Crossed by Ally Condie
The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.
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.
What would it feel like to escape the society? What would it feel like to be part of a rebellion? These are the ideas presented in Ally Condie’s book Crossed, the second novel in a series that deals with tough choices and a pursuit of love and happiness. Set in an advanced, dystopian society, the novel tells the story of young adults who are challenged with many long journeys and overcomable obstacles just to survive the Outer Provinces of the society. They will go to no means in order to be apart of The Rising, and in the process they meet some new faces who can help them dearly. All of these young adults really find out the true meaning of survival. While I enjoyed the entire novel, I most enjoyed the themes, setting and unique vocabulary that it included.
I enjoyed the challenging themes presented in the book, and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world. Cassia Reyes, the protagonist in this novel, is a strong and courageous young woman who fights for whats right. She goes through any obstacle that you throw at her and she certainly stands up for what she believes in. On the other hand, Ky, Cassia’s true love from the beginning, is a young man who is generally quite and has gone through many journeys throughout his life. He has never really noticed his love for Cassia, but that changes when the both of them make some tough decisions for each other. For example, Cassia and Ky both go to The Rising for each other, and in my opinion, that really shows their true love for one another. In my opinion, the main theme of Crossed is that don’t let any obstacle, journey or person stop us from what we truly believe in and love.
The setting was a second element that I really enjoyed in this novel. Like most dystopian novels, the setting is a city of the future, but Crossed had several settings within it. For example, instead of the society being the main setting, the Outer Provinces was the main setting of this novel. This is where the protagonist and the other characters mainly spend the most of their time at. Another example of a setting in this novel is The Carving. It is a dangerous and mysterious place that Cassia has escaped into, but it might hold the answers that she is looking for. In my opinion, the exciting settings of Crossed really explain the book in a thorough and enjoyable way.
The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the unique language and vocabulary of the novel. While the primary audience is young adult, the language is not dumbed down in any way. There is very strong vocabulary that describes the novel very well. For example, “In the end you can’t always choose what to keep.You can only choose how you let it go.” This is just one of Ally Condie’s many inspirational quotes that she has written in Crossed. Another example, “Love changes what is probable and makes unlikely things possible.” This is a quote based on true love, life decisions and chances. One thing that I really liked about the language and vocabulary was how the novel was written in Cassia’s and Ky’s point of view. In my opinion, it made the novel better and it gave the novel a clearer understanding.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and intend to continue reading the series. I really want to know what is in store for Cassia and the other characters future in the Outer Provinces. I recommend this book to teens who like novels about romance, survival and dystopian society. I wouldn’t recommend this novel to readers who don’t like anything that has to do with love or a futuristic setting. In my opinion, it is a really good book for teens and it sets a good example for people in our world today. Cassia Reyes is definitely a strong and courageous female who fights for what she wants. With its relatable theme, unique setting and strong vocabulary, Ally Condie has created a winner in her book Crossed.
Written by Cody Adkins