Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

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.
Cassia is finally going to find Ky.  After moving from work camp to work camp for months she is Society is moving her and a group of girls out to the Outer Provinces where Ky is…somewhere.  Ky has been in the Out Provinces for months watching young men, if you can call them that, die daily at the hand of the enemy or maybe it’s really at the hand of Society.  The Society is sticking noncitizens in the Outer Provinces to distract the enemy and keep them at bay.  But they’re running out of noncitizens and have resulted to shipping out boys as young as thirteen and now girls.  Which is how Cassia is moved to the Outer Provinces, but it’s too late, Ky has already left the camp.  She has two options, to stay and be killed by the rebels or to risk being caught and killed by society? Crossed is the sequel to the dystopian novel Matched, that will leave you dying for more.

I rate this book a

Something that I really liked about Crossed was that you get to see from Ky’s point of view as well as Cassia’s.  There’s also a slight game changer in the plot at the end of the book that really throws you for a loop and leaves you dying to know what will happen in the third/ final installment of the Matched series.  I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as the first one.  The plot didn’t quite hold my attention as much as the first book because it didn’t twist and change throughout the entire book.

Ally Condie received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.   Learn more at

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