Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by the Society to his sure 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 a 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 point 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.

My Thoughts:

This second installment of the Matched series continued to cement my deep attachment to this adventure. I am truly enjoying this YA Dystopic series that Condie has so skillfully crafted. The characters, world building, back story, struggle and intrigue have me HOOKED! 

In Crossed, we see a lot less of Xander as the stage shifts in order to focus on Cassia and Ky’s quest to find each other and eventually determine where their fates will lead them. We gather quite a bit of back-story around The Society and The Rebellion, as well as learn about Xander, Cassia and Ky’s motivation in choosing one side over the other or simply trying to walk away from it all.

With Ky, I was so torn for him because you see the decision he’s forced to grapple with here. There are people that care for him and would like to see him lead The Rising as “The Pilot,” but what sort of choice does he really have when he has one side that labeled him as an aberration and removed his opportunity to be a member of The Society, while the other side stripped him of the people he loved because they fought for The Rebellion? 

Just when I thought I completely knew and understood Cassia and could predict her motivations, she reveals a whole new layer of her character. In Crossed, she discovers some of the history and literature The Society destroyed in order to control its members. She continues to learn about how much they've truly elimated and her passion to gain some of it back. She makes some choices that aren’t in line with Ky’s desires and after spending month’s of trying to find each other, they are faced with the decision if they can stay together.

Xander disappears for the majority of this book, but by no means is he completely out of the picture. I was shocked to learn about some of his decisions through other characters and it only accomplished to intrigue me all the more.

I can’t wait for the final installment to unveil how The Society and The Rebellion clash, as well as the ramifications of Xander, Cassia and Ky's decisions. We’ve seen the lengths these three have gone through to stay together, but how much are they willing to sacrife in this revolution? Loved it!!

5 Snowflakes

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  1. This means I really need to get to reading the first book!!!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

    1. LOL Book Sake. I waited on purpose because I wanted to read them as close to back to back as possible. I can't wait for the last book now! :D

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