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, which are the Aberrations and Anomalies, to fight in the war against the Enemy. Ky is among the Aberrations, not a citizen of Society like Cassia. He too sees a chance to escape, and leaves in the middle of the night with two companions.
Both groups of runaways escape into the Carving, a great maze-like canyon in the middle of the desert. Ky is desperate to find a way to get back to Cassia, but little does he know that she too has managed to make it into the Carving. Only a few days pass before their paths cross, and Ky and Cassia are reunited. They continue into the Carving together, their two groups merging into one. Now, their focus becomes finding the Rising, the resistance against the Society, and joining with them. Cassia and Indie are eager, but Ky does not trust the resistance group.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the change in points of view. Cassia and Ky take turns telling their sides of the story. 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. There is a lot that is beginning to be set up so that we can get to the climax in the final book, Reached. And just like other love triangles, Cassia realizes in this middle book just how much she loves both Ky and Xander, for vastly different reasons. We are led to believe it will be Ky (especially since Xander was only in this book for a brief amount of time), but I think Condie will not make this decision an easy one for Cassia.
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