Book Review: Ally Condie’s “Crossed” (2nd in the Matched trilogy)

This is the second book in the Matched trilogy. The Matched trilogy is about a Society that chooses your mate, your work, and your time of death. It centers primarily around Cassia and Ky and their experiences in this society. These are YA (young adult) novels set in a dystopian world.
Below is a brief synopsis of Crossed from the series website:

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.

The story is told by Ky and Cassia in alternating chapters.
In short, this is the bridge book that gears up at the end for the big finale in the third and final book.
I’ll be waiting anxiously for the last book.
I’m invested in these characters and their story.
I’ve heard it compared to Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games trilogy, but I think it’s best to end their likeness at both being set in Dystopia. Just enjoy the reading.
Author Ally Condie creates a suspenseful story of two very likable characters. Universal themes paint the pages:  cost of personal freedom for the betterment of society, sacrifice, love and loss, and choosing to join or reject a call to action.  Condie’s perspective of a controlled society is well drawn and stays with you even after turning the last page.
Quotes I enjoyed from Crossed:
“In the end you can’t always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go.”
“I decided that it was the thoughts in your own mind that mattered more than anything else.”
“You have intuition, too. The Society says it doesn’t really exist, but it does.”
“We have all been carved out by our sorrow. Cut deep like canyon walls.”
― Ally CondieCrossed


  1. I.AM.SO.EXCITED. Thank you for the review. It is on my list and know i will whip right thru it since it is awesome….like you. 🙂

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