Crossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goodreads Says: 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 sure 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 a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point 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 book picks up right where Matched ended. Cassia is disillusioned by the Society that claims to have all of their best interests in the forefront. She realizes that the Society have the opposite in mind and have very specific goals which do not involve the welfare of its citizens. Ky has been sent to a work camp which is really a war zone where he is to pretend he is a farmer and is bombed every night. Cassia in her attempt to find Ky asks her parents to send her to work detail, a punishment for out of control teens, in hopes of running into Ky. Long story short they do find one another and engage on a journey to find The Rising, individuals who are in war with the Society. We do see Zander in this book and new characters are introduced in this book such as Eli the thirteen year old orphan who has been sent to the war zone, Indie a rebel teen, Vick who fell in love with an Aboration, and Hunter a farmer who was part of the Rising but stayed behind to care for his dying daughter.
This book was different in that it was told from both Cassia's and Ky's perspectives. Each chapter alternating between the two. I liked this aspect of the book. The story is still an interesting one but I liked the first book much better than the second. Although there were parts to the book that added to the mystery of the Society and helped develop the story further, they came far and inbetween and overall the book dragged. The majority of the words were repeats from the first book and just didn't add anything more to this book. I did find myself saying "let's get on with it already". Unfortunately, because Cassia and Ky were constantly on the move it was hard for them to really sit down and talk. Cassia felt that Ky was keeping parts of him to himself and in his point of view he admitted to doing so because to give all of himself would be ammunition and even though he trusted Cassia it was hard to get out of that habit. Remember Ky has always been an outsider, not really wanted but tolerated because the Society felt they owed the Markham family a son due to the loss of their only child.
In the end Cassia, Ky, and Indie reach The Rising. Ky doesn't trust The Rising and frankly neither do I. Cassia is a Rising informant who has been placed right back into The Society. Ky and Indie are pilots in training. Cassia and Ky are apart once more.
We will see what happens in the next installment of the series which is meant to be the last. I am curious to see how the author wraps this up and if she will do it as nicely and intriguing as it all began.
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