Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review: Crossed

By: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Series: Matched

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.

We are back thrust into the dystopian society where Ky and Cassia are trying to be together against all odds.  Last time we left off in the first book of this trilogy - Matched - Ky was taken away into the outer provinces, Cassia tried to get reclassified so that she could find Ky and they could finally be together.  But she also wants to join the Rising, which she realizes is grows much stronger the closer she gets. 

There are new characters introduced in this book.  There's Eli who reminds Ky of Bram (Cassia's younger brother), Vick who is a survivor and a good person to have on your side.  Indie who is also a survivor I think that if Vick and Indie ever met they would have gotten along quite well.  Another character that was introduced into this book was Hunter, a young man who just lost his daughter and is part of the Farmers inside the Carving.  The Carving is a group of Canyons where the farmers live and everyone is searching for the Rising in there. 

Cassia and Indie manage to escape their camp and Ky and the other two escape theirs as well.  Through a number of hardships both very differently that they both must face (all characters really) both groups, the boys and the girls, do meet up with one another.  But this is not without any loss or trouble.  Xander does make a quick appearance in Cassia's life but he is thought about through the whole book, I believe the truth will be revealed to her about his secret in the beginning of the next book.

Overall this was a good book - a bridge between the path that is taken from the beginning to the end.  I just hope that the ending is what everyone hopes for, success in many areas.  Because to me so far the Rising just seems like another form of the Society that never looks to be on the winning side.  We shall see - until next time.

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