but there is a limit of what her actions can risk. And though Cassia and Ky's lover is one of a kind, Cassia knows that if things don't go well, there will be a moment she will have to stop this quest. I loved Cassia's perspective of the current situation she lives in. Thinking in such a realistic way makes her a very real character. I loved that Condie made her this way because is much more credible and I can empathize with Cassia better than I thought.
In Crossed, the narration switches from Cassia's point of view to Ky's. For me, this made the story very solid. We see the hard life and reality through Ky's eyes and we get to understand him so much better by seeing the world from his perspective. I think if there wouldn't have been any Ky chapter, it would have been very difficult to understand Ky's opinion toward the society and the rising. We also get to know other characters that I get to love and cry for. There was a reason for all of the characters to be there and I am glad how well everyone had a important supportive role.
There were two possible path in Crossed that brought discord between our characters. Two path that I completely longed for. Having Cassia and Ky's point of view really made me understand their needs and longings and I found myself in the middle of this and struggling to see what was the right path to follow. Cassia and Ky are faced toward such complex situations that they will found themselves psychologically and emotionally affected not only as individuals, but also as a couple.
Crossed took me far away from my room and really transported me to the outer provinces and beyond. I saw the world Cassia and Ky live in with glassy eyes, and I couldn't help but being glad that I wasn't really there. Detailed description of surroundings and emotions enriched my reading experience. However, what happened at the end was too fast for me. I would have love to see, in details, what was going on. I would have love to meet new people and see how things worked at that place. I am being really vague because I hate giving spoilers! But my point is that I would have love to have more pages of what happened at the end. Yet, the very last page of the book really hooked me and left me hanging from cliff! I need the third book right now in my hands! I am dying!
I love Crossed and I think it is a must read for all the fans of Matched and, certainly, for Dystopian's as well. Danger, new characters, romance and a heartbreaking reality that will transport readers from the Society to the Borders and from the dangers of The Carving to the Outer Provinces. Crossed by Ally Condie is a overwhelming experience that will left readers craving for the third book! And seriously, to wait one more year for the next book is a terrible torture!
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