Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2)

Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2)

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by Ally Condie
     
 

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The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

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

Overview

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

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.

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."

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.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Crossed:

“Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy… Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie’s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars… Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book.” - Kirkus, starred review

“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.” - School Library Journal

“This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy… 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 fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one.” - VOYA

“…vivid, poetic writing… Condie immerses readers in her characters’ yearnings and hopes.” - Publishers Weekly

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142421710
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Series:
Matched Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
34,324
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Crossed:

“Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy… Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie’s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars… Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book.” - Kirkus, starred review

“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.” - School Library Journal

“This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy… 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 fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one.” - VOYA

“…vivid, poetic writing… Condie immerses readers in her characters’ yearnings and hopes.” - Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

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

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Crossed (Matched Trilogy Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 1459 reviews.
B-Sandra More than 1 year ago
When I read Matched it kind of reminded me of a mix between The Giver and the Hunger Games but it still had its own identity. Can't wait for this book!!!
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the characters, the plot. it was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matched was very epic. It reminded me of Lois Lowry's The Giver, they both had a dictatorship like "Society". When I finished Matched , I was heartbroken and then started searching for a sequel. Now that there is for sure going to be one, I am soooo happy. CANT WAIT FOR IT!!!!
Megoo More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how good Matched was, its not like the Hunger Games (many books involve a dictator like society and love triangle). Its one of those books that don't have you on the edge of your seat throughout the book but once your done its like WHOA! THAT WAS AWESOME! So I do highly recommend the book, i personally am dying for Crossed to become available!
SilverPL More than 1 year ago
I read the first book Matched and it was like love at first read! i LOVED it! It was a breath of relief although it resembled the hunger games a bit too much still I have very high standards for a good book and well let's see if it meets it! I would definitely recommend it!
William Powley More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved matched!! I have been so anxious for the next book to come out!! I really want to know who she will end up with....i still have hopes for Xander..:)
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
I love the matched trilogy series. I have read all books, loved them and can't wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crossed is the second in the Matched series by Ally Condie. In Crossed, Cassia has been taken to a camp, where she labors each day for the Society and secretly plots a way to find Ky. She’s no longer the girl excited for her Matched Ceremony, just another sheep in the herd; she’s determined to find him, at almost any cost. I really liked Matched a lot, even though it has less action than most other books in the dystopian genre. There is a particular sinister undercurrent to the Society that I enjoyed immensely. Crossed didn’t have as much of that, because hey, you already know they’re sinister so the cat’s out of the bag, right? Crossed becomes about Cassia trying to reach Ky, wherever he is, and also trying to leave the Society. There is no Pleasantville-esque landscape; the world around her is rough and tumble, barren and dry. But what I found really scary is not only what the Society controlled within their walls, but what they controlled outside as well. Just how far are they willing to go to control their people? You’ll have to read to find out, but it’s kind of crazy. Cassia and Ky have been sent to camps where bombs are dropped by the “Enemy” nightly and they have to act like decoy villagers. I have a feeling there is no Enemy; these are all anomalies and abberations, the Society doesn’t care about them! Ally Condie builds on her characters throughout Crossed. Cassia is much stronger than she was in Matched, but she also doesn’t feel so front and center either. A lot of that has to do with the dual-perspective, because Crossed is written in first-person, from both Cassia AND Ky’s point of view. I’ve never been a fan of that, although it was done pretty elegantly in Crossed. I still had a hard time figuring out whose chapter it was though, because I would miss their name at the beginning of it and have to flip back. But I digress. As I was saying, before I so rudely interrupted myself with my own tangent, Cassia grows as a character throughout Crossed and I enjoyed that. Gone is the little sheep who believes whatever anyone tells her and in place of that is a strong woman, willing to fight for what she believes in. We really get to know Ky in Crossed in a way we never did in Matched. He is such a deep character, much deeper than originally portrayed and he has been faced with such tragedy…we finally get to know his story. I really like him. Xander is SUCH a surprise. I really love Xander. For the second time ever, I have no idea who I want a character to end up with in a love triangle – Ky or Xander? Who do you think it should be? Condie gives us other characters that are also very fascinating: Vick and Indie were my two favorites. Vick was a hard character to “read” but in the end, I understood him very well. Indie was also very hard to “read” and seemed as though she had her own agenda. I had a hard time figuring out if she had ulterior motives or if she was genuine. I went back and forth on her very often. Condie details them both richly. So yes, while Crossed wasn’t as good as Matched, it is still quite entertaining. I’m really hoping for a lot of action in the last book, especially considering where Crossed takes us. I had a hard time putting it down and I definitely recommend it to any fan of Matched or the dystopian genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying the Matched Series by Ally Condie. The second book has not disappointed on the continuation of Cassia's journey to find her true match.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matched was decent, at the very least. I even recomended it to a couple of friends. However, Crossed fell flat on its face. What ever happened to the seemingly "perfect" Ky? He was replaced with a carbon copy of Edward Cullen. :( Crossed was rather dry in plot, with little action. Not imppressed, Ally Condie. Oh well, I guess I am too used to my Divergent, Gone, and Maze Runner. Recommened for - 12 and up, people who are not action fans but want a dystopian book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got it and cant stop reading it very good dont hesate read it but read matcged first or you would not get it .....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so disapointed there was so much potential and not any climax its like i kept waiting for the ball to get rolling but there was infact no ball i barely got through it.
Leeloo6 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!!! Honestly, in my opinion, i really enjoyed this book more than the first one. I really enjoyed how you could read Ky's thoughts and Cassia's in different chapters. It really showed the strong and passionate connection they have with each other. Also, I love how the suspense grew when Cassia was getting closer and closer to Ky and it drove me CRAZY in a good way! Read.The.Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Matched extremely good book. but then again im sorta into the whole forbidden love thing. but even if u rnt then give it a try its worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was rlly good!!!!!! Every series has tht one book u have a hard time getting through this was tht book. But it was amazing!!! I enjoyed and looked forward ti every single chapter. Now im on the last book in the series and im already hooked on it!!!!! Please read this book!!!! (-:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The First Book was a winner! This one not so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matched was creaive and awesome. Crossed is istill a decent tale but takes a sharp turn into the melodramatic obsession-romance category of edward and bella. Please, go back to your own unique voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was my least favorite in the series. I almost did not read the 3rd book because of this one. But i am glad i did. 1st and 3rd books definitely make the more boring parts of this one worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt like it as much as i thought i would. I was expecting more excitment, like the first book. I felt as though the middle part of this book was unneeded and it was just put there as a filler. But thats just my oppinon :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. Apparently, if you like this book then you need to read divergent. When i saw Divergent i freaked out because my best friend read it and i thought it sounded stupid. But now that i know that it is awesome and a lot of people like it, i might as well beg my dad to get it for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and the first book in the series Matched
sAmmiedj814 More than 1 year ago
I am seriously going to start counting down the days until this book comes out. i loved the first book and the emotion really stuck with me. The romance and suspense always kept me reading and i couldnt put it down. Ally Condie.. I love you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOPE! Only finishing the book because I paid for it and want to get my money's worth. The writing is still so monotone!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Condie is an excellent writer but this sequel was no where near where my expectations had it at. There was no plot twist or answers to any questions. There reunion was dull and unrealistic. Their love for each other just comes out as an awkward tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disliked it very much partially because i had high expectations. My friends told me i would love it, and it had good reviews. I really disliked the first one, not because Cassia i selfish, but because she knows to much about her feelings.a major part of deining a character when writting is that they are unsure about what they are feeling, exspecially in a love triangle. When the maine charcter knows who they love its like a mystery being solved, and the rest of the book is boring if the mystery is lved fast. The distopian society was boring , because it was runed almost exactly like that of 'The Giver'. I really enjoyed 'The Giver' and suggest you buy that instead of any of these books. They leave you on cliff hangers, and even if you hate the book you will end up wasting more money on the sequels. Now you will buy the book even though i suggested 'The Giver' you are going to be very dissapionted and your going to ask 'why didnt i listen to that reviewer'. Well good luck with that then. You probably wont enjoy this book. But then again it may be a matter of opinion. Or it might not.