The sequel to Matched, written from the point of views of both, Cassia and Ky, which I feel was essential because the two characters were in two different places and even when united, conflicted things happened in between and I enjoyed being able to see how they saw each other. And Ally Condie has this simple yet flowy style of writing which I really liked. The premise was slow-paced but the story itself as you go on, has enough to keep you interested and excited to read more.
So the book follows Cassia who sets on a journey to find Ky, who is mostly likely counted as dead. Still unstable about her choice. Cassia yet goes through a lot until she finally found a way to where Ky is, the Outer Province. Things outside the Society are quiet different though. Luckily, Ky found a way to escape his fate and Cassia once shared his fate as well, but followed him with no more than hope. They both meet new people and go to odd places, it wasn't all pleasant though. But where they end up going to is what matters. Ky and Cassia takes us on a gripping yet perilous journey but how are things going to end for both of them? And is it Cassia's destiny is to be with Ky? And what is it that Cassia dearly wants and Ky doesn't approve? And what is the secret of Mr Perfect, Xander?
The romance between Ky and Cassia has developed a little bit now that they are embarking on a new adventure, they don't have a lot of time for kissing and this type of romance, which I didn't mind as it was still really sweet and it seemed realistic as well. I liked their characters more now. Cassia, I feel has grown up and became more mature in this book. And of course, I'm Team Ky all the way! And I love how in the chapters which were written from his POV, we got to see some flashbacks from his past-life, we sort of got to know him better, now that we were seeing the story from his POV :) Xander...... well, I still can't see him with Cassia but now there are some exciting stuff that revolves around him that took me by surprise. And maybe there is going to be a love square, yeah, you saw that right, a love square not triangle which we will get to know more about in the next book but I don't really like it. Looking at it from Cassia's eye, I don't like it. It was wrongly achieved and started, like if there is even one, we better not judge yet.
Overall, Crossed wasn't perfect and the series itself wasn't my favourite Dystopia but still I really did enjoy it. It should have been better since it is the second installment in the series, I needed more stuff to happen. So if you already read the first book, go ahead and read this one, I really do recommend it for those of you who have already started the series. Although, I also felt that it was a bit shorter for some reason. I'm really looking forward to getting the third book soon because I DO need to finish this story.
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched | Crossed | Reached
Published: November 1st 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
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