This post reviews the second book of the Matched trilogy. You may like to read the first book in the series, Matched, before reading this review.
Cassia has been relocated to the Tana Province on a 3-month work assignment in the fields. When she sees her chance to escape from her own assignment, she takes it. She flees with one of the girls from her work group, Indie, in hopes of reaching the Outer Provinces to find Ky. Meanwhile, in the Outer Provinces, people are not lasting long. The Society is using its lowest members, the Aberrations and Anomalies, to fight in the war against the Enemy. Ky, among the Aberrations, escapes with two companions.
Both groups of runaways escape into the Carving, a great maze-like canyon in the middle of the desert, and accidentally find each other. Their new focus is to find the Rising, the resistance against the Society.
I really liked the change in points of view between Cassia and Ky. Not only does this make things more interesting, but we also get to see into the heart of Ky in a way that we couldn’t in book one. Crossed kept me interested, but the first half of the book was rather slow until Cassia and Ky finally met up.
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