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== About the book ==
Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. It was published by Puffin on 24th November and the book is 384 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.
== Plot ==
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.
== What I thought ==
My copy of Crossed took a while to turn up, mainly because I think it got lost in the post, and while I was sat waiting for it, many others had already read and reviewed this book. In the time I had been waiting, I realised that Crossed was not getting many positive reviews at all and it began to worry me. People who I share a very close taste in books with were saying it wasn't very good and they didn't enjoy it at all. I don't read reviews of books I haven't read yet so because I didn't know why they didn't like it, it read it anyway, hoping for the best.
Crossed is told from the point of views of both Cassia and Ky this time around, instead of being all about Cassia and it starts off from where Matched left us; with Ky not being around and Cassia planning on going to find him. As both characters start out in completely different places, I thought the dual narrative was a great idea. This way, we are able to see what is going on around each of them, learn more about what they have been through and at the same time, realise just how much they mean to each other. The contrast in what they are both going through really dragged me in to the story and made me remember what they had both been through in the previous book.
As Cassia and Ky's stories begin to blend together, I began to feel a better sense of the whole world Ally Condie has created. In Crossed, we get to learn a hell of a lot more about the Society, Aberrations (which is what Ky is), the Rising and a little bit more about Anomalies. I loved learning about the different sections of this world and how they all fitted together. It isn't only about how everything fits together in the hear and now though. Crossed manages to go back into the history of the world, with barely using flashbacks, and lets the reader know why things are the way they are now. As the pieces of the puzzle began to fit together, I could really see how things had gotten to be this way and why people either agreed or disagreed.
For me, Crossed was really one big adventure with Cassia trying to find Ky to Ky trying to do the best for everyone around him but also stay true to himself at the same time. The book takes place over a few different setting because of the characters being separated and trying to find each other. The main setting though really is in the caves and here is where things begin to be revealed. I loved this setting though as not only were we given a lot of information, the setting itself was pretty dangerous. The land isn't flat and safe but instead, gave a sense of danger and intensity that I haven't felt from this series before. I felt as though anything could have happened in this cave and I don't think I was really prepared for what did happen.
As well as obviously spending a lot of time with Cassia and Ky in this book, there are also some fantastic new characters. Again, this comes down to the fact that Cassia and Ky are separated and so they make new friends and acquaintances along the way. Out of new characters Indie, Eli and Vick, I think I would have a hard time picking an absolute favourite. I really liked all of them for very different reasons and I think they made a great addition to this book. Each of them brought something new, different and exciting and because they were completely new, I didn't know what to expect from them. Speaking of characters though, one who I missed a lot in Crossed was Xander. Although he is in the book, is isn't for very long and I did want a lot more from him. I think he will make a great comeback though in the third and final book.
Now after reading other reviews, it seems that people didn't think anything happened in Crossed but I couldn't disagree more. So much happened in this book, setting it up perfectly for some exciting and shocking things to happen in the last book in the trilogy. I loved Crossed and can't wait for the next book to come out now!