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.
This is the second book in the Matched series. Read by review of Matched here.
After I reviewed Matched last month, a couple of you told me you had read Matched and Crossed and didn’t like Crossed as much.
When I opened up the book, I thought I’d be disappointed. Condie had done something that is huge pet peeve of mine with series books: she added another narrator. I don’t mind when there’s multiple narrators in a novel or series. I do mind when it’s not consistent from book to book. I remembered being so excited to read Breaking Dawn and being super super annoyed that Jacob was now a narrator.
I thought I’d be disappointed. I wasn’t. I understand why Ky was now a narrator; he had to be. So I forgave her this infraction.
What I didn’t like was that Ky sounded so similar to Cassia. I’d sometimes forget which narrator I was reading and have to flip back and look. That kind of took me out of the story a little bit. He didn’t sound like a boy. I know he’s supposed to be different and everything, but he’s too much like Cassia.
I think Crossed is a different sort of book than Matched. Since it takes place out in the wild, it had a wholly different feel to it. It becomes more a traditional survival story. Though I guessed Matched is a survival story too, in a different way.
As before, Condie has a beautiful story-telling voice and a gorgeous writing style. I’m excited to move on to Reached now!