Note: This book contains spoilers for book one, Matched, but there are no spoilers for this book, the sequel to Matched.
Crossed is part two of the dystopian trilogy by Condie that begins with Matched, which takes place in a new society in which relationship matches are made for boys and girls when they reach age seventeen. And in fact all other decisions are made by as well by “The Society” for its citizens, including where you will live, what work you will do, what you can learn, and even what you will eat. Although this background eventually is provided in Crossed, I do not recommend reading it without having read Matched first. (See my review of Matched, here.)
In book one, Cassia finds out that her match will be her lifelong friend Xander, but somehow there is a mistake, and the name and picture of Ky, another friend, are also shown to her. Cassia becomes curious about Ky, and eventually she and Ky fall in love. When they become separated, Cassia vows to find Ky again.
The second book is split into two points of views, given in alternating chapters, so that we not only hear from Cassia but from Ky as well. For most of the book, they are struggling to find one another after Ky has been sent away, and they both endure great hardships in order to do so. What keeps them going are the memories they each have of the other and the intensity of their newfound love.
But after going through hell and high water (almost literally), there is a new plot development that keeps them from being together. I have to say, however, I felt the only way to justify this turn of events was the necessity for another volume.
Discussion: Cassia is a little too judgmental about Ky for my tastes, and a little too uncompromising. But for some reason many of these female dystopian teenage heroines are like this.
Evaluation: I like the series and I like the second installation of it. I wasn’t thrilled with developments at the end of the second, because they seemed to go against what the characters professed to want. (But what do I know? Perhaps what they really want, deep down inside, is to be featured in a trilogy, and maybe even have a movie made out of it!)
Published by Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2011