Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2)

Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2)

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by Ally Condie
     
 

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The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy!

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky—taken by 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

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The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy!

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky—taken by 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.  On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever.

Look for the epic series finale, REACHED!

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“Superb.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Intriguing.”
MTV.com
“Perfect escape.”
Deseret News
“Adventuresome.”
Shelf Awareness
"[A]n action-driven sequel, steered by characters who break the rules, form new alliances and commit to surprising paths."
-Wall Street Journal
“Superb.”
-Entertainment Weekly
“Intriguing.”
-MTV.com
“Perfect escape.”
-Deseret News
“Adventuresome.”
-Shelf Awareness
"[A]n action-driven sequel, steered by characters who break the rules, form new alliances and commit to surprising paths."

From the Publisher
A New York Times bestseller

“Superb.”

Wall Street Journal

“Intriguing.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Perfect escape.”

MTV.com

“Adventuresome.”

Deseret News

* “[R]ich…this will leave fans hungry for the third book” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Enthralling.”

— Publishers Weekly

"[A]n action-driven sequel, steered by characters who break the rules, form new alliances and commit to surprising paths."

Shelf Awareness

Publishers Weekly
Separated by the dictatorial Society that rules them, Cassia has been searching for Ky while suffering the harsh conditions of labor camps far from home. About to be sent to the Society’s biggest city for her permanent work assignment, Cassia instead grabs an opportunity to reach the war-torn Outer Provinces, where she finally gets a lead in tracking Ky. Ky has survived being used as a pawn in the Society’s war against a nameless and faceless enemy; he and two companions have escaped into a no man’s land, and Cassia follows. As Cassia and Ky hike through dangerous territory in search of a rumored rebellion and the freedom to be together, the specter of Cassia’s betrothed, Xander, hangs over them. Narrated from Cassia and Ky’s viewpoints, Condie’s sequel to her acclaimed Matched is very much a middle book, centering on a transformative journey and setting up the finale to come. Newcomers will need to read the first book for background, but vivid, poetic writing will pull fans through as Condie immerses readers in her characters’ yearnings and hopes. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)
VOYA - Deborah Wenk
Cassia, Ky, and Xander's story continues in this second book of the Matched trilogy. This one tells of Cassia and Ky's struggles to find each other in a frontier outside of the Society. Both of them are joined by other young people eager to escape their otherwise dismal fate. Once the two groups come together, it is a sweet reunion for Cassia and Ky, but the teens discover they have different goals. Cassia and Indie (Cassia's new friend) are eager to search for and join the Rebellion. Ky, however, distrusts the Rebellion almost as much as the Society because of his past. Told in the alternating voices of Cassia and Ky, the story reveals more of Ky's life and the reader comes to know him. Although Xander is not physically present except for a brief appearance early in the book, he is still very much a part of the story. Hints are dropped and a secret finally revealed about him that will surely whet readers' appetites for the concluding story of this trilogy. This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy. The use of alternating voices offers some redundancy but is very effective overall. The pacing is good and improves once Cassia and Ky reunite. Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia's story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched (Dutton, 2010/VOYA December 2010) fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one. Reviewer: Deborah Wenk
VOYA - Maddie Miles
A sequel to Matched, Crossed has everything a good book needs. One thing this reviewer really likes about it is that Condie changed her way of writing for Crossed by going back and forth between Ky and Cassia. It allows the reader insight as to how they actually both feel through the entire book. The ending is somewhat disappointing, except for the fact that it means there is another book coming. Everyone who loved Matched should read Crossed. 4Q, 4P. Reviewer: Maddie Miles, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Survival and love motivate Cassia Reyes who risks reuniting with Ky Markham in the Carving beyond the Outer Provinces in this second "Matched Trilogy" novel. Chapters shift between first-person accounts by Cassia and Ky, alerting readers to information characters conceal from each other, such as Ky not telling Cassia everything about his parents' deaths. Intrigue and crises intensify due to new alliances the pair form with Indie, who helped Cassia hide contraband from the Society, and Eli, who fled enemy firing raids with Ky. Enduring vicious human and natural obstacles, characters gradually learn some of their companions' secrets, with revelations causing them to realize truths about themselves and wonder if the others are trustworthy or possibly spies for the Society. They find caves filled with books and maps, acquiring information describing rebellious activities. Cassie and Ky realize Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar" conveys resistance messages and speculate who has served as the Pilot in the past and if the current leader could be among their group. Ky frustrates Cassia when he disagrees with her about joining the Rising. Vivid imagery depicts the Carving's wild landscape as a non-human character, filled with canyons, steep bluffs, and poisoned rivers, contrasting with the clean, regimented Society and effectively symbolizing desolation and chaos. Characters remain aware of the Society's omnipresent interference even in the wilderness due to tracking devices sewn into their coats and alarms protecting biological specimens. Steady plot development sweeps readers along in this satisfying adventure which convincingly establishes conflicts for the trilogy's final volume. Similar settings and themes are explored in Pete Hautman's Hole in the Sky (2001) and Gloria Skurzynski's Trapped in the Slickrock Canyon (1984). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Cassia, Ky, and Xander are back in this eagerly awaited sequel to Matched (Dutton, 2010), joined by new friends and facing new obstacles. Ky has been banished to the outer provinces along with many other young Aberrations to serve as cannon fodder for the unseen enemy of the Society. It is a brutish-and certain to be very short-life. But Ky and his friends Vick and Eli escape into The Carving, a vast system of canyons seemingly beyond the reach of the Society. Meanwhile, Cassia escapes a Society work camp and flees into the canyons, risking everything to find Ky and a rumored rebellion called the Rising, once again leaving behind Xander. Ky reluctantly shares bits of his past with her, only hinting at his aversion to the Rising. Xander, though not physically present in the canyons, intrudes on their relationship again and again and is withholding important information. Caught between the Society and the Rising, and wanting only to be together, Ky and Cassia must choose a side if they are to survive. Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic. But this volume resolves little, leaving readers hungry for the final book in the trilogy.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy. Far away from both each other and the neatly manicured and repressive Society suburbs, Ky and Cassia are both on the run. Cassia slyly gets herself moved from a work camp to the Outer Provinces, where kids are shipped to die as "decoys"--defenseless shooting fodder for the Enemy. She's not positive that Ky's there, but readers are: The two alternate narrating in first-person present. Ky's voice is dry and harsh, Cassia's lusher, befitting their life histories. They're desperate to find each other. She's exhilarated at whispers of an anti-Society rebellion called the Rising; Ky hates the Rising but holds his reasons close, parceling out his story slowly. When Cassia and Ky find each other, deception looms large, as does Cassia's official Match, Xander, geographically distant but sharply relevant. Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie's is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars. While more loosely woven than Matched (2010), this volume has its own boons, including non-linear travel through a rough canyon and critical interpretations of Tennyson's symbolism, which could change their world. Questions--about Cassia's vulnerability to the Society's pills, about the Enemy's identity and the Rising's true nature--hover for next time. Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book. (Science fiction/romance. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142421710
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Series:
Matched Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
61
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and family outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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