Crossed (Matched #2)
by Ally Condie
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 was really looking forward to reading this book because I fell in love with Matched and I was so excited to see what was going to happen next. This book really let me down, it was just average. There wasn't anything exciting happening or anything that made it stand out.
I still really like Cassia's character though. Even though she was naive and slightly annoying in this book, I still like reading about her. She's independent, determined and stubborn, and they're the qualities I love about her because they make her the person that she is. The kind of person who would do anything to save someone they loved.
Ky was kind of a mystery in this book. He was closed off and reserved and I knew that he was keeping a lot of secrets. He was a different person in this book than he was in Matched, and I didn't like the Ky in this book. He wasn't the character I fell in love with in Matched.
Unfortunately, Xander was hardly in this book. Which was a shame because I really like Xander, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to see a lot of him. But it sounds like he's going to be a major part of the 3rd book so that kind of makes up for it. We also found out that Xander has a secret that he's been hiding from everyone - and Ky is the only person who knows. I never guessed what his secret was, but it wasn't much of a shock when it was revealed.
We also met a couple of new characters: Indi, Vic, Eli and Hunter.
Indi and Vic were my favourite new characters. Indi was cunning and stubborn and just such an amazing character. Although, there were moments when I had my doubts about her - just like Cassia - and I wasn't sure if I could trust her. But most of the time, I really liked her. Vic was a fantastic character as well. He was one of those characters that just had a certain power about him and I really liked his character.
I don't really have much to say about Eli and Hunter. Although these characters were important to the story, there wasn't much development so I didn't form an attachment to them.
The story line in this book was average. The characters were wandering about in The Carving for most of the story and I started to get really bored. Nothing major or exciting happened. There were a couple of parts that I didn't see coming, but they weren't anything special. To be honest, I actually just really wanted to get this book finished so that I could pick up something better.
So because I thought the story was pretty average, I gave this book:
I'll probably still read Reached since it's the last book in the series and I'm curious to find out what's going to happen in The Society.