by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #2
Published: November 1, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: ARC (400 pages)
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.
This review is spoiler free, even if you haven’t read Matched. I got this Advanced Reading Copy from a giveaway from poetrytoprose.com.
Crossed is like 1984 meets My Side of the Mountain. I took my time reading this book and when I sat back and thought about it, I realized that it was because the writing was just so beautiful. It felt like I was reading poetry. Ally was so good at unfolding the story. Every time I learned something new about the characters or the world, I just ended up with more questions. The biggest question was: “Is everything really what it seems? What’s REALLY going on?” One of my favorite things was how much the title had to do with the story. The word “crossed” weaved itself beautifully in and out of every aspect of the book and I found myself analyzing it and thinking about it a lot. It was so much more deep and thought provoking than I thought it would be. The story leaves you hanging and eager to read the next one, but not in a huge cliff-hanger way. The love triangle was one of the best and truly honest ones that I’ve read. Personally, I think that Matched and Crossed are better than the Hunger Games.
Content Rating: Mild, for some violence.