Crossed by Ally Condie
Published by Dutton Juvinale
Release date- Nov. 11 2011
Second book in the Matched series
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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
I quite liked match when I read it last year, despite the amount of dystopian overload that had been pushed my way at the time, I found that matched was creative, and although it was a familiar story, there was enough unique content to keep me wondering how events were going to fall out. The setting was interesting enough, and it reminded me a lot of The Giver. Matched was actually better then i thought it would be, the characters were independent and although they were at times needy, their intentions were usually good, and for the most part they were the ones who controlled the story. I finnished matched satisfied, and although there was no dying urge to immediatly read crossed, i kept my eye out for it.
Crossed was entirly diffrent. Its from both Cassia and Ky's povs and although all of matched was sort of setting up for crossed, the deliverince of the book was horrid. The begining was slow moving, and even after Cassia and Ky meet up, verry little happened after. I feel as if the novel is a place holder between Matched and the last one.
Of course some things happen, Three new characters are introduced, Vicks, Eli, And Indie. Vicks who has lasted as long in the work camps as Ky, and just wants to fish and return to the girl who he used to love, Eli is young and although there is really no reason to have him around other then the fact that Ky feels sorry for Eli, and takes him under his wing mainly because he looks like Cassia's brother, and Ky misses Cassia. Finally Indie, who covers for cassia and tries to help her find Ky, and wants more then anything to find and join the rebellion.
and although i liked all three and Ky certainly came out much stronger of a character in Crossed then Matched (where as Cassia turned into a vapid, ky crazed girl. or... was she always like that? ) Crossed lacked plot, and the end sort of depressed me.
although crossed just wasn't for me, ill still probably read the third book in the series... :]