Summary from Goodreads: "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."
I loved Matched--the forbidden romance, the dystopic Society, the suspense. Crossed has less of each of these elements, and it got bogged down in the middle. Ky and Cassia are separated for a good part of the narrative (which switches back and forth from their perspectives) as they traverse the interesting landscape of The Carving--an canyon area that sounds a lot like Bryce National Park. Since they're on the run from the Society, there's not a lot of new material about the Society, which was somewhat disappointing. Also, there's some information that casts doubt on Rising--the rebel group to which Cassia wants to escape. Xander's role was small in this novel, and Ky was still keeping secrets, even at the end. Overall, an OK read, but seems to be setting up for a better final installment. Fine for ages 13 & up.
I read a lot, especially kid and young adult lit. This blog will review what I've been reading. I get most of my reading material from the library, plus I buy books at school book fairs and the usual stores. I look for freebies on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm happy to review any ARCs or e-galleys I can get my hands on.