Crossed by Ally Condie

Well guys, I promised this review some time ago... better late than never right?

In my review of the first book of this series, Matched, I swooned over the characters and the world that Ally Condie created. The same holds true for Crossed. Characters continue to grow and the world of the Society shifts.

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.

Ally Condie ended Matched with the promise of a new future. Things shifted rapidly in the ending of Matched for Cassia, Ky, and Xander. They must forge a new path for themselves. Crossed primarily follows Ky and Cassia... Xander takes a backseat for this part of the trilogy. He appears intermittently throughout Crossed and we see bits and pieces of him that we had yet to recognize. Xander may not be a major player, but he is not forgotten. Condie also changed the format- the chapters are now written from specific perspectives, switching between Ky and Cassia. New characters are also introduced in Crossed. Eli, Indie, and Vick all come into play in this novel. They are developed and are key players in the story. Each new character brings out another dimension in Cassia and Ky. As they struggle to find one another, uncover the truth, and break away from the Society, the reality of the Rising begins to unfold. 
The ending to Crossed is a major cliff-hanger. I'm talking "oh my god where is my copy of Reached?!" status. There is no closure to this one. Crossed sets serious anticipation for Reached. Thankfully for me, I had my copy of Reached in the mail when I finally closed Crossed. I was practically salivating when it showed up (late!) in my mailbox.

Up next: Reached - the conclusion to the Matched Trilogy.

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