Thursday, February 16, 2012


Crossed by Ally Condie (NY: Dutton, 2011).

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.

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