- Publisher: Puffin Books
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 27mm | 405g
- Publication date: 24 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141333065
- ISBN 13: 9780141333069
- Sales rank: 25,155
Rules are different outside the Society. Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the 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 once again. Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's points of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever...This title is the incredible sequel to acclamied international bestseller, "Matched".
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Ally Condie used to teach high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. Currently, she is employed by her three little boys, who keep her busy playing trucks and building blocks. The bestselling first book in this series, Matched, was her first novel.
By Hannah 12 Aug 2012
Welcome to a world where the Society chooses everything for you. From your future job to who you are going to marry. This is the world that Cassia, our main character lives in, and a world in which she is trying to figure out.
What I'm trying to figure out is the book. And I read it at the end of November.
Crossed basically picks up where Matched finished, with Cassia heading to the Outer Provinces to try and find Ky. The novel itself, for most of the time, plays out like some version of Cat and Mouse, with Cassia determined to find Ky and finding Rebellion/Uprising, and Ky determined not get killed and find Cassia, and the Society trying to make sure that neither of them succeed.
For me personally, Crossed was a disappointing read. Where Matched outlined and showed us a world that was thought perfect but in fact was utterly flawed, Crossed seems like writing that was, if I can put it, half-heartedly done. Most of the time, the novel was spent either in the Outer Provinces or in the Carving, where there was little else to do but run, walk and discuss poetry and paintings. The jumping of point of views between Cassia and Ky became muddled into one, meaning you spent most of the time going, "Hold on, whose head are we in now?" While Condie definitely has a way with words, and in using symbolism and ideal such as the 100 Paintings or Poems to convey messages across (for example the use of the Dylan Thomas poem), the novel definitely lacked something - substance. All the characters felt weak and almost uncared for, and as for their own personal development, nothing really happened for Cassia and Ky. The book finished very abruptly, like if you had just run into a wall. The most intriguing part of the book was a plot twist involving one member of the love triangle.
In saying all this, the reason I gave the book three stars on Goodreads is because one thing I will give to Condie is how simplistic Cassia and Ky's love for each other is. Especially when you are reading it. While most YA novels go for the full out shivers and chill running down your spine during a romantic scene, Condie keeps it...well, simple. It's very much like Regency England times - it's all in the touch, the look. Which I think is an amazing - and unique - way of portraying the love these two characters share for each other.
Overall, Crossed seemed like a read that could have been way much better than it was. I'm still looking forward to seeing what this series brings, but it better bring it good.
Unmissable Marie Claire (on Matched) Poetic, page-turning prose Telegraph Beautifully written, touching and intelligent Daily Mirror This smart and imaginative story is utterly thrilling Closer