- Title: Crossed
- Author: Ally Condie
- Series: Matched #2
- Previous Book: Matched
- Next Book: Reached
- Source: Gift from a friend
Description from Goodreads:
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.
I picked up Crossed after reading Matched. I didn’t love Matched, but it got better toward the end, and it left off on enough of a cliffhanger that I wanted to know what happened next. The beginning immediately drew me in, mostly because it starts off from Ky’s perspective. Matched was entirely in Cassia’s perspective, so it was a nice change of pace.
Crossed is not an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed, thrilling story. Most of the book centers around Ky’s and Cassia’s journey and struggle to find each other. But I still found myself completely sucked in and invested in this story. Even if what they are doing in the actual scene is completely harmless or mundane, the reader is always aware of the danger and the threat of being caught looming over every minor action. Also, there were enough little mysteries throughout the book to keep you wondering.
I really liked the characters in this book. Even Cassia and Ky grew a lot for me, and I found myself more interested in their story and rooting for them. The supporting characters of Indie and Eli were really interesting, too. I think their personalities and slightly mysterious backstories helped to develop Cassia and Ky. I didn’t really like Xander from the first book, so his not being a big part of this book didn’t really bother me.
Crossed ended more abruptly than I expected, but again with enough of a cliffhanger to make me want to keep reading. I have to know what happens with the rest of this story!