Crossed by Ally Condie(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: November 1st 2011
Series: Matched #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy! Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain 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 rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game. On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever. Look for the epic series finale, REACHED!
First let me mention the difference between Crossed and its predecessor, Matched. They are like night and day, if you did not know any better you would think two different authors wrote them. It is not a difference that makes you say “What was she thinking,” because both novels are excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them but Crossed made me think of all the other novels I’ve read that have passed my “It was just okay” mark. Crossed is one of those books that you will read again and again because it is truly written so wonderful and so much happens! It automatically raises your expectations for all books because you know expect everything you read to be this good.
If you didn’t think a lot happened in the last book and it was all focused on the romance you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one. All the scheming and secrets and plot twists take your full focus and you’ll love it.
My own little sorting:
I believe your thoughts on this book will match (see what I did there, wink wink) either liking it or disliking it based on the following scenarios.
If you liked Matched only for the romance = Dislike
If you liked Matched but wish it had more action/plot = Like
If you didn’t like Matched because nothing happened = Like
If you didn’t like Matched except for Xander – Dislike